On Monday night (February 5), Page Six reported that the idea was nixed at the last minute because of the online backlash following TMZ's initial report. "He was 100 percent ready to use the hologram but nixed it due to backlash from social media and Prince fans. That's why he had that sheet up like in your mama's backyard," one insider told the publication.
Even though Prince's longtime confidant Sheila E. denied the idea of a hologram via Twitter on Saturday, she also hinted that she personally nixed the idea altogether in her Entertainment Tonight interview. "I just said no. I just felt that it was too soon," she told ET. "The hologram was weird, and Prince did tell me [to] make sure nobody ever does a hologram of me. 'If you're still here, make sure nobody does a hologram.' He thought it was very demonic and that's his spiritual beliefs." Meanwhile, a source close to JT explained that plans for a hologram of the Purple Wonder were never there to begin with. "There's no way Justin would ever disrespect Prince's legacy. He didn't change his performance," the source said of his 11-song set.
After sharing a no entry sign emoji to the hashtag #PrinceHologram via Twitter on Saturday, the late pop icon's half-brother, Omarr Baker, shared a thumbs up emoji in response to a fan, who called Timberlake's duet of "I Would Die 4 U" "a beautiful tribute."
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