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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).
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.
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.
Melvoin also got some songs written in her honor during her time with Prince, including 'Nothing Compares 2 U,' the haunting ballad which was later performed by Sinead O'Connor and earned Prince a Song of the Year Grammy nomination.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.Former lovers: Madonna (second from left with friend Guy Oseary) is rumored to have had a fling with Prince (second from right with wife Mayte) and they met again at a 1999 party hosted by Donatella Versace (center) Nona Gaye, Marvin's daughter, was 18 when she started dating Prince in the early 90s.She is pictured here with the singer shortly after he changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol and wrote 'slave' on his face At 18, she became the focus of Prince's 1992 album whose title was an unpronounceable symbol and later became known as Love Symbol.On Valentine's Day in 1996, 22-year-old Garcia and Prince, 37, tied the knot Suffering: Garcia pictured hearing of Prince's death. I'm not going to go into it, but we detest each other...' she said in an interview with Uncut magazine.