Prince’s “Purple Rain” co-star & onetime girlfriend takes problem with the drummer’s new tune “Lemon Cake” in honor of the late pop celebrity.

Following the discharge of Sheila E.’s “Lemon Cake,” a tribute to the late icon Prince, his Purple Rain co-star and onetime girlfriend Apollonia Kotero took to Fb to name Sheila out in a scathing put up.

“You might be so determined to be RELEVANT because the good Linda Perry stated. Prince refused to acknowledge you for five years earlier than his demise due to your lies,” she wrote within the prolonged message, earlier than accusing Sheila of elevating “charity funds” however “the cash went into your soiled pocket$.”

Apollonia additionally revealed that she is going to contact on Sheila’s alleged wrongdoings in her future memoir. “Prince was so indignant due to all of your steady lies. Your bio stuffed with lies. He despatched you authorized letters as you had been slandering him. I’ve copies and can embody them in my memoirs. That you must cease utilizing Prince in demise. That you must cease utilizing Purple Rain as a automobile.

“Please recover from your self: YOU ARE NOT PRINCE,” she concluded. “You’ll by no means be. You may copy his apparel , strive your greatest, however you’ll NEVER be Prince. So recover from your self unhappy self and face the reality. He didn’t need something to do with you for five years. You erased all that historical past by being your determined egotistical self. Egotistical empty unhappy determined for cash. Cash is not going to get you to Heaven. Time to return out and inform the reality.”

The criticism comes following Sheila’s interview with Billboard, wherein she revealed that the tune got here from recollections within the studio. “At some point I discussed to him that I make a great chocolate and lemon cake,” she recalled. “His response was, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you cooked.’ I stated, ‘In fact I do. My mother being Creole and my dad Mexican, I higher know the best way to cook dinner.’ The subsequent day I baked a lemon cake. It was love at first sight and one in all his favourite issues that we might share within the studio.”

Prince’s legacy can be celebrated on the fourth anniversary of his demise with Tuesday’s CBS telecast Let’s Go Loopy: The Grammy Salute to Prince.

Billboard has reached out to Sheila E.’s rep for remark and can replace the article after we hear again.

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