Kristin Chenoweth apparently learned that Prince had an interest in her and was a fan of her work early in her career. During a 2022 visit on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Chenoweth stated, “It happened. I dated [Prince] twice … I didn’t know it was a date because it’s Prince.” She explained that Prince’s manager called her and said Prince wanted to ask for her phone number. After Chenoweth didn’t believe this was true, the “1999” singer’s assistant called and arranged for Chenoweth and Prince to meet at his place in Los Angeles. Once he arrived for their meeting, Chenoweth had a hard time hiding her admiration for the Minnesota native’s work.
“So, he comes in, and I go, ‘Hi. I want to party like it’s 1999 and ride your raspberry beret,'” Chenoweth said (via YouTube). “He just was like, ‘Wah, wah.'” After the pair ate, Prince showed Chenoweth his large guitar collection and asked her to select her favorite guitar. He then revealed that the instrument she picked once belonged to Elvis Presley. Afterward, Prince brought Chenoweth to his movie room and played a video of the “Wicked” star singing in a production of “Candide.” Chenoweth got choked up and recalled, “He said, ‘Look at you sing this aria. You inspire me.'” She added, “He said, ‘What you do is what I like to do with the guitar,'” before saying, “I love him.” The two entertainers formed a friendship over their similar beliefs.