For decades, the singer kept us hooked with her music and magical performances. But her life was never a cakewalk.
Tina Turner is one of the most amazing and talented artists ever seen. Since the 1960s, the performer has garnered a huge fan base and has been blessing us with her music ever since. While professionally Turner has enjoyed success, her personal life had its share of pain, heartbreak, and abuse. And it's taken a toll on her, leading her to bid farewell to her adoring fans.
In Tina, a feature-length documentary about her life, the singer recalls the various moments of her life, right from her struggles as a youngster to the fame and true love she found in her middle-ages. Now, as she enters the final chapter of her life, she gets to take care of herself and find happiness, according to the NY Post. At 81, taking care of her ill health after suffering a stroke, cancer, and kidney failure is a priority, and now that she is out of the spotlight, she can finally doing it at ease.
In the film, the singer also talks about how she has been diagnosed with some form of post-traumatic stress disorder due to the abuse she endured from her first husband and music partner, Ike Turner. Remembering the years gone by, Tina said, “It wasn’t a 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’ve got, so you have to accept it."
“Some people say the life that I lived and the performances that I gave, the appreciation, is blasting with the people. And yeah, I should be proud of that. I am," she continued. “But when do you stop being proud? I mean, when do you, how do you bow out slowly? Just go away?” For the mother-of-four, this seems to be a perfect time. Her second husband and the man who brought her true happiness, Erwin Bach, revealed that The Tina Turner Story tour on Broadway was the closing act: “She said, ‘I’m going to America to say goodbye to my American fans and I’ll wrap it up.’ And I think this documentary and the play, this is it — it’s a closure.”
For years, Turner's life had been filled with misery. It started with her mother, Zelma, who had been the victim of domestic abuse at the hands of the singer's father, Floyd Bullock. Then came the ultimate betrayal when both parents abandoned her. Even when the mother and daughter reunited, Zelma remained unloving. The What's Love Got To Do With It singer said in the documentary, “Mom was not kind. When I became a star, of course back then she was happy because I bought her a house. I did all kinds of things for her, she was my mother. I was trying to make her comfortable because she didn’t have a husband, she was alone, but she still didn’t like me. She didn’t want me, she didn’t want to be around me, even though she wanted my success. But I did for her as if she loved me.”
After remaining unloved, Turner thought Ike Turner would love her genuinely. Instead, he turned her into a victim of domestic abuse, putting her in the same fate as her mom. What he did to her affected the musician so badly that "she has dreams about it, they’re not pleasant. It’s like when soldiers come back from the war. It’s not an easy time to have those in your memory and then try to forget," said Bach.
Even after Turner found true love with Bach, she had to go through intense unhappiness when she lost her son Craig to suicide. "My saddest moment as a mother. He was 59 when he died so tragically, but he will always be my baby," she said.
Now, after nearly 60 years as a performer, Tina Turner is done being in the spotlight. She deserves to sit back, take care of herself, and do what makes her happy from within. Though she won't be on stage to entertain us anymore, her music and voice will live on forever.
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