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Prince’s Secret Scientology Ties: Star Found Church ‘Intriguing,’ Ex-Wife Claims

Mar. 29 2017, Updated 11:02 a.m. ET

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During the last years of his life, Prince identified as a Jehovah’s Witness. But the late rock icon flirted with Scientology in the 90’s, his ex-wife Mayte Garcia claims in her new tell-all book.

According to the dancer and choreographer, who was married to Prince for four years until 2000, a “celebrity” tried to “win him over” to the controversial church.

But ultimately, the eccentric star decided to step away from the religion.

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“It’s intriguing,” she claims he told her. “But I don’t need somebody telling me how to believe in my God.”

“He was always a spiritual seeker…He was way too smart to be sucked into something just because he was vulnerable in that moment.”

Ultimately, Garcia, now 47, says her ex became engulfed in the Jehovah’s Witness faith in the difficult years following their infant son Amiir’s October 1996 death.

The musician’s bassist pal Larry Graham introduced him to the religion, and soon became involved in every aspect of his life. Garcia’s husband changed — and it destroyed their marriage.

“He was hard core into it and had gotten it into his head that God was displeased with the life he had lived when he was younger, and Amiir’s death was part of the price he had to pay for that,” she explains in the book, out April 4.

“This was a place I couldn’t go to. I could not go there with him, no matter how hard he tried to make me see that path,” recalls Garcia, who was born Catholic. “I…refused to embrace the Gospel According to Graham. I was the enemy now, the opposer, who wanted to drag him back to the sinful ways of Babylon.”

Prince remained a Jehovah’s Witness until his 2016 overdose death at 57.

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