Yesterday, many members of the Prince Army were digesting the release of Sheila E.’s release of “Lemon Cake.” According to a quote by Billboard Magazine, Sheila E. claims she made the chocolate and lemon cake for Prince, and in the song, she playfully uses the cake as a metaphor for intimacy (we think). The song is not bad and is reminiscent of some of Prince’s later productions. It was billed as a tribute to Prince in anticipation of next week’s CBS televised celebration, “Let’s Go Crazy: The Grammy Salute to Prince,” of the late artist’s life, which shockingly came to an end 4 years ago this week.
While tribute songs being released prior to the celebration are to be expected, what was NOT expected was Purple Rain co-star Apollonia Kotero ripping Sheila a proverbial “new one.” Posted on Facebook at 4:53 am ET (1:53 PT), Apollonia calls Sheila E. a liar several times and calls into question her relevance as an artist and her closeness to Prince. In this scathing rebuke, Kotero alludes to conversations she had with Prince prior to his death and even accuses her of wrongly capitalizing on Prince’s legacy among many other accusations.
Read her post yourself below or on Facebook:
“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. Your charity funds went where? Where are the music schools $$?? I was there helping you raise funds. I had your best interest at heart but later found out , the money went into your dirty pocket$. I was crestfallen. Prince scolded me! He knew better. You can’t continue to fool our Prince fans any longer. Because I AM here to tell you, it’s over. Time for the truth. My memoirs will reveal all that Prince revealed to me. Painful for me because I was your friend. I helped you raise $$$ My wealthy friends asked me : Where are the music schools?$!? None exist! FKN tragic because I believed you. Prince was so angry because of all your continuous lies. Your bio filled with lies. He sent you legal letters as you were slandering him. I have copies and will include them in my memoirs. You need to stop using Prince in death. You need to stop using Purple Rain ☔️ as a vehicle. YOU ARE NOT ON OUR CAST LIST. Prince outed you. Prince called you HeSHe. At first I thought this was not nice. But I listened to him. I listened to all of his complaints and even then , I did not want to be in between you both. It was painful for me because I loved you both. But once he was killed , you exposed your true self. It broke my heart. He was right all along. Why would you do a Purple Rain boat cruise tour $?$? in 2016? Why would you sell Prince logo tshirts $$$ ? Why did you tell The Revolution April 2016 that YOU knew how Prince died BUT you could not tell them!?! 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 👑 So get over yourself sad self and face the truth. He did not want anything to do with you for 5 years. You erased all that history by being your desperate egotistical self . Egotistical empty sad desperate for money. Money will not get you to Heaven. Time to come out and tell the truth. God forgives🙏🏽”
Finally, to add insult to injury, several other Prince collaborators jumped in to corroborate Apollonia’s claims. In particular, her Apollonia 6 bandmate, Brenda Bennett claims “LeRoy Bennett is the one who used to make him the lemon cakes all the time.” She further comments that “she doesn’t have her own identity.” Both comments were cosigned in the thread by The Family co-lead singer and former Prince girlfriend, Susannah Melvoin. These statements sit alongside more than 100 comments and over 400 shares, the majority in support of Apollonia and in disappointment for Sheila E.’s actions.
This is pretty incredible and we will stay tuned.