Prince’s Sister Says His Favorite Color Wasn’t Purple

The Purple One preferred orange.

August 30, 2017
Prince’s Sister Says His Favorite Color Wasn’t Purple Prince performs during the Super Bowl XLI Half-Time Press Conference at the Miami Convention Center on February 1, 2007 in Miami, Florida.   Evan Agostini/Getty

The color purple may be synonymous with Prince but, according to his sister, the late star preferred a different shade. Speaking in an Evening Standard interview, Tyka Nelson said her late brother's favorite was orange.


Speaking to the London newspaper about an upcoming Prince exhibition in the city, Nelson selected one of his famous instruments as her favorite item. "The stand out piece for me is his orange Cloud guitar,” she said. “It is strange because people always associate the colour purple with Prince, but his favourite colour was actually orange.”

Earlier this month The Pantone Color Institute and Prince's estate created a custom shade of purple to honor the late singer. The color's name is represented by Prince's classic "Love Symbol #2" symbol."

The first official exhibition about Prince is to open in London and will feature hundreds of artifacts that have only ever been located at Paisley Park in Minneapolis. My Name Is Prince will open at The O2 in October.

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