He asked very detailed kind of foreign-policy questions.And then he'd ask, "Why doesn't Obama just outlaw birthdays? He'd bring people in, we'd have listening sessions at Paisley.He was a legend, a virtuoso, one of the true gods of music.But he was also (at times, anyway) a person in the world like anyone else.I saw his bathroom because I left my hair dryer at the hotel and I needed to do my Afro for the show, and he let me use his hair dryer.Misty Copeland _(principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre; appeared in a Prince video and live performances): _He never called from a number you'd recognize, so you'd never know it was going to be him.His room was so small compared with everything I saw. It was kinda homey—he had this little queen-size bed, and a huge-ass TV, like a 52-inch ﬂatscreen.He had a little private bathroom right there, a big-ass bathtub in there, and fake palm trees and a tan-colored ﬂoor—doing a little beach look.
He's untouchable, he's a unicorn, he's a meta-planet.
The ﬁrst day I got [to Paisley Park], I found these pants in his closet, these black-and-blue kind of leopard-print things. And the late-night things—I don't think I was the only one to say that Prince threw rocks or came and picked them up in the middle of the night.
I went to this rehearsal, and this beautiful black girl walked up to me and said, "Hi, I'm Kim. " And I said yes, and she was like, "Those are my pants." I was so mortiﬁed. And I was too young to really communicate with him, so I just kind of pulled away. You'd go to a record store, you'd watch some movies, you'd make some popcorn. André Cymone _(teenage friend and early musical collaborator): _ He ran away, asked if he could stay with me. I don't remember verbatim what the conversation was, other than "I can't deal with that shit anymore." He just turned up. I played basketball with him once when we were both in high school, down at Martin Luther King Park, where a lot of pickup games happened.
Loved to speak in different accents—British and French…everything. to Minneapolis and went home long enough to shower, threw on a baseball cap, jeans, sweatshirt, and drove over to the studio. Gwen Stefani: The first time I met him, this is my memory: He was wearing an all-purple velour jumpsuit with the collar that goes up, kinda like an Elvis jumpsuit. He was such a cool, amazing guy that just never turned off.
Sometimes I'd be, "Who dressed in what could look like show/stage clothes: a couture suit, matching handmade boots from a shoemaker in Paris, his hair done and full makeup. I went up the stairs and Prince was coming down the hall from his ofﬁce. Like, he really was living that version of what you think he was—that was him. You know, if you got people around that can carry phones and money for you, you can get away with that. If he needed to use a phone he'd use my phone or a driver's phone.