Prince: Tracee Ellis Ross remembers her first meeting with the icon
For Tracee Ellis Ross, having a famous mother admittedly had its perks, like getting to meet Prince backstage at a concert when she was just 12 years old.
The Black-ish star opened up about the encounter during Tuesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, telling the talk show host her mother, legendary singer Diana Ross, took her to one of Prince’s concerts at Madison Square Garden. Though she was excited for the concert itself, Ross says she wasn’t prepared for the excitement — or sights — she encountered after the show.
“We went backstage after [the concert] and I was with my Mom, and he was sort of mingling and talking to everybody and he came over and talked to us,” she said. “He went to walk away, and he turned around and he was wearing chaps with nothing else underneath and his just bare bottom was exposed. And I was like, ‘Woo, my God!’ As a child, I was like, ‘That is disgusting!’ and I was like, ‘Mom, that is so gross,’ and she goes, ‘No. That’s cool.'”
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The actress went on to say her views on the incident changed as she grew older, admittedly growing to accept that the late pop star, who died April 21, was the “coolest guy ever.”
“We were all so touched by his music and what he shared with the world, but my heart so goes out to his family and his loved ones and those people that had a personal relationship with him,” Ross told DeGeneres. “When you love somebody that is that magical that the world loves them, you have to share them with the world. I just hope that those people are having their moment to grieve the loss of their friend.”
Watch Ross reflect on her first interaction with Prince in the video below.