Fans of Prince paid their respects to the iconic singer's memory on the first anniversary of his death on 21 April. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer's ex-wife Mayte Garcia – The Most Beautiful Girl in the World – has now also come forward with a "love letter to his legacy".

In the piece, originally published by Billboard magazine, the former dancer describes her time with the Purple One and his passion for music and art. "Prince was beloved and revered in a way that few artists ever have been or likely ever will be," she wrote.

Garcia recalls how she met her future husband at one of his concerts. "We became pen-pals and friends and I got to know the man. As beautiful as the artist was, I realised that the man was even more so," she explained of the 1980s and 1990s sex symbol, who died at age 57.

"Many people felt that Prince wanted to remain a mystery but when I was with him, he wanted something else: to share our love and start a family. Those aren't mysterious things. It's what most of us want." Garcia and Prince were married from 1996 to 2000. They had a son named Ahmir Gregory Nelson who was born with Pfeiffer syndrome and died a week after his birth on 16 October, 1996.

Her letter comes on the heels of her bestselling memoir The Most Beautiful: My Life With Prince, which sheds light on their romance.

Read Garcia's full letter below:

Mayte Garcia with Prince
1999: Prince poses for photographers with his wife Mayte as they arrive at the De Beer and Versace 'Diamonds are forever' charity fashion Getty