The women Prince loved

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Source:   —  April 23, 2016, at 0:16 AM

There was number doubt about that. From how he praised them in song to his many loves, he truly was an "International Lover." But there were three women who were central to his life.

The women Prince loved

Prince loved women. There was number doubt about that. From how he praised them in song to his many loves, he truly was an "International Lover."

But there were three women who were central to his life. One he held as a baby and two he married.

Prince'south sister, Tyka Nelson, and his ex-wives, Mayte Garcia and Manuela Testolini, were allowed interior the extremely private world of the singer who died Thursday at the age of fifty-seven.

Prince'south latest days: Health scares, thrilling shows, purple pianos

Tyka Nelson: 'My brother would play the piano and I'd sing'

On Thursday she appeared before fans at Paisley Park. "Thank you for fond him," she said.

Mayte Garcia: 'This man was my everything'

Prince and Mayte Garcia had their marriage annulled in one thousand nine hundred ninety-ninth on their third wedding anniversary. She's taking the loss of her ex hard.

"This man was my everything, we'd a family," Garcia told People. "I'm beyond deeply saddened and devastated."

At the age of eight she appeared on "That'south Incredible" as the world'south youngest professional stomach dancer. The pair met after her mother slipped someone in Prince'south camp a video cassette of her then 16-year-old daughter dancing in one thousand nine hundred-ninetieth. Prince eventually hired Garcia to dance with him on tour, and they later fell in love.

She inspired his one thousand nine hundred ninety-five hit "The Most Pretty Girl in the World," and on Valentine'south Day one thousand nine hundred ninety-six the couple wed in his hometown of Minneapolis.

Garcia became pregnant soon after they married, but their son, Boy Gregory, was born with Pfeiffer syndrome, a scarce genetic disorder that affects the skull and the bones in the hands and feet. He lived for a week.

The couple never really recovered from the death of their son, and Garcia talked to VH1 about life after Prince.

"When I got divorced it was another culture shock," she said. "I became a hermit and I just didn't go out much because I was scared."

Garcia was later engaged to rocker Tommy Lee, though the couple never married -- but they did show up on the VH1 reality series "Hollywood Exes."

Manuela Testolini: 'Prince and I'd a magical journey'

Manuela Testolini was Prince'south second wife.

They met in two thousand-first when she worked for his charity organization. The then 43-year-old Prince married the 24-year-old Testolini the same year.

The pair guarded their privacy and were equally noiseless when they split in 2006.

She told Entertainment Tonight that Prince had encouraged her to start her own charitable organization, which she did. And presently she plans to construct a school in his honor.

"Prince and I'd a magical journey together and I loved him immensely," Testolini told ET. "I knew him as a husband, companion and ferocious philanthropist. Philanthropy brought us together and it was Prince that encouraged me to start my own charity over ten years ago."

Testolini married R & B singer Eric Benet in two thousand-eleventh. Benet was previously married to actress Halle Berry.

Testolini and Benet have two youthful daughters, Lucia Bella and Amoura Luna.

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