Tina Turner: How She Found Love And Success After Leaving Her Abusive Marriage With Ike Turner

Tina TurnerOne of the most successful recording artists of all time, died at the age of 83 at his home in Kusnacht, Switzerland on Wednesday, May 23, his publicist Bernard Doherty Confirmed.

Tina, born anna may bullock in Brownsville, Tennessee, began his decades-long career in the 1950s. She was still in high school in Illinois when she met her future husband ike turner (who died in 2007) at a nightclub in New York City, and began singing for his band The Kings of Rhythm, which not long after became Ike and Tina Turner Review.

The husband-wife duo soon found fame in the 1960s — their first R&B hit was “A Fool in Love” in 1960 — though behind the scenes, the story wasn’t so great. “My relationship with Ike was ruined the day he thought I was going to be his pawnbroker,” She wrote in her 2018 memoir, my love Storywhere he also recalled forcing Ike to change his last name against his will.

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The two married in 1962 in Tijuana, Mexico. Tina was already a mother at that time Craig Raymond TurnerBorn in 1958 from her relationship with former Kings of Rhythm member Raymond Hill. He died in 2018 at the age of 55 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. the couple’s first and only biological son, Ronnie Turner, was born in 1960, and passed away in December of 2022 from complications of colon cancer. he also shared Ike Turner Jr.with ike senior’s son Lorraine Taylor born in 1958, as well as his brother Michael TurnerBorn in 1959.

As the musical duo’s fame and success grew, so did Ike’s abuse of Tina, which he made famous in both of his memoirs. She said of her ex-husband: “First, he was verbally abusive. Then, he picked up a wooden shoe stretcher,” and added: “Ike knew what he was doing.”

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“I was living the life of death,” She also spoke out in an HBO documentary about her life, Tina, out in 2021, about the abuse she endured during 16 years of marriage amid Ike’s growing drug addiction.

Tina Turner and Ike Turner guest on CHER.  Image dated September 11, 1975© Getty
Ike and Tina as guests of CHER in 1975

Her first memoir, I, Tina: My Life Story, was written in 1986. kurt lauderShe told her co-writer: “It was not a good life. The good didn’t balance out the bad.”

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The revelatory first memoir was released eight years after divorcing Ike in 1978, two years after she was released her solo breakthrough album private Dancer in 1984 (which includes the iconic “What’s Love Got to Do With It),” and after 18 she tried to take her own life in an attempt to escape her husband’s abuse.

Tina Turner and Ike Turner (1931-2007) playing Fender Stratocaster guitars from the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, performed live on stage at the Hammersmith Odeon in London, 24 October 1975.© Getty
Tina recounts in her memoirs stepping up demonstrations after being abused by Ike

Tina eventually ran away with Ike in 1976, After a loud fight on the way to a Dallas hotel, That’s when she fled with no money and blood-stained clothes, and sought refuge at the Ramada Inn across the highway.

She later found success without him and earned the title of Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll for 1984. private DancerNot only a departure from the R&B hits she released with her ex-husband, but a symbolic departure from her life with him.

Tina Turner and her husband Irwin Bach attend the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week© Getty Images
Tina and Irwin were together for over three decades

Ultimately, Tina found true love in music executive Erwin Bach, with whom she had been for over thirty years; They married in 2013. They met at an airport in Germany in 1985, when her manager asked her to pick him up. If you can call it love, it was an exquisitely different love than the one she had with Ike, and he went so far as to donate a kidney to her when she was battling kidney disease. She wrote in her memoir, “She was overwhelmed by the enormity of his proposal.”

Tina is survived by Ike’s two sons with Irwin as well as Lorraine, whom he adopted early in their marriage. Scroll down to see more pictures of her.

Tina Turner starring in the pilot for the ABC TV series 'Constantinople' in 1977© Getty
Tina playing the pilot for the ABC TV series ‘Constantinople’ in 1977
Tina Turner at the 27th Annual Grammy Awards, 1985© Getty
Tina at the 1985 Grammys
Tina Turner in the midst of her comeback circa 1985© Getty Images
The star in the midst of her comeback circa 1985
Ike and Tina Turner pictured with their son and stepsons in 1972.  Clockwise from bottom left: Michael Turner (son of Ike and Lorraine Taylor), Ike Turner, Jr. (son of Ike and Lorraine Taylor), Ike Turner, Craig Hill (son of Tina and Raymond Hill), Ron© Getty Images
Ike and Tina with their son and stepsons
Tina Turner in the Later Days of Ike & Tina Turner Review© Getty Images
Tina in the days after ike and tina turner review

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