In a Facebook rant, the Purple Rain actress accused Sheila E. of using Prince’s name and image to make a profit.
“You are so desperate to be RELEVANT as the brilliant Linda Perry said. Prince refused to acknowledge you for 5 years before his death because of your lies.”
“You can’t continue to fool our Prince fans any longer. Because I AM here to tell you, it’s over. Time for the truth.”
The truth according, to Apollonia, is that even before his death, Sheila E. was using Prince’s name to sell everything from t-shirts to a Purple Rain cruise tour.
Apollonia alleges that Prince took the extraordinary step of serving Sheila E. with cease and desist orders to get her to stop using his name and likeness.
But the biggest blow from Apollonia came when she ended with this:
“Please get over yourself: YOU ARE NOT PRINCE. You will never be. You can copy his attire , try your best, but you will NEVER be Prince.”
The bad blood between Apollonia and Sheila E. didn’t stop The Revolution, Prince’s band, from appearing alongside Sheila E. at the event, where they preformed “Mountains”.
Hosted by actress Maya Rudolph, the tribute concert also featuring other artists signing renditions for Prince’s music, including John Legend, Foo Fighters, Common, Miguel, Beck, and H.E.R.