Person of Interest: Prince’s Sister

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Tyka Nelson is a new name to learn this week. As Prince’s sister, she had been the most constant figure in the late pop legend’s life since divorcing twice in his lifetime and bearing one child who died a week after birth. She is the most likely qualifier to inherit her brother’s Paisley Park estate in Minnesota given that she’s Prince’s only full sibling as well. Tyka is a gospel singer, married with six children. What’s probably the most interesting fact about Tyka’s own life story is that she recovered from a life of prostitution and crack addiction. In the September 23, 2003, issue of The National Enquirer she was quote saying, “I was a single mother and my boys were babies. I sold my body for food, money and pampers. I pawned the car Prince had given me and sold the kids’ TV for drugs.” Prince later entered her into a rehab program which she claims attributed to the revival of her gospel music career.