The part played by Apollonia was allegedly written for Prince's ex-girlfriend Vanity
, lead singer of group Vanity 6 and star of such 80's classics as "The Last Dragon
" and "Action Jackson". She is actually listed by name in the script. Legend states that, after a fall-out between them, Vanity was replaced for the part with Apollonia Kotero. Truth is, that Vanity was not his girlfriend ever. It simply made for good publicity. Vanity was let go allegedly because of her rampant drug use at the time. Appolonia also stated years later that she was asked not to date anyone during the time of Purple Rain so that a relationship with Price could be speculated upon. And may even have been asked to break up with her boyfriend (allegedly David Lee Roth).