Prince did like me, yes, but I didn’t date him. We’ve gone roller skating, but not just with me - I think (friend) Kathy Hilton was there, my brother Michael was there, my sister (Janet) was there. So it was like a group. It was always tons of fun, because he was such a great rollerskater. He was always such a lovely gentleman. He was so kind and so sweet, and always a man, and that’s what I really liked about him, because sometimes it’s difficult to find that today.
La Toya Jackson attending Prince’s concert at the Los Angeles Forum, February 19, 1985
Shortly after Prince released, “Soft and Wet,” he shyly introduced himself to me at a roller skating party. “Hi.” “Hi,” I said nonchalently. “I’m Prince.” “Yes, I know.” There was no mistaking the large brown eyes, downy moustache, and straight black hair. Although I was sitting down to put on my my skates, he was barely my height. “I just want you to know that I’m madly in love with you,” he whispered passionately. “Oh.” I thought this was his way of complimenting someone. I had no idea of his real intentions until he said, “I have all your pictures and everything, and I like everything about you.” His voice trailed off as if he had run out of words. “Oh… that’s nice.” Most girls would have kissed him or slapped him. Me? I stood up, offered a cheery “Well, hope you have a nice time tonight!” and skated off.“
Thank you! Umm, when something like this happens, you want those who are very dear to you up here with ya. I’d like to ask for my sister La Toya and Janet; please come up! (La Toya walks up) My sister Janet as well come up! (Janet walks up) First of all, I’d like to thank God (audience member yells what seems to be heard as “You’re God!” but Michael heard “La Toya!” and points to La Toya behind him) Rebbie I’d like to have you up here as well you know! Also I’d like to thank my mother and father who were with us all the way. I mean my mother’s very shy, she’s like me; she won’t come up! (Michael laughs with the audience and Rebbie finally walks up) I have three sisters! Also I’d like to thank all my brothers who I love very dearly, all of em including Jermaine! (Michael and his sisters point to their brothers while the audience laughs at the small joke)