Prince is striking a new prose. The iconic singer announced on Friday, March 18, that he's set to write his first book, a tell-all memoir titled The Beautiful Ones.
The “Purple Rain” singer, 57, told a crowd of approximately 200 special guests at New York City hot spot Avenue that the book, which is due out in fall 2017, would cover a wide swath of topics, including his memorable Super Bowl halftime show in 2007.
“This is my first [book],” he told the crowd. “My brother Dan is helping me with it. He’s a good critic and that’s what I need. He’s not a ‘yes’ man at all and he’s really helping me get through this. We’re starting from the beginning, from my first memory, and hopefully we can go all the way up to the Super Bowl.”
According to Us Weekly's Ian Drew, who was at the event, the eccentric songwriter wore an electric-blue pantsuit and wedge sneaker–style boots for the event, and played a medley of his biggest hits in celebration of the announcement, including “When Doves Cry,” “Nasty Girl,” “Forever in My Life,” “It's Alright” and "All the Critics Love U in New York."
“May just be here all night, are you crazy?” he said at one point as the crowd cheered.
The tight-lipped star has led a colorful life; here, Us Weekly rounds up three things we think might make the cut for the manuscript.
1. Prince’s love life: The musician has been linked to a whole slew of Hollywood A-listers, including Madonna, Kim Basinger, Carmen Electra, Anna Fantastic and Sheila E. At one point, he was engaged to Susannah Melvoin in 1985, and he later married Mayte Garcia in 1996 (they split three years later). In 2001, he married Manuela Testolini but the pair divorced five years later.
2. Prince had a son: While married to Garcia, he fathered a son, Boy Gregory, who died just one week after birth (he was born with a rare disease known as Pfeiffer syndrome). Neither the singer nor his ex has ever publicly discussed their child’s death.
3. He had an ongoing rivalry with Michael Jackson: In the '80s, both Prince and Jackson were on the rise, and the two were constantly being compared for their similar musical styles, going head-to-head at the top of the music charts. In his 2004 album Musicology, Prince famously had a lyric that seemed to be a direct jab at the King of Pop: “My voice is getting higher / And I ain’t never had my nose done / That’s the other guy.”