Prince Tribute Prompts Apollonia to Accuse Sheila E. of Wrongdoing
Prince’s Purple Rain co-star Apollonia accused Sheila E. of being a liar after the drummer release a tribute track to the late artist.
E., a member of Prince’s band in the ‘80s, told Billboard that her song “Lemon Cake” was inspired by an aspect of her relationship with him.
“One day I mentioned to him that I make a good chocolate and lemon cake,” she said. “His response was, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you cooked.’ I said, ‘Of course I do. My mom being Creole and my dad Mexican, I better know how to cook.’ The next day I baked a lemon cake. It was love at first sight and one of his favorite things that we would share in the studio.”
You can listen to the song below:
However, the song led to a furious reaction from Apollonia, who claimed on Facebook that E. had been involved in financial wrongdoing. “Prince refused to acknowledge you for five years before his death because of your lies,” she wrote. “Your charity funds went where? Where are the music schools? I was there helping you raise funds. I had your best interest at heart but later found out the money went into your dirty pocket$. I was crestfallen. Prince scolded me! He knew better.”
She continued: “You can’t continue to fool our Prince fans any longer. … My memoirs will reveal all that Prince revealed to me. Painful for me because I was your friend.” Saying that he’d been left “angry” by E.’s behavior, she added: “He sent you legal letters as you were slandering him. I have copies and will include them in my memoirs.”
Apollonia went on to accuse E. of using her connection with Prince to sell a festival cruise and merchandise, and that she’d told other collaborators that she “knew how Prince died but you could not tell them.” Ordering the drummer to “get over yourself” she concluded: “He did not want anything to do with you for 5 years. You erased all that history by being your desperate egotistical self. … Money will not get you to Heaven.”