Following Prince’s tragic passing last month, tributes have been pouring in from not only fans, but fellow musicians that shared special moments with him throughout his legendary career. Today, Rolling Stone published a lost cover story with the legendary singer from 2014 where he discussed Chris Brown, Michael Jackson, and even some political views.
In response to a question about Jackson’s death, Prince replied, “I don’t want to talk about it. I’m too close to it.” However, opening up a little bit on the topic, Prince said, “He is just one of many who have gone through that door—Amy Winehouse and folks. We’re all connected, right, we’re all brothers and sisters, and the minute we lock that in, we wouldn’t let anybody in our family fall. That’s why I called Chris Brown. All of us need to be able to reach out and just fix stuff. There’s nothing that’s unforgivable.” He was likely referring to Brown’s 2009 assault case against then girlfriend Rihanna and everything that followed. Prince shared a desire to mentor Brown, though it never came to fruition.
The interview also touched on Prince’s political views and the possibility of our country electing a female as the next president. “We’re in the feminine aspect now. That’s where society is. You’re gonna get a woman president soon. Men have gone as far as they can, right?…I learn from women a lot quicker than I do from men,” he explained. “At a certain point, you’re supposed to know what it means to be a man, but now what do you know about what it means to be a woman? Do you know how to listen? Most men don’t know how to listen.” You can read Prince’s previously unpublished interview in full here.