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Manuela Testolini Prince’s ex wife: ‘Im not okay’

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Pictured Manuela Testolini and Prince.
Manuela Testolini
Pictured Manuela Testolini and Prince.

Manuela Testolini Prince’s ex wife confides that she is struggling to take in her ex husband’s death. How love left the singer broken hearted after divorce.

Manuela Testolini a Canadian business woman formerly married to deceased musician entertainer Prince for five years before their divorce in 2006 has told of her deep loss after new of Prince Rogers Nelson’s death Thursday morning.

Told Prince’s former wife via a report via radaronline: ‘I’m not okay.’

Her five year marriage to Prince would leave the singer devastated when in 2006, five years after marrying in 2001, Testolini walked away from her marriage.

In the end, her marriage to the iconic entertainer proved to be too much for Manuela Testolini who craved anonymity and living a simple life unlike her larger than life husband. 

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At the time when the pair married, she was 24 and he 43, having fallen for each other after meeting the entertainer while working for his charitable foundation.

During the tenure of their marriage, the native Canadian largely avoided the spotlight, focusing on her charitable endeavors as well as her production company Gamillah, Inc., which she used to help promote non-profit organizations.

It was her decision to leave the singer and file for divorce in 2006, and at the time, Prince made no attempt to hide how hurt he was to lose his wife of five years.

Testolini would go on to marry Halle Berry’s ex-husband Eric Benet in 2011 and the couple now has two daughters.

Manuela Testolini

Talking about her marriage to Prince, she told Toronto Star  in 2006: ‘It was a roller-coaster,’

‘It was a very eye-opening experience to see what show business was all about. It was never my desire to be in the spotlight, but it was a great experience because it allowed me to start my own business.’

A report via People Magazine at the time quoted Manuela Testolini’s attorney, Edward Winer who told:

‘Deciding to end the marriage was a very difficult decision for Ms. Nelson,’

‘She is seeking a cooperative resolution of this case and hopes the proceeding will be resolved quickly and respectfully. Ms. Nelson continues to be focused on her charitable work and her business, which remain her top priority.’

Told Prince’s  lawyer, Patrick Cousins at the time: ‘His wife filed for divorce. This isn’t something that he wanted. There isn’t anything else [to say]. He didn’t counter sue. He is just trying to get it resolved.’

In the end, Manuela Testolini would be the last woman Prince ever married as he chose to stay single while continuing to date sporadically, presumably wounded and love bitten and weary to the end.

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  • Toya Redd

    I think she hit the lotto because of the charity she established during the marriage which would entitle her to money he probably used as a tax write off. You didn’t really have to read that she wanted his money. Remember he was very private and she probably didn’t know what the former wife had received until they became friends. The first wife definitely deserved more for what she went through. It’s not good that they were throwing those celebrity parties because…hmm.. you never know who you’ll meet.

  • Kyla Ewing

    Eric Benet doesn’t even compare to Prince, first of all. Second, how can you compare a multi-talented musician to some mediocre actor/celebrity?

  • Kyla Ewing

    Manuela didn’t break-up Prince’s marriage with Mayte. Prince made that choice. He clearly did not want to be married to Mayte anymore because he had the marriage annulled. I never read that Manuela was after his money. Furthermore, wouldn’t she know that Prince would not give her anything after he divorced Mayte and left her with nothing? That was a mutual agreement, btw.

  • Kyla Ewing

    I certainly do not think Prince was perfect, by any means, None of us really know what he was going through; however, I’m sure going through two divorces was hard on him. Manuela filed for the divorce. I read that she was cheating on Prince with Eric Benet; she became pregnant with his child while she was married to Prince. Prince was no angel. He was unfaithful too. Like you said, he was cheating on Mayte. Prince seemed very happy when he was married to Manuela. He never really seemed the same after that. I think Prince was trying to find “true love”, but he was unsuccessful. Yes, he did move on after Mayte and Manuela. He never had a problem finding beautiful women that wanted to be with him, that’s for sure.

  • JujuBee

    This gold digging bitch pisses me off! She knew what his life was like when she started screwing around with him while he was still married – when Prince and Mayte were trying to work through the traumatic loss of their babies. IMO Manuela was just interested in his money and the fact that she split from him so quickly proves that. No wonder she wants their divorce records to remain sealed. She doesn’t want anyone to know how much money she bilked out of him after she broke up his marriage to the mother of his children. Shameful.

  • JujuBee

    Although some fans have this fantastical image of Prince being so perfect, he definitely was NOT. He clearly was not capable of maintaining a long term relationship, and was not the type to remain faithful to one woman for very long. (Mani started screwing around with him while he was still married to Mayte.) Also, since his true love was music and it consumed his life, there wasn’t a woman alive who could compete with that. And it wasn’t because Manuela broke his heart that he never remarried! He just never found another woman of the same faith that he was interested in marrying. He didn’t sit around pining for Mani, he certainly had plenty of girlfriends after she left!

  • lisa jones

    Eric Benet is NOT an upgrade and he is not int he spotlight. He married Halle for a career boost and Mani married Prince for the same reason.

  • Maxima

    If she didn’t like the spotlight, why did she then marry Eric Benet???

  • cheryl

    What a jerk..hope she now lives with plenty of guilt! Prince was beautiful and gave it his all. He fell for the wrong woman but did not fall from grace..Rest with the Angels Prince!!

  • Kyla Ewing

    Maybe she didn’t like living in the limelight, but “hello”….you were married to Prince!! I could never divorce such a beautiful Man….not in the sense of his “physical” appearance, but he was an incredible, sweet soul….a beautiful person on the “inside”. She broke his heart and he never remarried. 🙁

  • Tibi Lukacs

    Heartless bitch imo!