Prince's ex-girlfriend, Charlene Friend, just came out of the woodwork to put in her two cents about the news that prescription drugs were recently found hidden in a bottle of Aleve in Prince's bedroom — and we're just over here wondering, "Why?"
Friend, who dated Prince decades ago, somehow felt it appropriate to come forward with information pertaining to Prince's alleged drug use, even though she insists she never witnessed him do any drugs herself. She now claims Prince's half-brother, Duane Nelson, told her years ago — after she had split from Prince — that Prince was able to keep his energy up using a "cocaine diet."
"It was shocking to me to hear that," she recently told People magazine. "He hid it so carefully. I never saw him take even an aspirin. He seemed so health-conscious, always taking vitamins like echinacea and goldenseal."
Friend says that Nelson — who died in 2013 — and other people close to Prince have filled her in over the years about Prince's use of downers to help him adjust coming off stage, in addition to his cocaine use.
She also adds that she only wants to remember "the good things" about her former love and that she wants "to respect his memory."
So basically, what Friend is trying to say is, she never personally witnessed drug use, but she's just here to spread some gossip about a man no longer alive to defend himself, something that she heard from a man who is no longer alive to confirm or deny his alleged statements. But... she only wants to respect Prince's memory.
We'd hate to accuse Friend of using her decades-old relationship for financial gain, but there's also the fact that Prince actually sued her back in 2003 for selling belongings that he had gifted to her, according to People. It's pretty obvious Friend is not above using Prince as a payday.
Look, I get it. Prince was a celebrity and people are going to say things about him — good and bad — even after his death. But for an old flame to come forward to relay he-said-she-said information about Prince's drug use, well, it just feels like pure slander at this point.
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