‘Hollywood Ex’ Mayte Garcia Dishes On Her Past Marriage To Prince

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Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Latina Magazin

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With the third season of the juicy reality series Hollywood Exes kicking off tonight on VH1, one of the stars of the show, Mayte Garcia, who was once Prince’s better half, called in to dish about the new season and her marriage to the Purple One.

The show features an eclectic cast of famous Hollywood ex-wives including Nicole Murphy (ex-wife of Eddie Murphy), Sheree Fletcher (ex-wife of Will Smith), Jessica Canseco (ex-wife of Jose Canseco), Andrea Kelly (ex-wife of R. Kelly), Shamicka Lawrence (ex-wife of Martin Lawrence) and new member Shanna Moakler (ex-wife of Oscar de la Hoya and drummer Travis Barker).

Even before the new season has even premiere, Mayte says that the former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, is stirring up some trouble on the show.

“This season, it’s one of these whirlwind ones, where you’re like ‘what just happened and oh my God, it’s airing,’ ” teases Mayte.

As the famous ex-wife of Prince, Mayte tells us the story of how the two first met when she was only 16 years old when he asked her backstage at one of his concerts. Plus, she details how their relationship evolved from being professional to personal after she joined his band.

“I joined the band because he was so intrigued with the whole the whole belly dancing and Arabic thing and I’m also a classical ballerina,” explains Mayte. “I joined the band two years later when I graduated high school and, after working, it evolved. I don’t know how it happened…but it did, and we got married when I was 22 and that’s that.”

Mayte married Prince in 1996, but the couple divorced two years later in 1998 with the divorce being finalized in 2000. Since then, Mayte says she is rarely in communication with Prince.

“The thing is, we don’t have children, we unfortunately lost two babies, so unless you have children there’s not reason to speak to your ex husband,” she said.

Even though the show is called Hollywood Exes, Mayte says that it doesn’t have anything to do with the famous ex-husbands themselves.

“The show is not about them…I’m sure all the ex-husbands were nervous about this show…even though I don’t have children, I’m going to be respectful,” she said. “He was a very important part of my life, it’s definitely not about bashing him, so he has nothing to worry about.”

You can catch Mayte and the whole cast of Hollywood Exes for the season 3 premiere tonight at 9pm on VH1. Listen to more of our conversation with Mayte Garcia in the clip below.

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