Prince remembers ex-girlfriend and late protégé Vanity during Australian concert


Prince pays tribute to Vanity during concert.

Prince pays tribute to protégé Vanity.

Mass Appeal Wire Reports

MELBOURNE — During Tuesday’s concert in Australia, renowned music innovator Prince paid homage to his ex-girlfriend and late protégé — Vanity (legal name Denise Katrina Matthews) — who passed away amid complications from kidney failure and an abdominal illness. She was 57. Prince found out about Vanity’s death on Monday (Feb 15). “I’m trying to stay focused, it’s a little heavy for me tonight,” he told the audience. “Can I tell you a story about Vanity? Or should I tell you a story about Denise? Her and I used to love each other deeply.”

“She loved me for the artist I was, I loved her for the artist she was trying to be,” Prince continued. “She and I would fight. She was very headstrong ’cause she knew she was the finest woman in the world. She never missed an opportunity to tell you that.”

Prince recruited Vanity in the early ’80s for his all-female group “Vanity 6” along with Brenda Bennett and Susan Moonsie. The sexy trio is best known for their raunchy hit single “Nasty Girl.” Vanity also starred in several films, most notably “The Last Dragon” and “Action Jackson.”

She’ll definitely be missed.


  1. Remembered her as a sinner then a saint. RIP Denise.

  2. She was a true beauty.

  3. “She loved me for the artist I was, I loved her for the artist she was trying to be…”

    Wow, how classy Mr Artist. Too bad you yourself haven’t put out anything of worth since Bill Clinton was president.

  4. Vanity was soooo damn sexy!! I remember her in the the movie The Last Dragon, damn she was hot.

  5. This is the most respectful thing that he’s done publicly in 10 years.

  6. RIP Denise….

  7. I guess Prince isnt gay after all

  8. You will be missed 🙂

  9. I remember drooling over her in the Last Dragon. Rest in peace Denise.

  10. Johnson & Johnson

    prince likes men and women

  11. Her vocals werent great but she was the sexiest singer of her era

  12. 57 is too young to die 🙁

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