Editor's note: This piece was originally published two years ago. He Held Back an Album After Freaking Out on Ecstasy Prince's officially untitled 1987 "Black Album," so called because of its all-black cover, was supposed to be his hardest and most aggressive effort to date. "Sometimes people act surprised," he told The New Yorker in 2008, "but mostly they're really cool about it." 4. Michael walks out with his bodyguard, and Prince starts strutting around like a rooster. Longtime Prince confrere Alan Leeds told Vibe, "Michael coming to Prince and wanting him to do 'Bad,' that really pissed him off.

Prince is one of those rare and wonderful humans who's surrounded by so much mystery and lore that you're willing to believe almost anything you hear about him. But days before its release, he withdrew the album, allegedly after having a bad ecstasy experience — one which supposedly led him to believe that he'd be committing an act of evil if he unleashed such dark-sounding music upon the world. And He Took That Job Extremely Seriously In 2003, Prince and Graham knocked on the door of a Jewish family in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. You've walked into a Jewish household, and this is not something I'm interested in.' He says, 'Can I just finish? Prince was like, 'Oh, he wants me to punk out on record. ' He probably couldn't get outside himself enough to realize that it was the kind of thing that probably could have benefited both of them." 14.

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That same year she also inspires Prince's latest album, whose title was an unpronounceable symbol that later became known as Love Symbol.

And in 1995, Prince penned his hit song 'The Most Beautiful Girl in the World' for Garcia.

"Not to get too personal, if you lose your mum at the age of 12 then you've got to deal with it and the idea that....15, 17 years later I still hadn't dealt with it, Afghan was the moment.

I was like 'right—deal with it.'"In 2014, after his second tour, Prince Harry, who served one tour of duty in 2008 and another 20-week tour of duty from September 2012 to January 2013, created the Invictus Games, an annual, international Paralympic-style multi-sport event, in which wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and their associated veterans compete.

Prince, who was 32 at the time, later met 16-year-old Mayte for the first time backstage. ’ It came as a surprise, because he’s got such a huge presence on stage,” Mayte says.

“When I mentioned I could flip coins on my belly, he called everyone into the room to watch.” Prince, after asking permission of course, began contacting Mayte and continued to do so for almost two years.

Here are a handful of the weirdest, most delightful, and, in some — that's 1. Boozer filed a lawsuit over the unauthorized alterations. He Went Door-to-Door for Jehovah's Witnesses Under the religious influence of his friend and mentor, former Sly and the Family Stone bassist Larry Graham, Prince knocked on doors, proselytizing on behalf of Jehovah's Witnesses. "Michael drops his paddle and holds his hands up in front of his face so the ball won't hit him. He Thought Being Asked to Sing on "Bad" Was an Insult Was Jackson's smash hit was originally intended to be a duet with Prince?

(In less fantastic, still excellent news, he just released two new albums: Art Official Age and Plectrum Electrum, the latter featuring his all-female backing band, 3rd Eye Girl.) The thing is, some of the craziest rumors about Prince might not be mere rumors at all. He is a Renter's Nightmare In 2006, Prince rented a Hollywood mansion belonging to NBA player Carlos Boozer. The latter's former teammate Jay Williams told ESPN Radio that "Prince changed the front gate to the Prince sign ... changed the streaming blue waters that led to the front door to purple water," and so on.

“Looking back, it was a bit surreal,” Mayte recalls.