Mayte Garcia On Prince: “He Was My First Crush, My First Love”

On Thursday, April 21, 2016, music learned it lost one of its greatest legends, Prince, who was 57. As fans across the country and around the globe mourn the loss of the 57-year-old icon, we look to Puerto Rican dancer Mayte Garcia who met Prince at the tender age of 16 and was married to him for four years.

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“When we met I was a virgin and had never been with anybody,” she revealed to Mirror. “I’d always been a very focused dancer and very protected. Prince was my first crush, and my first love, but we didn’t start to get serious until I turned 18. He was very respectful.”

Garcia, 42, admits that she’s had her fair share of lovers since the divorce, yet no one has measured up to The Purple One. “All the songs he wrote for me, that’s a pretty hard act to follow. I’ve dated a couple of guys, musicians, who have written me poems or songs and I’m like, ‘Seriously, don’t even go there. You can’t compete!’ she said.

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In the same interview, the reality TV star disclosed what she feels ultimately severed their union: “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.”

We send our condolences to Prince’s family and friends. May he rest in power.