Who is Manuela Testolini?
A businesswoman and benefactor, Manuela Testolini was born under the zodiac sign of Virgo on 19 September 1976, in Toronto, Ontario Canada; she holds Canadian nationality while her ethnicity is of mixed Italian and Egyptian descent. Manuela rose to prominence after marrying the famous pop-star Prince, and after they divorced, she married another celebrity singer, Eric Benet Jordan, with whom she has two daughters.
Early life, family, and education
Manuela was raised in Toronto by her Egyptian mother and Italian father, alongside her younger brother Roberto; she prefers to keep information regarding her childhood private, so she hasn’t disclosed her parents’ names and occupations.
She attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 1994, she enrolled at York University in Toronto, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Law and Sociology.
Manuela then started working in the field of law, and eventually also as a volunteer at a homeless shelter, and then she pursued her career in charity. Manuela moved to the USA, and served in numerous charity organizations, such as Free Arts Minnesota, Young Women’s Empowerment Network, and Love4OneAnother, whose founder was Prince.
Currently, Manuela is the founder of the charity In a Perfect World, and is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gamillah Incorporation; her charity organization provides support for various community groups, particularly dedicated to improving the lives of children in need.
Her company promotes economic and cultural harmony through artistic programs, services, products, and information, and is also supporting various non-profit organizations.
Updates about her work can be seen on her Instagram account, which is being followed by nearly 15,000 people, and there is also an Instagram account established for her charity organization.
Love life and relationships
Manuela has been involved in many controversies and affairs – perhaps her exotic look was the reason for her to be romantically linked to various celebrities, however, it’s known that she was in a relationship with Stephen Marshall from 1996 until 2001 when she met Prince, and they married in that year.
The marriage with Prince lasted for five years until their divorce in 2006, then in 2009, she met her future husband Eric Benet, the ex-husband of famous actress Halle Berry.
Manuela and Eric married on 31 July 2011, and on 21 December 2011 welcomed their first daughter Lucia Bella Jordan, while their second daughter Amoura Luna Jordan was born on 13 July 2014.
As of February 2022, the two are still married and enjoy raising their daughters.
Marriage with Prince
There were various rumors concerning her relationship and marriage with Prince; one of them was saying that Prince cheated on his then-wife Mayte Garcia with Manuela, since soon after they divorced, Prince married Manuela. Rumors were saying that Manuela is a gold-digger since she was 24 years old, and Prince was in his forties.
Mayte wrote in her book “The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince” that Manuela was stalking Prince. According to her, Manuela was writing messages to Prince saying that she wants to work for his charity organization, and that is how they met. Mayte has also written that Manuela used Prince’s emotional weakness since they lost their son, Amiir, who was born with Pfeiffer syndrome, and after that, they had some issues in their marriage.
On the other side, Manuela spoke about how she met Prince saying that she was attempting to get help to save a woman’s shelter that was under the threat of being shut down, and Prince was the only one who responded to her. She said that philanthropy actually brought them together. The two married in 2001, and kept their private life a secret, but they were seen at various red-carpet events, and seemed happy in love.
After five years of marriage, in 2006,started rumors about their relationship, soon confirmed when Manuela filed for the divorce; according to court documents, unsealed despite Manuela’s attempt to stop it, the two lived a life of luxury, spending over $50,000 for parties, and Manuela paying $5,000 for the stylist to do her hair and make-up for one of the Grammy’s Award ceremonies.
They had un-limited accounts at boutiques such as Valentino, Versace, and Gucci, and Manuela had a salary from his charity organization where she worked as a consultant.
Manuela said that Prince threw her out of their home in Chanhassen, Minnesota, and cut her credit cards, which Prince denied.
However, the divorce was finalized in 2007, and Manuela received a $6 million valued house in Toronto, where they lived for a while back in 2001, and she a Lexus car as part of the divorce settlement.
According to court sources, Prince was ordered to give Manuela her jewelry, including Tiffany’s diamond and gold earring set, some videos which he made based on two songs that he wrote for her, her personal photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia, which was all valued at over $185,000 but even two years after their divorce, he hadn’t returned these items to her.
Although they have gone through a bad divorce, Manuela still talks about him with love, and after his death, she has built two schools in villages in Malawi, Africa, in the honor of Prince.
Age, appearance, and net worth
Manuela is 45 years old, with long, dark brown hair and brown eyes; she weighs around 135lbs (62kgs) and is 5ft 6ins (1.67m) tall, with vital statistics of 34-25-35.
As of February 2022, her net worth has been estimated at close to $8 million.
Who is Prince?
Prince Rogers Nelson was born under the zodiac sign of Gemini on 7 June 1958, in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA; he held American nationality and his ethnicity was African-American. He was a world-famous singer and multi-instrumentalist, who rose to prominence after releasing his sixth album “Purple Rain” in 1984, which was the soundtrack for his eponymous movie. He made his acting debut in this Oscar-awarded romantic musical drama movie, acting alongside Morris Day and Apollonia Kotero; it had 11 award nominations and won seven, including the Oscar for Best Music, Original Song Score.
During his life, Prince released 39 albums, and also wrote for other artists – he sold over 150 million albums worldwide, which ranked him among the best-selling music artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, Golden Globe Award, Oscar, six American Music Awards, and four Music Television (MTV) Awards.
Prince was known for his wide vocal range, his androgynous appearance, and as a multi-instrumentalist who played piano, guitar, drums, clarinet and bass, among others.
Speaking about his personal life, he had quite an interesting love life; he was romantically linked to many celebrity women, such as Madonna, Kim Basinger, Carmen Electra, Vanity, and Jill Jones, and married twice.
His first wife was Mayte Garcia, who was 16 years old when he met her, and they married when she was 22, and he 37; after Prince divorced his second-wife Manuela, Mayte got back into his life as a friend, although he stopped talking to her after she, despite his will, went to the hospital after miscarrying their second child.
He was annoyed at her because he became a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001, and this religion prohibits blood transfusions.
In April 2016, Prince was feeling ill, and visited a specialist in family medicine; his spokesperson stated that he only had influenza. He performed on 14 April, but while flying home he passed out, and his private jet made a landing in Moline, Illinois where he was hospitalized, but as soon he felt better he left the hospital, despite medical advice to stay.
On 21 April 2016, Prince was found dead in the elevator of his house – according to paramedics he was dead for at least six hours before he was found by a doctor who had flown that morning to give him a medical exam; the autopsy showed that Prince died of an overdose of fentanyl.
At the time of his death, Prince was 57 years old, and his net worth was estimated at $163 million. Since he wasn’t married at that time and didn’t children, his heirs are his sister Tyka Nelson, and his five half-siblings – perhaps unsurprisingly, his estate is still in probate.