Mayte Garcia

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Mayte Garcia
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Mayte Garcia speaks to RumorFix in 2013
Mayte Jannell Garcia

(1973-11-12) November 12, 1973 (age 46)
EducationGeneral H. H. Arnold High School
  • dancer
  • singer
  • actress
  • animal activist
Years active1990–present
m. 1996; div. 2000)

Mayte Jannell Garcia (/ˈmt/; born November 12, 1973) is an American dancer, actress and singer. She was married to Prince for four years and has worked with various artists, including Britney Spears.

Early life[edit]

Garcia was born on November 12, 1973, at Fort Rucker, Alabama, army base.[1] Garcia's parents are both of Puerto Rican descent. Her father John was a United States military pilot, and her mother Janelle (also known as simply Nelly) was a dancer. Garcia and her older sister, Janice, grew up in both Germany and the United States. Garcia spent the summers of her childhood with her extended family in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She began belly dancing at age three. On May 12, 1981, then 7 years old, Garcia appeared on the American television program That's Incredible! as the world's youngest professional belly dancer.

As a teenager, Garcia became a prima ballerina with the Wiesbaden Ballet.[2] She graduated from General H.H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Career and professional relationship with Prince[edit]

Garcia first came to the attention of Prince in 1990 when her mother submitted a video cassette of Garcia's performance to a dancer in hopes they would pass the tape on to Prince. Prince met the young dancer within minutes after viewing the video while on tour in Germany. Garcia also describes the process by which she became a part of Prince's performance group, The New Power Generation (NPG), as follows on her official website: "Mayte's mother convinced some members of the New Power Generation to give her [audition] video to Prince. Ten minutes later, Prince had invited her backstage, and for two years, the two kept in touch. Finally, when she was eighteen, Prince asked her to be a part of the NPG".[3]

In 1992, Garcia was hired to dance during his Diamonds and Pearls Tour.[4] She became the focus of his next album, Love Symbol (1992). Garcia assumed the guise of an Egyptian princess for the concept album and the 3 Chains o' Gold video compilation.[5] She was a member of the NPG, from 1992 to 1996. Afterwards, she remained an associate of the NPG, dancing occasionally during Prince's tours in 1998 and 1999. In 1995, Prince produced an album for her, titled Child of the Sun, for a European release on his NPG Records label. This album had one single released overseas, "If I Love U 2 Nite".

In 1997,[6] Garcia was the artistic director of the New Power Generation Dance Company[7] on their Around the World in a Day tour.[8] She also directed the music video for "The One" for Prince.[2] In addition, Garcia directed music videos for Chaka Khan and Graham Central Station.[9] She choreographed the belly dancing routines for Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U" music video, as well as Spears' performance of the song at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.[9] During this period, Garcia dated drummer Tommy Lee. She sang on his album Never a Dull Moment (2002) and she toured with him as a dancer.[10]


Film appearances include the Hindi film Dus (2005) as a dancer, and Firehouse Dog (2007). In 2005, she appeared as a flight attendant in the Spanish language film El Vacilon.

Garcia was offered the role of Marilyn in the film Just Like A Woman(2012 film) as well as to be its main dance choreographer, but declined due to scheduling conflicts. The role was later given to Sienna Miller.


Garcia has guest starred on various television series, such as 2 Broke Girls, Psych, The Closer, Las Vegas, Nip/Tuck, and Keeping Up with the Kardashians. She appeared twice as a reporter on the 2007 ABC television series Big Shots. She had a recurring role on Lifetime's Army Wives (2008–2009) as Jennifer Connor. She starred on Sí TV's 2004–05 program Across the Hall with Eric Cubiche.[11] In 2009, she was a judge on the first season of Oxygen's Dance Your Ass Off. On June 25, 2012, she began appearing as a principal cast member on VH1's reality show Hollywood Exes. She was considered for the role of Nina Holiday on the television series Rizzoli & Isles when the character was originally known as Nina Hernandez.


In 2017, Garcia released a book titled The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince about her professional and personal relationship with Prince.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Garcia lives in Las Vegas with her daughter Gia, whom she adopted in 2013.[12]

Mayte has multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. The symptoms began in 2010 and included optic neuritis, resulting in temporary partial vision loss. Her treatment program, along with a healthy diet and exercise regimen, have stopped the MS symptoms from progressing, allowing her to live an active lifestyle and continue working.[13]


In 1990, 16-year-old Garcia met Prince backstage in Barcelona after he saw a tape of her dancing. After she graduated high school in Germany at the age of 17, Prince became her legal guardian.[14][4] Upon moving to Minneapolis, Prince and members of his team helped set her up with her own apartment. "At first, I stayed at the Sofitel, then they moved me to a nice little prairie house at the Country Suites, but I couldn't even make a cup of tea there, so they got me an apartment and rented furniture," she said.[15] At the age of 19, Prince instructed her to get on birth control thus beginning their sexual relationship.[4][16] After a four-year courtship, they married on February 14, 1996.[17]

Their only child, Amiir, was born with Pfeiffer syndrome type 2 on October 16, 1996. He was unable to breathe without a ventilator and died six days after his birth.[18] A week later, the couple were interviewed on Oprah, where they pretended their son was still alive.[19][20] According to Garcia, they were unable to process his death. "We believed he was going to come back, that souls come back. We didn't want to acknowledge he was gone," she said.[19] Depressed from the loss of her son, Garcia contemplated suicide, but the affection of her dog, Mia, stopped her.[21] After a subsequent miscarriage, their marriage deteriorated and they divorced in 2000.[18]

Garcia dated choreographer Wade Robson from 2000 until 2001.[22][23][24]

Garcia dated drummer Tommy Lee from heavy metal band Mötley Crüe for two years. In 2002, Lee proposed to Garcia before a performance in Fort Wayne, Indiana.[25] They ended their engagement in 2003.[26]


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  2. ^ a b Touré (July 1998). "Call Me Prince". Icon Magazine. Archived from the original on November 10, 2008.
  3. ^ Mayte Garcia Official Bio. (n.d.)
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  7. ^ Vergi Rodriguez bio Archived 2008-01-11 at the Wayback Machine at
  8. ^ Prince's Raspberry Ballet at Yahoo Music
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  10. ^ Lee, Tommy (October 13, 2009). Tommyland. Simon and Schuster. p. 233. ISBN 978-1-4165-0766-6.
  11. ^ Kugel, Allison (August 15, 2005). "Si TV's Mayte Garcia & Eric Cubiche, from 'Across The Hall,' on Music & Latino Culture".
  12. ^ Melissa (July 22, 2013). "Hollywood Exes Recap: Mayte Garcia adopts a baby girl!". Reality Tea. Retrieved July 21, 2017.
  13. ^ Kennedy, Lauren Paige (October–November 2019). "How Performer Mayte Garcia is Managing MS with Confidence". Brain and Life Magazine. American Academy of Neurology. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  14. ^ Bream, Jon (May 8, 2017). "Prince's first ex-wife on her new memoir: 'A lot of trauma I made myself forget'". Star Tribune.
  15. ^ Garcia, Mayte (2017). The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince. Orion Publishing Co. p. 115. ISBN 9781409171201.
  16. ^ Conroy, Catherine (August 6, 2017). "Living with Prince: 'I think it's time you got birth control'". The Irish Times.
  17. ^ Kennedy, Helen (February 15, 1996). "Rocker's Princess Bride". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on February 7, 2020.
  18. ^ a b Dodd, Johnny (March 16, 2017). "We Would Have Stayed Together If Our Son Hadn't Died, Prince's Ex-Wife Says". People. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  19. ^ a b Draper, Jason (2016). Prince: Life and Times: Revised and Updated Edition. Chartwell Books. p. 137. ISBN 9780760353639.
  20. ^ Woudstra, Kristy (April 21, 2016). "Prince Son: The Singer's Struggle To Have Children". HuffPost Canada. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  21. ^ Dodd, Johnny; Kimble, Lindsay (March 17, 2017). "Prince: Mayte Garcia on Saying Goodbye to Infant Son Amiir".
  22. ^ Gladstone, Valerie (July 1, 2001). "DANCE; A Teenager Who Dispenses All the Right Moves". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  23. '^ "Survivors Colleen lands a major movie role". September 28, 2000. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  24. ^ "The Scoop". Indianapolis Recorder. October 6, 2000. p. 32 – via Hoosier State Chronicles.
  25. ^ "For The Record: Lance Bass, Bow Wow, Fabolous, Tommy Lee, Willa Ford, Napalm Death & More". MTV News. August 8, 2002. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  26. ^ Susman, Gary (April 30, 2003). "Tommy Lee's wedding to Mayte is off". Entertainment Weekly.

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