Prince’s New Memoir Reveals He Hated Ed Sheeran And Katy Perry, ‘Tell Them We Don’t Like It’

by Stephanie Kaloi

Prince loved to give an opinion. The singer was famously picky about nearly every aspect of life, and that definitely included his taste in popular culture and music.

In fact, the singer felt his feelings so strongly that he often wrote them down. In his new memoir, The Beautiful Ones, Prince issued a decree: “We need to tell them that they keep trying to ram Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran down our throats and we don’t like it no matter how many times they play it.”

His family found a huge collection of similar handwritten notes all over Paisley Park after the singer died from an overdose in 2016. The coauthor of his biography, Dan Piepenbring, used the letters to finish the book that Prince started.

Piepenbring recently told the Guardian, “In one room you’d find something from 1979, and within arm’s reach there’d be something from 2002. There’d be these moments of intense intentionality — he’d gathered up all his handwritten lyrics from across his career, clipped them together, and kept them in one place. Or he’d gathered artifacts pertaining to his father’s jazz band. It seemed very ad hoc and very personal.”

This isn’t the first time Prince has made waves for an off-the-wall story. After his death, numerous stories came out about the singer’s various eccentricities.

He was kind of a unicorn

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Maya Washington is a photographer whom Prince discovered online and became fast friends with. She told GQ, “Before you meet him, you have the idea of him being this thing: He’s untouchable, he’s a unicorn, he’s a meta-planet. So the first thing I was taken aback by, and a lot of people are taken aback by, is his size. Because I’m short, I’m five three … and he’s shorter than me. But, that aside, he is a unicorn. He’s somehow floating when he’s talking.”

Prince apparently resented sleep

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Carmen Electra and Prince dated for a while before she married Dave Navarro. She shared  with GQ that Prince apparently just never slept, saying, “He never slept — he couldn’t sleep. I would wake up alone: Where’d he go? And his housekeeper said, ‘He’s in the studio.’ Or he would leave the sweetest little notes on the stairs that would say: ‘Had to work! Couldn’t sleep. Come see me.'”

He was snarky about what people wore

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One thing Prince had opinions about was fashion. Jill Willis, his former publicist and comanager, told GQ, “He was always dressed in what could look like show/stage clothes: a couture suit, matching handmade boots from a shoemaker in Paris, his hair done and full makeup. One time, I had taken the red-eye from L.A. to Minneapolis and went home long enough to shower, threw on a baseball cap, jeans, sweatshirt, and drove over to the studio. I went up the stairs and Prince was coming down the hall from his office. ‘Going fishing?’ he asked.”

He wanted President Obama to outlaw birthdays and Christmas

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Political activist Van Jones shared: “He was very interested in the world. He wanted me to explain how the White House worked. He asked very detailed kind of foreign-policy questions. And then he’d ask, ‘Why doesn’t Obama just outlaw birthdays?’ … I’m, like, ‘What?’ He said, ‘I was hoping that Obama, as soon as he was elected, would get up and announce there’d be no more Christmas presents and no more birthdays — we’ve got too much to do.’ I said, ‘Yeah, I don’t know if that would go over too well.'”

He had someone fired for looking at him

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Notorious magazine once reported that Prince had someone fired for just … looking at him. “No crew members were allowed to look at him or talk to him. I literally saw him fire a guy for looking at him. He just said, ‘Why is that guy looking at me? Tell him to leave.'”

Prince didn't believe in ... time

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Prince also told Notorious, “Your magazine probably won’t print this, but I don’t believe in time. I don’t count. When you count, it ages you.”

He thought Michael Jackson insulted him

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Prince’s friend Alan Leeds told Vibe about “the thing about Michael coming to Prince and wanting him to do ‘Bad,’ that really pissed him off. Prince was like, ‘Oh, he wants me to punk out on record. Who does he think I am, crazy?’ He probably couldn’t get outside himself enough to realize that it was the kind of thing that probably could have benefited both of them.”

He didn't take off his boots for anyone

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Prince’s former manager Owen Husney told GQ that Santana invited the singer over, but there was a catch. “Santana wanted to meet Prince. He lived [up near] the very top of Mount Tamalpais. He was very much into his guru — everything is white. He asked us to take off our [shoes]. Prince wouldn’t take off his boots: ‘I don’t take ’em off for anybody.’ You have to remember, my guess would have been that even the boots were slightly elevated, so to take those boots off might be to be two inches shorter. So they’re walking, he and Santana went off in this room, and Prince must have walked in some mud, and I saw mud on this white floor, so I’m down on my hands and knees, cleaning it up as best I can while they’re walking, so Santana won’t see it.”

He struggled with Madonna

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Former dancer Cat Glover told GQ that Prince also had beef with Madonna. “He said he was having a hard time with Madonna and would I come down? He couldn’t deal with her by himself, is what he told me over the phone. So I came down and Madonna and Prince started arguing over the script. She was funny. I liked her. They both started ragging on each other. Madonna said she didn’t like the script, and Prince said to Madonna, ‘Well, I don’t like your shoes.’ That’s how it all started. I was sitting there going, ‘Oh my God, here we go.’ So Madonna told Prince, ‘I don’t like your shoes, either. Look at ’em with those peace signs and zippers and [expletive] all over ’em.’ And Prince was saying, ‘What are you wearing? Are those shoes or boots?’ ’Cause Madonna had on these cowboy-boot shoes.”

And he definitely wasn't impressed by George Michael

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Michael Pagnotta, Prince’s publicist from 1991 to 1995, shared with GQ: “We were out on the road on the Diamonds and Pearls tour, and I had to leave for a couple of days — George Michael was doing that ‘Too Funky’ video. I have to tell him that I have to go to Paris to do this George Michael video. And he just looked at me and was like, ‘What do you want to do that for? George Michael? George Michael ain’t [expletive].'”