No holds barred! In Prince’s lost final 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, the late music icon threw shade at Justin Bieber and predicted the United States would elect a woman president in 2016, among many other juicy tidbits.
The “Purple Rain” singer spoke with the magazine from his Chanhassen, Minnesota, Paisley Park studios for a feature that was originally meant to be a cover story and was later scrapped. During his chat with the outlet — he previously graced six covers of the music bible — the notoriously private superstar was uncharacteristically candid.
“You're trying to find the personality first, make sure you've got that locked in," Prince said, expressing his disappointment in the state of the entertainment industry. The seven-time Grammy winner, who first found fame in the late '70s, then went on to argue that music execs are looking for anything but actual talent.
“And it's better if they got scandal on 'em or a reality show or sex tape. And they have it down to an art,” he lamented, before taking aim at the Biebs, then 20 years old. “They're getting street cred for Justin Bieber now!"
Aside from his criticism of the modern-day pop machine, Prince spoke about his vision for a female 45th POTUS, following President Barack Obama’s 8-year tenure.
"We're in the feminine aspect now. That's where society is. You're gonna get a woman president soon. Men have gone as far as they can, right? … I learn from women a lot quicker than I do from men,” he explained. “At a certain point, you're supposed to know what it means to be a man, but now what do you know about what it means to be a woman? Do you know how to listen? Most men don't know how to listen."
In his discussion with Rolling Stone, Prince also touched on his religious faith, remaining celibate, and his relationship with Chris Brown and the late Michael Jackson, who passed away in 2009.
"It's just all expanded," he explained of becoming a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001, after being introduced to the religion by his bassist Larry Graham. "Anything I believed then, I believe even more now — it's just expanded."
"The hunger turns into something else," he said of abstaining from sex, noting both religious and “energy”-related reasons. (Prince was married to his former backup dancer, Mayte Garcia, from 1996 until 2000. He was last wed to businesswoman Manuela Testolini, whom he divorced in 2006, after five years of marriage.)
On his friendship with fellow pop legend Jackson, Prince said: "I don't want to talk about [Jackson’s death]. I'm too close to it."
He continued, "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,” he said of the controversial “Don’t Wake Me Up” singer.
As Us Weekly previously reported, Prince died at the age of 57, after being found unresponsive in an elevator on April 21 at his Paisley Park compound.
His autopsy was completed on April 22. While results are still pending, investigators are considering an overdose as the cause of the musician’s death. The news comes after federal law enforcement officials told NBC News on Wednesday, April 27, that prescription painkillers were found in Prince's possession and in his home when he died.
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