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.
“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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