At the time, Prince’s lawyer, Patrick Cousins, told People magazine: “This isn’t something that he wanted . His first wife, Garcia, described him in a 2006 interview as “a bit controlling.” He has most recently been linked to ballerina Misty Copeland, who performs in his shows.Others at the Essence magazine event included Sean “Diddy” Combs — also reportedly cold-shouldered by Prince, who seemed unfriendly when Combs went to shake his hand — Cee Lo Green and Joy Bryant.
Reps for Prince, Benet and Essence all declined to comment.
Testolini, 37, was married to Prince from 2001 to 2006 and had no children.
Eric Benet spent his Valentine’s Day posing for a series of sweet family portraits and Us Weekly has an exclusive look at his baby daughter Amoura Luna.
Now this is what we call a gorgeous family portrait.
Eric Benét surprised his wife, Manuela Testolini, by setting up a photo shoot on Valentine's Day so that he and his family could take a picture that would last a lifetime. "As we continue to grow as a unit, it's so important to document these special moments in life, so for Valentine's Day, I wanted to give my wife and family a picture that captures our pure happiness. "Shot by Sheryl Nields Photography, the family portrait shows the R&B singer and his wife along with their three children, Amoura, Lucia Bella and India Benét.
Prince shut R&B crooner Eric Benet out of the Essence Black Women in Music pre-Grammy event in Hollywood because Benet is engaged to his ex-wife, Manuela Testolini, sources told Page Six.