Mayte Garcia Opens Up About Child She Lost With Prince: 'I Don't Think He Ever Got Over It'
publish date: 2017-03-15
In Mayte Garcia's new memoir, The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince, the late rock icon's ex-wife reveals that the sudden death of the couple's son, Amiir (referred to publicly as Boy Gregory), after six days shook the singer to the core. "I don't think he ever got over it," Garcia says in an excerpt from the book in this week's People magazine. "I don’t know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven’t."
Prince and Mayte had long wanted a child, and the news that she was expecting Amiir (Arabic for Prince) was greeted with enthusiasm by both of them. The child, who was born with the rare genetic disorder Pfeiffer syndrome type 2, lived just six days.
Then 22, Garcia was living with Prince at his Paisley Park compound at the time, and the pair were very excited to raise a child in the mythical home/studio in the Minneapolis suburbs. According to Garcia's book, the pregnancy was going well until she began bleeding one day and a doctor recommended amniocentesis to test for genetic abnormalities, a procedure the physician warned carried the risk of miscarriage.