Prince’s former wife Mayte Garcia joins late singer’s tribute concert

Mayte Garcia

Mayte Garcia and Prince divorced in 2000.

Prince’s ex-wife Mayte Garcia has joined the lineup for this week’s tribute concert honouring the late “Purple Rain” megastar in St. Paul.

Other performers announced Tuesday include former Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger; Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura, whom Prince would feature in international performances; and Prince’s former bandmate Andre Cymone.

Stevie Wonder, Christina Aguilera, Chaka Khan, John Mayer and Tori Kelly are among performers already lined up for Thursday’s concert that is sanctioned by Prince’s family.

 

Fans snapped up tickets for the Xcel Energy Centre show when they went on sale Sept. 19.

Prince died of an accidental painkiller overdose at his Paisley Park recording complex in April.

Mayte Garcia and Prince married on Valentine’s Day in 1996. Garcia was 22 and Prince 37.

Two months later, Garcia discovered she was pregnant. The child, Ahmir (listed as “Boy Gregory” on intake records) was born on 16 October 1996, and died a week later due to Pfeiffer syndrome, which is rare skull defect.

Mayte checked into the hospital under the alias “Mia Gregory” to maintain privacy. Intake records listed her child, then officially unnamed at the time, as “Boy” to reflect sex, with the given surname of Gregory, which reflected Mayte’s alias.

She revealed at a Los Angeles memorial for Prince, that she and the singer gave the child the name Ahmir, meaning “prince” in Arabic.

In a later interview, Garcia stated that she and Prince also lost a pregnancy early on to a miscarriage. In 1998, Prince announced the couple’s divorce, eventually filing an annulment June 2000.

 

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