How 12-year old Prince was tossed out by his father after he was caught in bed with a girl and moved to a friend's basement where he enjoyed a 'hedonistic wonderland'
Prince (left and right as a teenager) was kicked out of his father's house in Minneapolis at just 12 years old and moved into a friend's basement, where he rehearsed music and 'engaged in carnal acts with a variety of girlfriends'. The music icon's father, John Nelson (pictured left, in front of prince), was a plastic molder at Honeywell Electronics by day, and by night a talented jazz musician who played in Minneapolis jazz clubs and blues bars. Prince grew up going to his father's nightclub shows where he was mesmerized by the performances and the power up music. Prince moved in with his father after Nelson had left the family home due to an abusive relationship with Prince's mother, Mattie Shaw. But the boy was soon kicked out after Nelson found him in bed with a girl. Prince and Nelson's relationship oscillated between affection and estrangement until Nelson died in 2001.