As reported by the New York Post, a source claims “There were a lot of hard feelings when Prince died. There are people from the original camp who felt that [Sheila E.] had no [recent] contact with Prince and then flew in like a character from ‘Game of Thrones’ and took charge.”
Prince’s protegee Tamar Davis was among those omitted from a tribute to the music icon that was reportedly organized by the groundbreaking, female drummer. Davis sang with Prince on 2006’s Grammy-nominated “Beautiful, Loved and Blessed.”
“I can’t say why I haven’t been part of anything Sheila puts on,” Davis told The Post, noting that back in the day, “there was jealousy. I was looked at as the new chocolate girl.”
Sheila E was allegedly among the numerous women who were jealous “when Prince’s attention flitted away from them and onto someone else,” Page Six writes.
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Get ready…#LemonCake’s official music video is dropping this Friday, May 15. Directed by @shaesterling. Can’t wait to share it with you all. ?#sheilae #sheilaedrummer #newmusic pic.twitter.com/UYw8uUQI5j
— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) May 11, 2020
Here’s more from the outlet:
Apollonia Kotero — Prince’s hand-chosen co-star in the film “Purple Rain” and, with her band Apollonia 6, one of his many musical protégés — lambasted fellow mentee Sheila E. for her “[desperation] to be relevant” and for profiting off of the star’s name.
The feud seemingly came about because Sheila has released a new tribute song for him, “Lemon Cake” — and apparently rubbed many the wrong way when she was involved in a recent televised tribute to the late star that left out a number of his former apprentices.
Kotero also wrote on Facebook that Prince had “refused to acknowledge” Sheila before his death.
According to the report, Howard Bloom, Prince’s former publicist and author of “Einstein, Michael Jackson & Me: A Search for Soul in the Power Pits of Rock and Roll,” describes Sheila E as “obsessed with Prince and with having his children. She wanted to own Prince .?.?. But it was the 1980s and Prince had [plenty of] women.”
Bloom claims Prince was hooking up with Sheila at the same time he was romancing Susannah Mulvoin — whose twin sister, Wendy, was a memeber of the singer’s band, The Revolution.
“Sheila would call me crying,” Bloom added. “I would try explaining to her that there is no way she can get Prince to fall in love with her and worship every cell in her body the way she worships every cell in his. He was a satyr.”
Sheila E announced on Twitter Monday that she will drop the music video for “Lemon Drop” on May 15 — check out her post above.