9 People Prince Counted Among His Closest Friends

Prince was an intensely private man, and some of the close friendships he cultivated in his life are just coming to light now. Here are some of the people the Purple One kept close.

TAVIS SMILEY

Tavis Smiley revealed this week how, as he was just starting out in his career, Prince called him out of the blue. Smiley thought it was a joke. But Prince was offering him the opportunity to do a televised interview, and the pair struck up a 20-year-friendship, talking frequently on the phone and sharing connections.