American musician Prince Rogers Nelson has in an exclusive interview revealed the ordeal he went through while suffering from epilepsy.
Prince, 50, revealed to US talk show host Tavis Smiley that when he was "born epileptic" his parents had to struggle to cope with his fits.
"My mother and father didn't know what to do or how to handle it but they did the best they could with what little they had," the BBC quoted him as saying.
The singer said he was "teased a lot" at school, and also recalled how as a child he believed divine intervention had helped him overcome the illness.
"My mother told me one day I walked in to her and said, 'Mum, I'm not going to be sick anymore'," he said.
"She said 'Why?' and I said 'Because an angel told me so.' Now, I don't remember saying it, that's just what she told me," he added.
He went on to reveal that before the seizures stopped he tried to "compensate" for the illness by being "as noisy as I could and be as flashy as I could".