As Prince’s family kicks off their battle to determine the fate of the music legend’s $300 million estate, there is growing talk that the singer may have possibly had a secret child that could completely change the conversation over the estate issues! And we've gathered all the updates on the latest twist in the fight over The Purple One's massive fortune!
Prince's siblings met at a court in Minnesota on Monday for a hearing about the singer’s estate. Judge Kevin Eide confirmed after the probate hearing that Bremer Trust has been appointed as the special administrator of the estate. And he added that the firm is also continuing to search for a will for the singer since no will has been found since his death.
But a source speaking to Entertainment Tonight said that during a meeting with the judge ahead of the hearing, it was revealed that two possible heirs to Prince’s estate were brought up by the legal team working on the case. The source added that it was also discussed who would take over operations at Paisley Park and Prince’s record label, NPG Records.
According to Entertainment Tonight, John Hilbert of Heir Hunters International said that a man did reach out to his firm to reveal that he believed he was possibly the son of Prince. "A gentleman, in his mid-30's, residing in America's Midwest, having read about Heir Hunters International and having seen its two partners, Shar Mansukhani and John Hilbert, on TV, contacted the firm about the procedures for establishing his rightful paternity to Prince Rogers Nelson,” Hilbert said. “He explained that in the mid-1980's, his mother and Prince had crossed paths on several occasions. He has asked to maintain his privacy. At this point, after much consideration, we have found his claim credible enough for our firm to commit its expertise and considerable resources to further investigate and advise him.”
Prince’s own half-brother Alfred Jackson fueled the secret child speculation shortly after the legend's death when he said that he thought that the singer had a second child — Prince’s first child with his ex-wife Mayte Garcia died shortly after his birth.
Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, also confirmed after his death that she wasn’t aware that he had a will. And a source speaking to RadarOnline.com said that the singer’s best friend Shelia E. has requested that she be allowed to run Prince’s estate!
“Sheila wants to protect his legacy at all cost but it seems unlikely that the family will go for it, although Prince’s friends are lobbying hard for Sheila to be in control,” the insider said. The source added that she has “even offered to do it at no charge.”
And a rep for Shelia E. later told RadarOnline.com in a statement that she is solely focused on protecting Prince’s estate and family from being taken advantage by people looking for financial gain from his death.
“Sheila E.’s only interest in the estate of Prince, is to provide support for his family, provide support to Paisley Park representatives, and provide support to court appointed officials in the handling of the estate,” the statement said. “Sheila is concerned that the death of her longtime friend and collaborator will result in exploitation for profit by people who may have been seeking personal financial gain from him while living and may now see the opportunity to do so in his untimely death. Sheila has concern for the protection of Prince’s music, both released and unreleased, and has promoted that the family or Paisley Park representatives have the final decision in regards to the usage of his name and likeness.”
The statement continued, “She feels strongly that tributes, concerts, or promotions should be authorized, and net revenues generated, be distributed in Prince’s name to charities and causes which Prince has supported in the past. Sheila’s involvement or interest thus far has only been in what is previously stated here. She has received no compensation nor will accept compensation, and has actually refused many ‘offers of profit’ for so called ‘tributes’ performances in his name.” What do you think about Prince’s estate drama? Tweet us @OKMagazine or let us know in the comments section.