Inside Prince’s wild parties fuelled with drugs, booze and ‘big bouji beds’
When it comes to crazy superstar bashes, there were few wilder than Prince – and this week his pal Gabrielle let slip the secrets of his wild parties.
She told me how she was at a do thrown by the Purple Rain singer and caught Visage frontman Steve Strange getting up to no good in the toilets. And at another, Prince had decorated the venue with supersized beds perfect for hijinks.
Gabrielle, who sticks to the booze, tells me: “The craziest party I went to was a Prince party in Minneapolis.
“We walked into rooms and there were beds in there. Big bouji beds, I remember being bowled over and I remember the fabulousness.
“Then there was another Prince party in London. I went to the toilet and there was a guy in it.
“I remember getting really annoyed because I knew they were doing drugs in there and it turned out to be Steve Strange.
“I remember slagging them off saying, ‘What kind of guy does that?’
“That was the craziest party. I was innocent because I don’t smoke and I didn’t start drinking until late in life.”
Steve died in 2015 aged 55 following a well-documented battle with heroin.
Prince also battled showbiz excesses and died in 2016 aged 57. But he loved hanging out with female music stars, including Nicole Scherzinger, 40, and Corinne Bailey Rae, 39.
Gabrielle, 48, continues: “Wherever he played, the manager would reach out and say, ‘Prince would love you to come over.’
“He wasn’t being flirty,” she insists. “He was a musician who loved talking to other musicians.”
Gabrielle’s fabulous new single, This Christmas, and her album, Under My Skin, are both out now.
Sticking with dead stars, Gabrielle reflected on the late George Michael, who passed away in 2016, aged 53.
“You would think with all that money he could be in a happier place but you recognise that people have demons.
“It doesn’t matter how much money or talent they have got, somehow it’s not enough.
“It is a shame because he died too young, like Prince.” R.I.P.