Inside Prince’s Obsession With His Sexy Protégé & Fling, Vanity

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Feb. 23 2018, Published 5:39 p.m. ET

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REELZ is blowing the lid off Prince’s obsession with his onetime lover and protégé Vanity in the network’s new show The Price of Fame: Prince.

The late iconic singer first laid eyes on the stunning Canadian model, then known as Denise Matthews, one night at a backstage party for the American Music Awards in 1980.

Prince was allegedly love struck, and he quickly recruited her to be part of his musical militia.

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“He spotted talent in a young singer named Denise, and he created the persona and star that was Vanity,” explains journalist and author Mark Ebner.

In a tragic twist of fate, Vanity, a recovered crack addict who suffered kidney and abdominal issues, died at age 57 in 2016, just months before Prince took a lethal dose of opioid painkillers.

For more secrets from Prince and Vanity’s infamous relationship, tune into The Price of Fame: Prince, on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 9 ET / PT on REELZ.

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