Prince’s Divorce Records Unsealed
In January of 2017, records from the Prince’s divorce from Manuela Testolini were unsealed pursuant to court order. The Minneapolis Star Tribune petitioned the court to unseal the files despite Testolini’s objection. Her attorney did not immediately respond to requests from The Associated Press for comment although reportedly she claimed that the disclosure would put her family, as well as herself, at risk.
Prince, 57, died of an accidental painkiller overdose in April of 2016. The couple met when Testolini was working as a consultant for his charity, Love 4 One Another. They married on Christmas day of 2001 and divorced in 2007. The documents do not give financial details of the final divorce settlement although Testolini reportedly received a house in Toronto worth about $6 million and a Lexus automobile, the Star-Tribune reported. Prince previously was married to one of his former backup dancers, Mayte Garcia.
The unsealed records show that the couple lived a luxurious lifestyle that included spending $50,000 per party after major awards ceremonies such as the Oscars and the Grammys. They also show that Testolini hired a $5,000-a-day stylist to do her hair and makeup. The records also show the couple would spend $50,000 on food, drink, and decorations for each affair. “We had accounts at boutiques including Gucci, Versace, and Valentino. We had accounts at Saks. There was never any restriction on (Prince’s) or my spending,” Testolini said.
Two years after their divorce, Testolini claimed Prince had not returned several personal items valued at $185,000, including a Tiffany gold and diamond earring set, photographs, memorabilia, and scrapbooks. She also alleged that he never returned copies of videos he made based on two songs he had written for her. Prince was not represented by an attorney at that time and did not respond to her allegations.
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