Mayte Garcia married Prince in 1996 and later that same year, on October 16th, gave birth to their first child. Unfortunately, their son, Amiir, only lived six days.
“I don’t think he ever got over it,” Garcia tells PEOPLE of her late ex-husband. “I don’t know how anybody can get over it. I know I haven’t.” In her new memoir, Mayte opens up about her life and marriage to Prince and also reveals that the loss of their son, who was diagnosed with Pfeiffer syndrome type 2 at birth, ultimately tore them apart.
Garcia reveals that there were signs something was wrong during her pregnancy, but that the legendary singer was adamantly against invasive procedures to determine the issue. When doctors suggested an amniocentesis, Prince, a Jehovah’s Witness, stated, “No, we’re not doing that.” However, the Purple One chose to pray, “’Please, bless this child,’ said Prince as he prayed on his knees. “We know you won’t allow this child to be harmed.'”
Mayte describes Prince’s reaction after she gave birth to Amiir via C-Section:
“I don’t know how to describe the look on my husband’s face. Pure joy. And then they held the baby up to those harsh lights,” she writes. “The elation on my husband’s face turned to pure terror. Pfeiffer syndrome type 2 is a genetic disorder that causes skeletal and systematic abnormalities,” she continues. “The premature fusing of the bones in the skull, sometimes resulting in ‘cloverleaf skull,’ in which the eyes are outside the sockets. The fusion of bones in the hands and feet causing a webbed or pawlike appearance … I learned all of this later.”
Amiir passed just six days later.
The former Hollywood Exes star says she’s releasing her book, The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince, now because, “I knew there was going to be a lot of stuff coming out about him, negative and positive,” she says follow the star’s death. “I wanted mine to come from love.”
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