By: Chris Heath (GQ Magazine)
Date: December 8, 2016
“I can cook. But only one thing. Omelets.” — Prince, 2014
Cat Glover _(dancer and rapper, Sign o’ the Times and Lovesexy tours):_ Prince was never an eater. He would usually smell his food. Literally. I never really seen Prince eat. I’ve seen him make pancakes—he made me pancakes, he made me eggs. But he’s not the type of person that eats a lot.
Jill Jones (backing vocalist for Prince, 1982–91): Prince did the cooking. Scrambled eggs. He put curry and a little bit of Cheddar cheese in them. It was really good, actually. You know, he barely ate. I was always starving around him. I was always freaking hungry!
Copeland: Yeah, he has made me scrambled eggs. Breakfast was his forte. He liked to use a lot of seasoning. Like Lawry’s, or one of those all-purpose seasonings. They were delicious.
Susanna Hoffs (co-founder, The Bangles): I just found this Polaroid of a birthday cake that he sent me. I was still living at my parents’. It was a beautiful cake, obviously custom-made, in the shape of a guitar. It had yellow frosting. It just said, “Happy Birthday, Susanna.”
Washington: He was gushing about this sweet-potato pie—”You have to try it, it’s so good”—and he sends his assistant out. And I’m in the kitchen and he says, “How do you turn on this oven?” I didn’t know if he was being funny. I turned it on for him, and he’s like, “Oh.” I’m, “Do you really not know how to turn on your oven?… Prince, have you never used an oven before?” I’m: “Of course he’s never used an oven. Why would he?”
Springs: After the show—it was maybe like 10, 11—everybody was leaving, and Prince grabs me and says, “Hey, let’s go bike riding.” He had four bikes—two white cruisers and two dark blue or black mountain bikes. So I got on a cruiser, he got on a mountain bike, and we rode past everybody with our Afros, and everybody’s like, “Oh my God! Prince!” He lives in a kinda rural area. We rode down Audubon Road, then there’s a park right across the street and there’s a path, so we rode down there a little bit.
Washington: First, when you go on the bike rides, you’re like, “Wow! I went on a bike ride with Prince down to Lake Minnetonka!” It’s fun. And you think you’re special. Then I stayed there long enough that I’m like, “Oh—this is his thing.” This is what he does. He has the movie theater where you go to watch a movie—he’ll buy out the theater. He has his routine with all these young girls who come in: movies, bike ride, possibly a jam session. That sounds about right.
Springs: He was actually very respectful. I mean, I never got with him like that. If I did, I would tell everybody! He deﬁnitely did try, I’m not gonna lie. [laughs] He tried to hold my hand in the movie theater. And he would send the most ﬂirty e-mails—he would make it very clear.
Tollefson: He’d always have the most beautiful women hanging around with him. [One time] I was 17, I’m here dancing, and this girl was really attractive, and I’m just kind of dancing next to her. And then all of a sudden I see him walking by me with his pimp cane and his glasses on, and I’m thinking, “Wow, this is cool, he’s gonna dance with us.” And then, to my left, this guy walks in front of me and gently pushed me back. Then [Prince] started dancing with her, and then he took her up to his private office upstairs. I call that game, set, match. Prince won that. How to Cockblock Somebody 101.
Jill Jones: I’d never met anyone like him before. Not at all. It was just his conﬁdence. And he was really shy, too, so there was this childlike thing that went with it. He totally threw me off, because he didn’t do what every other guy did—like, come to your house at the right time and pick you up, meet your mom and dad. Prince would throw rocks at your window while you were sleeping. He did things that were almost like something from a fairy tale.