Could it be that “the purple one” should really have been called “the orange one”?
Prince and the color purple had a long history that included his instruments, his wardrobe, and his hit song and film Purple Rain. The Pantone Color Institute even recently created an official purple hue for him and named it “Love Symbol #2.”
But in a new interview with the Evening Standard about an upcoming Prince exhibition, the late singer’s sister Tyka Nelson says he wasn’t as crazy about purple as you may think.
Nelson said, “The standout piece [of the exhibition] for me is his orange Cloud guitar. It is strange because people always associate the color purple with Prince, but his favorite color was actually orange.”
That may sound sacrilegious given Prince’s affinity for the color purple, but upon further investigation, there are plenty of examples where the late singer rocked orange instead of purple.
In 2004, he donned an orange fedora for an event.
In 2006, he performed in front of orange speakers on Good Morning America.
In 2007, he rocked out in an orange suit for a Super Bowl press conference.
And in 2015, he wore an all-orange leather number to the Grammys.
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