In her upcoming memoir, “The Most Beautiful: My Life” with Prince, Garcia admits she missed the signs. “I never actually saw Prince doing drugs. He didn’t want me to. I’m sure he knew what my reaction would be,” she writes, in an excerpt obtained by People.
Although she never witnessed him using drugs, Garcia wants you to know that there were several “disturbing occasions when he told me he was ‘sick’ or had a ‘migraine’ ” that may have hinted at a possible substance abuse issue.
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“Looking back now and being much older I can see it was something else,” Garcia confessed to People. “I never saw him do anything — not even take an aspirin.”
Garcia says that within weeks of their 1996 wedding, she got a late-night call informing her that Prince was unconscious and had been rushed to the hospital, where he had his stomach pumped. Prince later claimed that he simply had a little too much to drink — and aspirin.
During another instance, Garcia says Prince begged her to return to his hotel room and “flush some pills [that he told her he’d left there] down the toilet.”
“I didn’t question what it was,” she admits.
Garcia’s book chronicles her marriage with the musician, whom she first met at age 16 in 1990. She also opens up about how their marriage suffered following the death of their newborn son in 1996 from Pfeiffer syndrome, a rare genetic disorder.
“I never told him about my thoughts of suicide or how close I had come to doing it,” Garcia writes in her memoir. “But I started to think he knew because my Vicodin kept disappearing. I assumed he was hiding them to keep me from hurting myself. In retrospect, I don’t know what to think.”
Garcia notes the thinking of the “inner complexity” that sparked Prince’s appetite for painkillers “makes me sad.”
“He left behind a lot of people who loved him. But it was his time. I know he didn’t fear death.”
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