Prince urged his ex-wife to remain silent about their infant son’s death in an interview shortly after the baby’s passing, she recalls in a new memoir.
Mayte Garcia remembers still being devastated by the loss of their child Amiir, who was born with a rare genetic disorder called Pfeiffer syndrome and died six days later, when the legendary singer told her Oprah Winfrey was coming to their Minnesota home for a story in the fall of 1996.
“He had me on my feet, but I was sobbing,” Garcia writes in an excerpt published Thursday by People magazine. “People came. A mask of heavy makeup was applied to my face. My husband took Oprah on a tour of Paisley Park, and her mission was clear. She’d come to find out if the child was dead or deformed like people were saying.”
Prince was clear in his request to Garcia that he didn’t want her to say anything about their late son, who was born on Oct. 16 that year, during the conversation with Oprah.
Mayte Garcia says her ex-husband Prince asked her to keep quiet about her son’s death in an interview with Oprah in 1996.
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“I sat on the sofa, smiling a pretty ballerina smile,” Garcia writes. “I’d been instructed by my husband, ‘Say nothing about Amiir.'”
One portion of the interview, which aired on a November 1996 episode of the “Oprah” talk show, was filmed inside the nursery Prince had made for Amiir when Garcia was under the care of doctors.
She still isn’t sure, she writes, why Prince allowed the interview to venture into the nursery.
“Oprah saw it before I did. I have to wonder why he took her in there,” Garcia, 43, explains in the book. “They stood in the middle of this colorful paradise of toys. It had everything a perfect nursery needs, except for the only thing a perfect nursery needs.”
Oprah eventually asked about their child’s rumored health issues, to which Prince simply replied, “It was all good,” according to Garcia.
A previous portion of the memoir, titled “The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince,” was posted online Wednesday by People.
Prince and Garcia were married from 1996 to 2000.
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In it, Garcia opens about their concerns about the baby’s health during her pregnancy, as well as the sorrow they suffered through after Amiir’s untimely death.
“I don’t think he ever got over it,” Garcia told People in an interview about the book. “I don’t know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven’t.”
Garcia and Prince, who died in April 2016 from an accidental drug overdose, where married from 1996 to 2000.