Prince is remembered around the world as an amazing artist, friend, and inspiration. Mayte Garcia was Prince’s first wife and even though they were married for just a couple of years, their love for each other lasted a lifetime.“This man was my everything, we had a family. I am beyond deeply saddened and devastated,” said Garcia to People Magazine. She was his inspiration behind the song, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World” and his muse for most of the 90’s. Garcia met Prince in 1990 at a concert in Spain when she was just 16 years old.
Her mother, Janelle, also a big Prince fan passed a video of her daughter dancing to one of Prince’s backup dancers and 5 days later she received a call from Prince who hired her. She was his muse and not only was she able to dance with his Diamonds and Pearls tour, but she even recorded English and Spanish vocals for his albums.
In 1996 Prince and Mayte married on Valentine’s Day. The couple had one son together, Boy Gregory, who passed away one week after being born. The baby suffered from Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that affects the skull and bones in the hands and feet. The death was devastating, since they were looking forward to being parents.
“It was very difficult for them and I don’t think they really recovered from that,” explains Lindsley Allen, one of Prince’s dancers. She remembers that they had even built a beautiful playroom and swing set for the child.
“They had a great love for each other. They had a twinkle in their eyes,” explains Allen. “They definitely loved working together. In the studio it seemed like they had a great respect for one another. He loved her as a beautiful dancer and her heart and soul is very genuine and sweet.”
Soon after, Garcia became pregnant again, but miscarried. “To lose two babies is really scary. It really caught me emotionally, physically, everything. It took me at least 15 years to get over it and still, to this day, I miss my son,” said Garcia to the Mirror. “I believe a child dying between a couple either makes you stronger or it doesn’t. For me, it was very, very hard to move forward and for us as a couple I think it probably broke us.” The couple annulled their marriage in 1999 and officially divorced in 2000.
“I loved him then, I love him now, and will love him eternally. He’s with our son now,” said Garcia upon learning of Prince’s death. The legendary singer died at the age of 57 and the cause of his death is still under investigation.