Prince Rogers Nelson may have been known for his steamy songs, but he was actually a conservative Christian who incorporated religion in his music.
On Thursday, the entertainment world was rocked with news of Prince's death at age 57. The singer's team said he was fighting flu recently, but there were hints of more serious health issues as he had canceled two shows and made an emergency plane landing recently, according to Wetpaint.
The exact cause of Prince's death is still unconfirmed, but there are reports saying he had severe hip problems. However, he reportedly had not dealt with the illness because of his religion. He allegedly turned down an option for a double hip-replacement surgery in 2005 because his faith prevented him from accepting blood transfusions.
Prince grew up as a Seventh-Day Adventist but became a Jehovah's Witness in 2001. In an interview with The New Yorker in 2009, he compared his change of religion to a movie.
"I don't see it really as a conversion," Prince said at the time. "More, you know, it's a realization. It's like Morpheus and Neo in 'The Matrix.'"
The raunchy singer's conversion also changed his life and career. Prince reportedly began getting involved in door-to-door evangelism and regular meetings at their Church. The Guardian previously wrote about a time when an Orthodox Jewish couple welcomed him into their home because they were his fans.
The Washington Post noted the contrast between Prince's sexy theme in his music and his fervent faith. However, Wetpaint said this trend eventually changed, and the singer began refusing to use swear words in his songs after his religious conversion.
Last year, writer Justin Moyer said Prince intended his steamy music to somewhat be a form of worship of God. Some of his songs were reportedly filled with Christian messages. In a strange contradiction, some reports described Prince as a very sexual yet very conservative singer.