It seems everyone has a Prince story. From Jimmy Fallon’s epic ping pong tale to Tracee Ellis Ross’ backstage flashing, the funk pop purveyor graced many a celebrity with memorable moments. One week after the legend’s April 21 death, Tracy Morgan has popped up with a few reflections of his own.
In an interview with Billboard, the 47-year-old comedy man recounts how Prince’s music pushed him through his father’s death, citing both the Purple One and Michael Jackson as the soundtrack to his life. “I listened to ‘Condition of the Heart’ [from 1985‘s Around the World in a Day] as soon as we got back from the burial, for 24 hours [in a row],” Morgan explained. “That was the last song I said, ‘Dad, listen to this!’ And my father said, ‘That’s a good record.'”
Later in life, he took a bus to a basement party in Prince’s Los Angeles home, where the singer kicked him out after a late night booze binge. “He was so pretty, I turned gay for about five seconds,” Morgan said of seeing the icon in close quarters. “Was he an influence? Absolutely! He was free. He came from the heart. He was talking about making love, he was a sexy man!”
Read the full interview over at Billboard. Prince died April 21 at 57 in his Chanhassen, Minnesota, estate. The cause of his death is currently under investigation.