When future Vegas residency Justin Timberlake made comas look entertaining during the Superbowl this year, he took a moment to pay homage to dearly departed halftime legend and sexy-motherfucker-even-in-death Prince. His “homage” was tacky bullshit, though, and was obviously just an attempt to spit on Prince’s purple paisley genderbended mausoleum urn because he’s pressed that Prince was everything and he’s the kind of person who allowed mockery of homeless people at his wedding. He’s also probably irritated because Prince thought he was beneath his purple contempt. Especially when it came to having to share a bathroom with him. It’s true, his Royal Badness had to share a bathroom with Justin Timberlake one time and he was displeased over it. Hopefully the people involved in that decision received a lifetime ban from Paisley Park.
Variety ran a series celebrating Prince’s birthday by exhibiting his sense of humor (er, ok), and included amongst the anecdotes was a bit about the time he played the 2004 Grammys and threw some nobody backup singer named Beyoncé a bone by letting her appear on stage with him. Prince was generous like that. He was generous like that unless you were some former boy-bander clown with whom he was forced to share a toilette. Some former music exec named Rebekah Alpernin had the story.
We were backstage at rehearsal the day before he played the  Grammys with Beyonce, and there were so many acts rehearsing that they had to share space. He suddenly came out of his dressing room and he looked straight at me and said in that low voice, “I’m sharing… a bathroom… with Justin Timberlake.” Nothing against Justin, of course, I just don’t think Prince was expecting to be sharing a bathroom.
Oh, no, EVERYTHING against Justin, Becky! You know his gawky ass complained about the burning lavender incense and soft purple scarves covering the lighting that Prince had set up in there and it totally ruined Prince’s vibe. Can you imagine the delivery of that line? The meaningful pauses and pursed lips. Hopefully, he made this face while saying it and Variety was just too nice to report it.
Prince and Justin went on to have a little bit of a rivalry, probably stemming from this bathroom incident. So it was odd when Justin had an album release party at Prince’s famed studio compound Paisley Park, in addition to the halftime show. You should have been ON YOUR KNEES THANKING HIS PURPLE MAJESTY for even knowing your name, Former Ramen Head!