Drummer Sheila E has confirmed she and and Prince were engaged in the 1980s. In her new memoir, The Beat of My Own Drum, the percussionist details the night the When Doves Cry hitmaker proposed to her during a concert in Europe in 1987, according to the New York Daily News. She writes, "(He turned around half way into Purple Rain and mouthed), 'Marry me?' "He blew me a kiss, turned to the audience, and took the most amazing guitar solo ever. For the rest of that year my relationship with Prince was a dream... We were with each other all day and all night." Following the engagement, the couple split its time between Los Angeles and his native Minneapolis, but decided to keep the impending nuptials secret. However, by the 1990s, the couple's relationship had deteriorated following numerous infidelities and the death blow for the romance came when Prince allegedly refused to allow Sheila to attend her grandmother's funeral. She explains, "He was my boss, he reminded me. He signed the paycheques."