They’re anything but a house divided. Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson took to Facebook on Friday, May 13, to reassure fans that, despite reports, neither she nor anyone in her family has been at odds with the rest of the family.
“Hi Y’all, U know I only come on here when I have sumthin’ ta say,” she began the post. “So Let me make myself VERY CLEAR! I nor my brother’s remains will be present at any Memorial or Funeral services, until the families Memorial/Funeral Tribute.”
“Please Don’t misunderstand,” she continued. “The grief process is a unique experience to each individual and Therefore I support any and all Memorials or Funerals that have happened and/or are being planned … However I will Not be in attendance, because I feel that once … is enough.”
As previously reported earlier this month, Nelson and Prince’s half siblings — John Nelson, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker — have decided to allow Bremer Trust to continue to manage Prince’s assets until they decide what to do with his estate.
Prince left behind no valid will, so his estate — most recently estimated to be worth about $150 million — has no designated heir. Earlier this month, a Minnesota judge authorized the use of the late music icon's blood to run DNA tests should anyone step forward and try to claim inheritance.
According to Tyka’s post, “no one in my family has fought about anything, and least of all me.”
“Matthew 12:25 says that ‘Every city or household divided against itself will Not Stand.’ and because All of US were raised in the church, we know This All 2 Well … so Please don’t believe everything u read or get it twisted … We will … ‘Let Patience Have Its Perfect Work’ James 1:4 … and remain United!”
In a 2003 interview with The National Enquirer, Tyka admitted that her relationship with Prince wasn't always a great one.
"I love my brother. But I'm not a yo-yo. He can't just keep spinning me in and out of his life," she said at the time.
Prince was found dead at his Chanhassen, Minnesota, home on April 21, and though an autopsy has been completed, the results revealing the Grammy winner’s cause of death are still pending.
Prince’s sister ended the note with an update: an official memorial will be held for Prince by his family in August.