Prince rented out the home of NBA basketball player Carlos Boozer in 2004. To make himself at home in his new space, he decked out the house Prince-style, without asking for permission.
Boozer was a little shocked to come home and discover his bedroom had been converted into a hair salon and there were purple symbols on the walls.
Boozer wasn’t even interested in renting out his West Hollywood home until his realtor convinced him it was worth the amount Prince was willing to pay.
“My realtor was like, ‘Yo, there’s this guy who wants to rent your house. He saw it before you bought it,’ ” Boozer recalled. “I was like, ‘I’m not leasing my house. I’ve never done that.’
“The amount of money he was willing to pay made me reconsider. And that’s how Prince rented my house out.”
Prince reportedly took renovations to the house a little too far for Boozer’s liking. As Boozer didn’t give Prince permission to redecorate, any renovation was probably too far.
A lawsuit was filed:
“Multiple media outlets reported Prince paid $70,000 per month for the 10-bedroom, 11-bath home. The same reports said attorneys for Boozer filed suit against Prince/MPG Music for violating the eight-month lease because of ‘painting the exterior with purple striping, “prince” symbol, and numbers 3121 (one of Prince’s albums).’
“The suit also cited a purple monogrammed carpet was installed in the master bedroom and plumbing ‘for water transfer for beauty salon chairs’ was added.”
Boozer said this of the redecorating:
“He made it purple. He wanted to put his personal touch on it because he wanted to make it feel like home. I was kind of worried about that when I saw the house. But Prince was great. I had a conversation with him. He changed everything back the way it was before he moved out. “He did some very specific things that were built for him and his lifestyle, which is very different than mine.”
“He knows how to live,” Boozer said. “I’ll put it that way.”
Boozer’s lawyer dropped the lawsuit after the two men had a talk about the changes made to the house.
Prince passed away on Thursday. Boozer paid tribute to him on Instagram. The Los Angeles Laker ended up becoming friendly with Prince because of the experience.