The debate over whether Prince had a will has taken another turn, courtesy of the “Purple Rain” singer’s ex-wife, Mayte Garcia.
Garcia, who was married to Prince from 1996 to 2000 and had a son with the singer who died a week after his birth, sat for an interview with Ashleigh Banfield of HLN’s “Primetime Justice” to confirm that the singer had in fact made out a will.
“When I was with him he had a will, because I was pregnant,” Garcia said in the interview, which is scheduled to air Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET. “And I remember there was a concern about financial stuff. I remember I just started seeing the bills coming in and I went, ‘Hey!’ And I remember he finally said, ‘Don’t worry, I have everything taken care of.'”
Following Prince’s April 21, 2016 death at age 57, Prince’s sister Tyka Nelson filed papers saying that Prince had died intestate (without a will).
However, in May 2016, author and filmmaker Ian Halperin told TheWrap that he’d spoken to people who insisted that Prince had a will, and that the authorities haven’t done due diligence to locate it.
Halperin said at the time that there was speculation that the will could be in Canada. Prince formerly owned a home in Toronto, and according to Halperin, the musician had a relationship with a woman from Montreal with whom he was enamored.
Halperin added that he had been told there are friends and family members of the musician who could have an interest in concealing the will, as they might not have benefited from it.
Halperin pointed to Prince’s business savvy as further evidence that he would have taken steps to settle his affairs.
“He was one of the shrewdest people in the entertainment industry,” Halperin said.