Donatella Versace says Prince wanted to be “the face of Black Lives Matter”

“That’s what he wanted,” says the fashion designer.

March 20, 2018
Donatella Versace says Prince wanted to be “the face of Black Lives Matter” Donatella Versace and Prince.   Angela Weiss/Kevin Winter/Getty

Donatella Versace is currently enjoying a moment in the spotlight, thanks in no small part to Penelope Cruz's hugely enjoyable portrayal of her in the latest season of American Crime Story. The real Donatella has given an interview to GQ in which she discusses that show, as well as an interesting tidbit about her good friend Prince.

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The anecdote is taken from shortly before Prince's death in 2016. According to Donatella, Prince sat her down at New York's Boom Boom Room club and told her that he wanted to make his political voice heard. “He decided to be the face of the Black Lives Matter movement, that's what he wanted, and he said, ‘You need to be with me,’” Donatella is quoted as saying. “I was ready to do it.”

There's no further information as to how Prince was going to go about being the face of Black Lives Matter, nor what that would entail. The Purple One sadly passed away before he got the chance to move forward with the plan. Instead he was left to become the face of Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl half-time show.

Donatella Versace says Prince wanted to be “the face of Black Lives Matter”