Prince’s family will not authorize the singer’s image to be recreated as a hologram.
“That whole virtual reality thing… it really is demonic,” Prince said back in 1998. “And I am not a demon.” As such, many were irate after reports emerged suggesting a Prince hologram would perform with Justin Timberlake at Sunday’s Super Bowl LII halftime show.
“ #PrinceHologram,” his brother Omarr Baker tweeted on Saturday. When asked by a fan, “does this mean you didn’t authorize [the hologram] or that it’s not happening?” Baker simply replied, “both.”
Prince’s one-time fiancee and longtime collaborator Shiela E. also weighed in. “Prince told me don’t ever let anyone do a hologram of me,” she tweeted. “Not cool if this happens!”
Timberlake is scheduled to headline this year’s Super Bowl, 11 years after Prince performed what many consider to be one of the best halftime shows in history.
The “Man of the Woods” singer recently said at a press conference there would be no guests performing with him.