Prince decided to open up about his childhood struggles with epilepsy for the first time last night. He was a guest on PBS’ Tavis Smiley last night, and told him that he used to have seizures as a child.
He told Tavis, "I've never spoken about this before but I was born epileptic. I used to have seizures when I was young. My mother and father didn't know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had."
Prince says it was because of divine intervention that he became better. He recalled telling his mother, “Mom, I'm not going to be sick anymore.” When she asked why, Prince said he told her, “Because an angel told me so.'”
He said that interaction enabled him to move forward, despite having a tough time in school. Prince said, "From that point on, I've been having to deal with a lot of things, getting teased a lot in school. And early in my career I tried to compensate by being as flashy as I could and as noisy as I could."
It seems he was trying to overcompensate for his childhood, and let people know how successful he was. But now, Prince is an international icon, and none of his former bullies could probably hold a candle to his success.
The world works in mysterious ways! Who would have thought that Prince’s struggle with epilepsy would make him into such a stronger person today? You can catch the second part of Prince’s interview with Tavis Smiley on PBS tonight.