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Also in the Prince relationship mix during the 1980s was singer and drummer Sheila E, with the pair getting close after meeting in 1978 which led to Prince working and recording with Sheila on a variety of projects, including Purple Rain.She was the most successful of the singer's protegees, going on to find her own success with songs like The Glamorous Life which was released in 1984 and earned her a Best New Artist Grammy nomination.'I loved his music, but I had absolutely no idea or expectation that that single would be such a big hit, not at all. Prince paid tribute to Vanity during a concert in Australia shortly after he death, where he performed songs in her honor while also highlighting the hits he wrote while the two were together, including his classic 'Little Red Corvette.' Moonsie was just a teenager at the time and had been a member of Vanity 6, later joining Apollonia 6 and ending her relationship with Prince in 1983 or 1984, possibly because he began dating Susannah Melvoin.
They dated for a few years, during which Prince renamed her Vanity, instead of Denise Matthews.
This year, he paid tribute to their love after she died She would go on to have relationships with artists rockers Billy Idol and Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue before marrying football player Anthony Smith in 1995, one year after becoming a born-again Christian following an overdose of crack cocaine.
But he also enjoyed dalliances with celebrities throughout the 80s and 90s, including Madonna, Kim Basinger, Sherilyn Fenn, Vanessa Marcil, Susanna Hoffs and Tara Leigh Patrick - who later renamed herself Carmen Electra, as per Prince's suggestion.
Protege: Prince and Vanity on a 1983 Rolling Stone cover (right).
The native Canadian largely avoided the spotlight during her marriage to the star, focusing on her charitable endeavors as well as her production company Gamillah, Inc., which she used to help promote non-profit organizations. More recently there were also rumors that he had a relationship with ballerina Misty Copeland after she appeared in his 2009 music video for 'Crimson and Clover' and joined him on select tour dates to dance while he performed.