It’s been about six months since Prince died, leaving behind an incredible musical legacy.
On Wednesday, his sister Tyka Nelson opened up about losing her brother and how she and her family are coping with his death in a new interview with Al Roker on “The Today Show.”
“I was closest to him, so I think I’m taking it the hardest,” Nelson said when Roker asked how she was coping.
When Roker asked Nelson if she still feels Prince’s presence when she walks through the Paisley Park compound, which is set to open to the public as a museum this week, she said, “Oh, definitely. Any time you look at his clothes or shoes or hear a song ― sometimes they’ll play music in here ― and then of course, the doves.”
Prince had two doves ― Majesty and Divinity, credited with “ambient singing” on his album “One Nite Alone.” The birds live in the compound and can be heard singing, but when Prince never returned home, Nelson said there was an eerie silence in the home.
“If they’re quiet, it doesn’t feel the same,” Nelson said, adding, “After he passed, they weren’t talking. When I first came in, I’m like, ‘Where’s the doves? What’s going on?’”
Nelson was told the doves were around the house, but they just weren’t making any noise, as if they knew exactly what had happened.
It seems, though, that the doves are singing again, though they may not be cheerful songs. As Roker pointed out, he heard the doves while touring the compound.
“It’s literally doves crying right now,” he said.