She is regarded as one of the biggest solo musicians of all time, who has brought her own musical to London’s West End. With her impeccable singing talent, she came to be known as the “Queen of Rock.”
Tina received international recognition as a solo artist with hit numbers like “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Proud Mary” and Private Dancer.”
Here you will find everything you need to know about the incredible Tina Turner:
Who was Tina Turner?
Born on November 26, 1929, in Nutbush, Haywood County, Tennessee, she was the youngest daughter of Zelma Priscilla and Floyd Richard Bullock, both of whom worked as sharecroppers who later got separated and left Tina and her elder sister to be looked after by their grandmother.
She worked as a domestic worker for the Henderson family when she was a teenager. While she was at work, she got the news that her half-sister, Evelyn died in a tragic car accident alongside her cousins, Margaret and Vela Evans.
After the death of her grandmother, Tina moved to St Louis and spent most of her time at Club Manhattan. She was also involved in the R&B scene, becoming famous in the show “Kings of Rhythm.”
In 1960, she got an opportunity to sing a song called “A Fool in love” in the absence of the lead singer; the recording of her song was sent to a New York radio station and was released under the moniker “Ike and Tina Turner.”
She received massive success through her 1984 album, “Private Dancer.” She continued delivering masterpiece after masterpiece, and was inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991. Later, she became part of the spiritual Beyond project and tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend, Erwin Back in July 2013.
How old is Tina Turner?
Tina Turner is 81 years old. On 27th November 2020, she celebrated her 81st birthday.
What is Tina Turner’s net worth?
According to Celebrity Net worth, Tina Turner’s net worth is around $240 million.
Marriage with Ike
Earlier, Tina had a very platonic relationship with Ike. She described her early relationship with Ike Turner as a “brother and sister from another lifetime.” Later, their relationship grew stronger and they became intimate. After their song “A Fool in Love,” they rose to popularity and ultimately got married in Tijauna, Mexico in 1962.
They had a son named Ronnie after two years. The couple raised four sons together, one from Tina’s earlier relationship, and two from an earlier fling of Ike’s.
Her relationship with Ike wasn’t like any normal couple; she faced betrayal, abuse, deception, and torture to an extent where she couldn’t tolerate it anymore. Ike was promiscuous and abusive throughout their marriage, which even led Tina to her suicide attempt by overdosing on Valium pills in 1968.
During an interview with a media organization she said, “It was my relationship with Ike that made me most unhappy. At first, I had really been in love with him. Look what he had done for me. But he was totally unpredictable.” Later, Ike was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in his old age.
Eventually, Tina filed for divorced on July 27, citing irreconcilable differences.
Her final goodbyes to fans
Tina Turner has bid farewell to her fans in an emotional new movie that features how she survived her tragic past and found happiness at last.
Titled “Tina,” the feature-length movie shows her journey including the struggles she faced in her early age, her tumultuous relationships, her phase of finding true love, and how she managed to achieve global fame as a middle-aged woman.
81-year old Tina Turner was plagued by various mental and psychical health issues, including cancer and a stroke. The Rock Queen also suffered a kidney failure and underwent a transplant in 2017.
The movie reveals that the “We don’t need another hero” singer had a form of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from the domestic abuse she suffered by her ex-husband and music partner, Ike Turner.
Recalling her experience, Tina said, “It wasn’t good life. The good did not balance the bad.”
“I had an abusive life, there’s no other way to tell the story. It’s a reality. It’s a truth. That’s what you have got, so you have to accept it.”
Where is Tina Turner now?
Tina has moved to Switzerland with Erwin (her second husband whom she married in 2005) and lives their permanently.
However, trauma still follows her where she goes, as her Craig committed suicide in Los Angeles in 2018. After she scattered his ashes off the California coast, the 81-year-old singer said, and “My saddest moment as a mother. He was 59 when he died so tragically, but he will always be my baby.”
In the 80s, Tina reinvented herself as a solo artist with her successful albums like Break Every Rule and Private Dancer.
She even starred in the 1985 action movie called Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Her booming career earned her a Grammy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also the first Black artist and first woman to be featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
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