Manuela Testolini has traveled to different continents to construct schools and propagate the mission of her foundation and she has received honors and recognition for her efforts. Asides from her philanthropic works, she runs a company called Gamillah that produces and sells designer candles. Her fame and celebrity status is further buoyed by her past relationship with an entertainment icon – Prince. In addition to that, she is recognized for being the second and current wife of the popular American actor and singer, Eric Benet.
Manuela Testolini’s Bio
Testolini is a Canadian businesswoman and charity worker who is widely known for being the second wife of the iconic singer and multi-instrumentalist, Prince. She is the founder and president of the non-profit organization, In a Perfect World Foundation, which is focused on providing education and welfare to young people in at-risk communities from all corners of the earth such as Nepal, Malawi, Haiti, Mali, and Nicaragua. She has given her time and devotion to various other charities over the years such as the Free Arts Minnesota, Young Women’s Empowerment Network, and Love4OneAnother.
Manuela Testolini was born in Toronto, Canada, on September 19, 1976. Her father is Italian and her mother hails from Egypt. She was raised alongside her only sibling, a brother named Roberto, born a few years after her. She attended high school in her community and after her graduation, she enrolled at York University, Toronto, where she earned a degree in Law and Sociology.
After completing her undergraduate studies, Manuela began working in the field of law, but she soon became disillusioned with the justice system and decided to take a break from work to volunteer at a homeless shelter. She soon realized that she loved charity work and decided to pursue a career in that instead. She served at a number of charity organizations like the Young Women’s Empowerment Network, Free Arts Minnesota, and Love4OneAnother. It was while working at the latter that she met Prince, who was the founder of the foundation. They soon began dating and headed to for the altar in December 2001, shortly after the musical maestro divorced his former wife, Mayte Garcia.
The couple had a marvelous marriage, full of excitement and the best things that life could offer. Manuela Testolini played the role of celebrity wife to perfection. During their marriage, Prince convinced her to start her own non-profit, so she founded the In a Perfect World Foundation. However, things soon turned sour in their union as Manuela filed for divorce, which was finalized in 2006. Neither she nor Prince disclosed the reason their marriage ended, but the singer admitted that he had wanted the marriage to continue.
In 2009, Manuela began dating the neo-soul and R&B singer Eric Benet, shortly after they crossed paths at the LA Fashion Week party. Two years later, they exchanged vows at a dream wedding which took place on July 31, 2011. Manuela and Eric welcomed their first daughter, Lucia Bella in 2012 and Amoura Lynn, their second daughter joined the family in July 2014. She is also the step-mother to Eric’s daughter from a previous relationship, India Benet.
The kindhearted woman recently launched her own production company in Canada, adding to the list of her business enterprises. The company appears to be doing really well so far.
Manuela Testolini’s Net Worth
Although Manuela Testolini earns a decent amount of money from her career as a charity worker, the bulk of her financial wealth came from her marriage and ensuing divorce from the award-winning singer, Prince. She owns jewelry worth nearly $200,000. She also received a mansion worth $6 million, an expensive Lexus car and other valuable items in the divorce settlement. Her current husband, Eric Benet, has accumulated a net worth of over $5 million.
Fun Facts About Eric Benet’s Wife
She Didn’t Tell Eric Benet About Her Relationship With Prince
At the beginning of their relationship, Eric had no idea that Manuela Testolini used to be married to the singer, Prince. It wasn’t until they had been dating for two months that she finally told him about her superstar ex-husband.
Manuela Is a Talented Dancer
It’s not surprising that a woman who has married two influential musicians also knows how to move in flow with rhythms. The charity worker is an excellent dancer, however, she restricts her dancing to private occasions or events shared only with friends and family.
She Is a Member of the Jehovah Witness Faith
Like her former husband, the late Prince, Manuela is also a Jehovah’s witness. She practices the teaches of the faith and tries to imbibe them in her daily life. According to reports, she and Prince sought counseling from church elders while they were considering divorce.