Singer Pink said the music industry suffered a huge loss with the death of Prince, but she wasn’t always so respectful of the singer. Pink reflected on a time she called him a “rude f---” backstage at a 1998 concert, during an interview Wednesday with Australian radio show Fitzy & Wippa on NOVA 96.9.
When asked about the “Purple Rain” singer, she said: "I actually got into an argument with Prince once.”
Pink, 36, continued with a laugh: "I asked him to collaborate with me, and he asked me if I owned my own masters. I told him no … because I had just gotten a record deal. It was a little early to be demanding my masters back. He said to call him when I did, and I told him he was a 'rude f---' and then I went on stage."
Even though she cursed out the singer, she looked up to him and mourned his loss. She chalked up her actions to being young. "I loved him. I totally loved him. … I was 19 at the time. I didn't see people coming from good places back then," she said.
What Prince did to set her off might be alarming, considering it wasn’t that outlandish. He asked if she owned the rights to her songs, which is something Prince battled with Warner Brothers over his own music.
“Prince is everybody's genius,” she said. “I feel like with David Bowie and Prince … the world lost a lot of sparkle this year, and it hurts my heart because I don't know what's going to replace it. These people are irreplaceable, and it's really hard. It's really, really, really sad." Bowie died in January at age 69.
A cause of death for Prince has not been revealed. The star had the painkiller Percocet on his person when he was found unconscious in his Minnesota home April 21. Toxicology results from his autopsy won’t be available for several weeks.
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