Eamonn Holmes criticised for saying Prince was a ‘girls’ artist’ on ‘This Morning’

TV presenter made the controversial comments on ITV breakfast show

TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has been criticised following comments he made earlier today about Prince after the music icon’s death.

Prince was found dead at his Paisley Park home yesterday afternoon (April 21). He was 57.

Discussing the news on ITV’s This Morning on Friday (April 22), Holmes told wife and co-host Ruth Langsford: “I think there was a bit of a problem with Prince. He was more of a girls’ artist than a boys’ artist.”

He added: “It’s the flamboyancy… We find it hard to relate to him because there’s that flamboyancy that you had with David Bowie as well.”

Holmes went on to agree that Prince was a “incredible” musician.

Following the comments, Holmes has been criticised online by Twitter users. One fan wrote: “Prince and Bowie did not appeal to women more than men. They were idolised by both for their brilliance and innovation”.

Holmes has not yet responded to the criticism.


SEE MORE: Prince: June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016. The NME Obituary

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

Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger also paid tribute to Prince following the star’s death.

Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher dedicated ‘Live Forever’ to Prince at his Glasgow show, while Mumford & Sons and The 1975 also paid tribute to Prince at their gigs last night.