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We continue our look at the lives of rock stars who have spoken publicly about their abuse.
“My mom had stuff in her room that I could sneak in and get…books, vibrators. I did it. I’m sure everybody does…”
Prince Rogers Nelson a/k/a Prince called the film Purple Rain (the story of a tormented boy with an unhappy homelife) his “emotional biography”, but was contradictory when speaking about the abuse he endured as a child [1B].
Prince’s epilepsy was viewed as sinful, and an embarrassment by his parents. Exposed to pornography early in life, he was thrown out of the house at age 12 when his father, John Nelson, found him in bed with a girl.
“Don’t abuse children or else they turn out like me.”
-Excerpt from the song “Papa” by Prince
Musically, Prince was a perfectionist, driving all the musicians with whom he worked hard [1C]. The musical polymath, known for sexual lyrics, is thought to have bedded dozens of women during his lifetime. He died at age 57 of an accidental fentanyl overdose [3A].
Prince was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame in 2016 [3B]. Many artists including Beyonce, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Usher, and Alicia Keyes have cited him as an influence [3C].