Tina Turner Once Said She Didn’t Know If She Could Ever Forgive Ike Turner: ‘I Had a Terrible Life’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Tina Turner at an event in May 2009

Tina Turner turned a star within the ’60s whereas performing along with her then-husband Ike Turner. On the surface, they seemed to be what many individuals would label #RelationshipGoals nowadays, however their union was something however.

Their romance was marred by home abuse and different alarming behaviors on Ike’s finish earlier than its eventual finish in 1978. Despite the time that has handed, Turner nonetheless struggles with what occurred and stated in late 2019 that she doesn’t know if she is going to ever forgive her ex for his transgressions.

Tina Turner at an event in May 2009
Tina Turner at an occasion in May 2009 | Miguel Villagran/Getty Images

Looking again at Tina Turner’s relationship with Ike Turner

Turner, whose beginning identify is Anna Mae Bullock, met Ike as a teen when she visited a St. Louis membership the place Ike had been performing along with his band, the Kings of Rhythm. Soon, she joined the group, which was later renamed the Ike and Tina Turner Revue.

The band began to land their first main hits across the similar time the singers turned romantically concerned. They welcomed a son in 1960 and married in Mexico two years later.

Though they have been extraordinarily profitable, Turner revealed in her autobiography I, Tina (1986) that Ike had abused her all through their relationship. (He claimed in his 1999 autobiography, Takin’ Back My Name: The Confessions of Ike Turner, that that they had hit one another.)

“He threw hot coffee in my face, giving me third-degree burns,” she added within the 2018 memoir My Love Story (by way of USA Today). “He used my nose as a punching bag so many times that I could taste blood running down my throat when I sang. He broke my jaw. And I couldn’t remember what it was like not to have a black eye.”

Ike and Tina Turner performing onstageIke and Tina Turner performing onstage
Ike and Tina Turner performing onstage | David Redfern/Redferns

After a friend launched her to Buddhism, Turner ultimately discovered the power to interrupt up with Ike and transfer ahead independently. She left him in 1976 after a brutal struggle at a Dallas lodge and formally divorced him two years later.

The New York Times notes that Turner has by no means talked about all the abuse she suffered at Ike’s fingers. But a few of it was captured within the 1993 biographical movie What’s Love Got to Do with It, which starred Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne.

Tina Turner and Ike Turner moved on

After the dissolution of their relationship, issues slowed down a bit for Turner. But 1984’s Private Dancer revitalized her profession, spawning hits reminiscent of “What’s Love Got to Do with It” and going five-times platinum. Turner’s profession remained profitable till she retired within the 2000s.

Ike additionally continued to make music, however he struggled with drug habit and authorized drama. Later in his life, he started to retreat from the general public eye earlier than dying of a drug overdose in 2007.

Reflecting on their relationship in a September 2019 interview with the Times, Turner stated: “I don’t know if I could ever forgive all that Ike ever did to me. But “Ike’s dead,” she continued. “So we don’t have to worry about him.”

Tina and Ike TurnerTina and Ike Turner
Tina and Ike Turner | GAB Archive/Redferns

Tina Turner is now in a cheerful, wholesome relationship

In the ’80s, Turner started courting German music producer Erwin Bach and in 1995 moved to Switzerland with him, the place she has citizenship. The pair married in a star-studded celebration in 2013.

Speaking about how far she’s come and the way a lot her life has modified, Turner added to the Times: “I don’t necessarily want to be a ‘strong’ person. I had a terrible life. I just kept going. You just keep going, and you hope that something will come.”

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