Donatella Versace Remembers Close Friend Prince: 'I Will Always Love Him' (Exclusive)

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Prince and Donatella Versace at the Versace for H&M Fashion Show and Party in New York City on Nov. 8, 2011. 

Prince, who died on April 21, was a friend of the Versace family, having worn the designer’s signature prints and accessories as well as attending a number of the house's fashion shows in Milan. More recently in 2011, he attended the Versace for H&M party in New York City where he performed for an hour and closed the evening with his classic hit "Purple Rain." 

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After hearing the sad news of his death, Donatella Versace shared an exclusive remembrance with Billboard about the loss of her dear friend:

"I am crying. All my memories are coming back to me. He was one of my closest friends. I will always remember when he rented a club, only for him and me. We listened to his music and spoke about the young generation. The young people were so important to Prince. They have to follow the example he set, to believe in their heart, respect their own soul and never trade their own individuality. It is what made Prince outstanding and relevant forever. I will always love him."