When Prince died earlier this year, fans around the world were shaken and shocked, but interestingly, or should we say, equally as shocking, his sister, Tyka Nelson, told “ET‘s” Kevin Frazier it was something she expected.
“It wasn’t hard at all,” Nelson said about coming to grips with Prince’s death. “It was a two-word phone call: ‘He’s gone.’ And I knew who he meant. I hung up the phone. An employee of Prince called. I have been preparing for two years, so I knew that it was coming.”
Frazier and “ET” spoke with Nelson at the Paisley Park compound which is scheduled to open its doors to the public as a museum Thursday in a “soft launch.” The official opening is scheduled for December. In any event, Tyka Nelson said her brother hinted to her that his life was winding down.
“He said it a couple of years ago: ‘I’ve done everything that I’ve come to do,’” she recalled. “I was crushed for about two years.”
Here’s her message for the millions of fans who are still having a hard time getting over Prince’s death.
“I’ve had two years to deal with it, but there’s a lot of people that have only had from April to now, so I guess I would say give it another year and a half and maybe you’ll be where I’m at,” she said. “I’m sorry that you’re hurting.”
For those wondering about the fate of Prince’s $300 million estate as in who’s going to get what, here’s what Tyka had to say:
“I think we’re now finally on the last leg,” Nelson told ET’s Kevin Frazier, when asked about Prince’s will. The singer’s estate is currently being managed by a trust company appointed by the court, after it was revealed that Prince did not have a will. To make things more complicated, numerous people came forward, claiming to be related to Prince and, therefore, heir to his fortune.
“We’re finally through the 195,000 people that said they’re related,” Nelson said. “We’ve got one of the employees that was a half-brother of some of my half siblings, once we work that part out, I think we’re there. So, I’ll be happy.”
Nelson also revealed that she and her half siblings meet peacefully every week, which has united the family more than ever. “I think people want to think we’re fighting,” she said. “So, I make jokes about it and I’m like…’What are we fighting about today?’”
Meanwhile, Tyka has vowed to keep Prince’s legacy alive through his music.
“He’s written a massive amount of music and in one of our conversations, he said, ‘How I want to be remembered is as one of the most prolific writers in the world,’” Nelson recalled. “So I’m going to do everything that I can to make that dream come true.”
It’s been speculated that the legendary artist could have as many as 2,000 unreleased songs locked away in a vault. If that true, and we bet it is, Tyka Nelson intends for fans to get to hear the music.
“We’re going to pull it up and we’re going to remix it and we’re going to get it out,” she said.
When the Paisley Park museum opens today, tourists will be able to step inside of Prince’s private world, which includes artifacts from the 1984 film Purple Rain, his recording studio and his private diner.
Watch the more expansive interview with Tyka Nelson and take a video tour of Paisley Park with Kevin Frazier at ET.