In a 2008 profile in the New Yorker magazine, musician Prince gave his opinion on politics and culture. According to reporter Claire Hoffman, the musician was conservative on social issues like abortion and gay marriage.
Last Thursday Prince was found dead inside an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios home in Minneapolis. He was 57 and the cause of death is currently being investigated.
In 2008 New Yorker reporter Hoffman visited Prince in Los Angeles, where he was living at the time. An excerpt:
Recently, Prince hosted an executive who works for Philip Anschutz, the Christian businessman whose company owns the Staples Center. “We started talking red and blue,” Prince said. “People with money—money like that—are not affected by the stock market, and they’re not freaking out over anything. They’re just watching. So here’s how it is: you’ve got the Republicans, and basically they want to live according to this.” He pointed to a Bible. “But there’s the problem of interpretation, and you’ve got some churches, some people, basically doing things and saying it comes from here, but it doesn’t. And then on the opposite end of the spectrum you’ve got blue, you’ve got the Democrats, and they’re, like, ‘You can do whatever you want.’ Gay marriage, whatever. But neither of them is right.”
When asked about his perspective on social issues—gay marriage, abortion—Prince tapped his Bible and said, “God came to earth and saw people sticking it wherever and doing it with whatever, and he just cleared it all out. He was, like, ‘Enough.’"
More recently, the Washington Post published a piece on Sunday under the headline “Raunchy Prince Was Actually a Conservative Christian Who Reportedly Opposed Gay Marriage.” Reporter Michelle Boorstein notes that Prince was raised a Seventh-day Adventist and later became a Jehovah’s Witness. “However,” Boorstein writes, “his beliefs and spirituality were his own, rooted in what his biographer Toure called ‘my Lord and savior, Jesus Christ’ as well as a deep fascination with the afterlife and Judeo-Christian scripture, which he was constantly quoting."