Since his untimely death late last month, old interviews and snippets of information about Prince have been unearthed, such as an interview with him at his Paisley Park residence in Minnesota for Rolling Stone which was originally intended for a 2014 cover story.
One of the interesting parts of the interview with The Purple One is that he wanted to mentor Chris Brown. The writer, Brian Hiatt, told Prince that many people weren’t willing to forgive Brown for his infamous assault on then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009. However, Prince felt that forgiveness was important.
“Unforgivable?” he says. “Goodness. That’s when we go check the master, Christ.?…?Have you ever instantly forgiven somebody? It’s the best feeling in the world, and it totally dismantles that person’s whole stance.”
On the subject of mentorship, Hiatt asks Prince if he thinks he could’ve prevented Michael Jackson’s death. “I don’t want to talk about it. I’m too close to it,” he said. “He is just one of many who have gone through that door – Amy Winehouse and folks. We’re all connected, right, we’re all brothers and sisters, and the minute we lock that in, we wouldn’t let anybody in our family fall. That’s why I called Chris Brown. All of us need to be able to reach out and just fix stuff. There’s nothing that’s unforgivable.”
Could you imagine how things would be had this panned out? Sound off in the comments, and read the full interview here.