Vanity Prince’s ex girlfriend Denise Matthews: How two former lovers’ ascent and demise dovetailed after a high velocity love relationship fell apart in the 1980’s as singer reached the stars the other hell.
In a sobering account just before her death in February, Denise Matthews, the artist formerly known as Vanity, who had once retained a drug fueled relationship with Prince told of her spiraling health problems which she incurred as a result of deep addiction to crack cocaine in her formative years.
Whilst Denise Matthews in the end never reached the heights that her ex boyfriend, Prince did, the singer by the 1980’s had proved her grit, verve and sassiness after Prince plucked her from obscurity and choreographed her ascent as lead singer of girl band, Vanity 6. And perhaps her ultimate demise.
A report via the dailymail tells of Denise Matthews’ tempestuous love affair with Prince in the 1980’s before their relationship eventually spiraled out of control, leaving the singer heavily dependent on crack cocaine and according to her doctor in 1994, with just 3 days to live.
Upon her death on February aged 57, like her ex who would die at his Paisley Park home in Minnesota, the same age, Matthews had raised $6,709 towards her goal of $50,000 to cover her medical bills.
A far cry from what the former singer was once worth and a far cry from what Prince would be able to amass for himself when he left his partying ways behind in the early 1990’s for a life of sobriety and religion, upon becoming a Jehovah’s Witness.
While Prince was able to take stock and go from height to height, Denise Matthews, aka Vanity come the early 1990’s was dealing with renal failure and soon on her way to constant dialysis along with a kidney transplant.
Writing on the Gofundme page she set up to pay for her medical bills, Vanity recently said:
’23 years alive after the doctors pronounced i would be dead way back then 1992′.
In a memoir she penned, ‘Blame it on Vanity,’ the ex singer wrote about her wild youth and how she had sunk into deep depression and in later years a consortium of health issues, including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, kidney failure, blood clots to the brain and blindness complete as well as deafness.
Wrote Denise Matthews in one sobering stark account in her last months: ‘My Nephrologist told me Friday afternoon that i did not have Pancreatitis and that is good news however the bad news is they say i have Sclerosis Encapsulating Peritonitis.
‘I thought the first diagnosis was weird because i was never a drinker nor have i ever been drunk in my whole life, that was not my drug of choice back in the day.’
Another account revealed her needing to call an ambulance as her health continued to deteriorate.
Wrote Vanity before her death on February 15 this year: ‘The other night , or shall i say afternoon i had to call an ambulance, not fun…wasn’t a good experience, the pain was absurd and the ambulance men all thru the ride just talked and laughed, told jokes, really ill compassionate.I had to pray.’
While becoming a born again Christian and a preacher, the former lover of Prince and protege in the end would not be able to break the shackles of her formative past as pundits begin to wonder to what degree did Prince’s own past and a myriad of ongoing health issues contribute to his own demise and eventual death also aged 57?