IBTimes UK

Mayte Garcia, ex-wife of iconic singer Prince who died on Thursday, appeared with tearful eyes, speaking on phone after news of his death was announced.

Here is a recap of how Garcia explained her marriage to the legend a year ago.

In her interview with the Mirror last year, Mayte Garcia revealed that Prince was her first crush and that she was a virgin when she met him.

She also said in the interview her relationship with Prince "screwed her for life" and that she couldn't find love afterwards.

Mayte was married to Prince for four years. The couple parted their ways in 2000.

Mayte met the singer when she was 16 years old. She was a belly dancer and joined Prince's band as a back dancer.

"When we met I was a virgin and had never been with anybody."

"I'd always been a very focused dancer and very protected. Prince was my first crush, and my first love, but we didn't start to get serious until I turned 18. He was very respectful," the 42-year-revealed.

The dancer got fascinated with the singer's charm and her love for him started growing day by day. "I remember our first kiss, and thinking, 'Oh God, oh wow, this is not happening!'

"I remember it being overwhelming and weird. Our entire time together was amazing and surreal, and he showed me some incredible things and introduced me to incredible people, " Mayte told the magazine.

Explaining further about her peculiar marriage, she added: "But I think I'm now screwed for life because my first relationship was the most bizarre relationship ever and I'm not normal any more. I've kind-of been spoiled and I guess I am kind-of screwed-up now."

Mayte and Prince got married in 1996 on the love filled day of 'Valentines'. After a year, she gave birth to a son, who unfortunately could not survive more than a week. And her second pregnancy suffered a miscarriage.

"To lose two babies is really scary... it really caught on me emotionally, physically, everything. It took me at least 15 years to get over it and still, to this day, I miss my son."

"I believe a child dying between a couple either makes you stronger or it doesn't. For me, it was very, very hard to move forward and for us as a couple I think it probably broke us."

The couple split in 1998, followed by official divorce in 2000.