The Artist Formerly Known as Married 
by Natalie Finn 
Jul 26, 2006, 5:20 PM PT 
http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,19607,00.html?fdnews

Prince's NPG Music Club isn't the only thing shutting down. 

The Musicology artist's wife of five years, Manuela Testolini Nelson, filed
for divorce on May 24, according to court documents obtained Wednesday by
the Minneapolis Star Tribune. 

Testolini Nelson, 29, used to work for Paisley Park Studios, the recording
and production complex Prince opened near Minneapolis in 1987. 

The duo tied the knot in 2001 in a small, super-secret Jehovah's Witness
ceremony in Hawaii, with the bride taking her husband's name. For those of
you who may have forgotten that the 48-year-old Prince has a last name, he
was born Prince Robert Nelson. 

While her future ex has been busy releasing a number-one album, performing
on Saturday Night Live and American Idol, picking up BET and Webby awards
and making cryptic comments, Testolini Nelson runs Gamillah Inc., which
houses a production company, a line of designer candles and other
businesses. 

This was Prince's second marriage. His first, to backup singer-dancer Mayte
Garcia, was annulled in 1998 after two years, with Prince stating that "the
best way to demonstrate [that they're joined for life] is to do away with
the legal bonds that people demand." 

Speaking of legal demands, Britain's HM Publishing Holdings filed a
trademark lawsuit against Prince's NPG Music Club (named after the New Power
Generation) Website on July 3, protesting its use of the "NPG" moniker
because it coincides with the company's own Nature Publishing Group, or NPG.


Prince's attorney, David Schelzel, has said that his client's right to use
the name is not in jeopardy and that the decision to shut down
NPGMusicClub.com had nothing to do with the lawsuit. 

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