Prince wanted to mentor Chris Brown in 2014

'Purple Rain' singer even invited Brown to his Paisley Park home

Prince wanted to mentor controversial R&B singer Chris Brown in 2014, a previously unpublished interview with the late star has revealed.

During an interview with Rolling Stone conducted in January 2014 but only published now, the ‘Purple Rain’ singer revealed that he even invited Brown to Paisley Park in an effort to mentor him.

When the Rolling Stone journalist mentioned that some people felt Brown’s treatment of Rihanna was “unforgivable”, Prince replied: “Unforgivable? Goodness. That’s when we go check the master, Christ… Have you ever instantly forgiven somebody? It’s the best feeling in the world, and it totally dismantles that person’s whole stance.”

Prince also brought up Brown when asked about Michael Jackson’s death, saying: “He [Jackson] is just one of many who have gone through that door – Amy Winehouse and folks. We’re all connected, right, we’re all brothers and sisters, and the minute we lock that in, we wouldn’t let anybody in our family fall.”

“That’s why I called Chris Brown. All of us need to be able to reach out and just fix stuff. There’s nothing that’s unforgivable.”

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Last week police confirmed that they are looking into the possibility that Prince died from an overdose.

After police officials confirmed that Prince was found with prescription drugs at the time of his death, it was announced that investigators are looking into whether Prince died from an overdose and whether he had been prescribed drugs in the weeks leading to his death.

However, police have denied reports that they have asked for help on the case from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). A warrant has also been granted to search Prince’s Paisley Park home as part of the investigation.

Since his death, tributes to Prince have ranged far and wide with President Barack Obama stating “Today, the world lost a creative icon” and musicians including Madonna, Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, Frank Ocean, The Weeknd and Katy Perry leading the tributes.