It’s a law of life, unfortunately… Where there’s light there’s shadow. The life of Tina Turner, whom we will all remember as an icon of music and rock and roll, had much more than just a long and successful journey on stage. The singer of hits like “Proud Mary” and “The Best” struggled in her life in several ways: during her first marriage, facing very complicated illnesses, and in recent years, mourning the loss of two of her four children.
Her life with Ike Turner, her first husband
Tina Turner got her first marriage at the age of 29. The singer, then under the name of Anna Mae Bullock, married Ike Turner after 2 years of relationship. “It was my relationship with Ike that made me most unhappy. At first, I had really been in love with him”, with those words, the singer recalled living with him, a story that culminated after their divorce in 1978.
And it wasn’t until 2018, that in an interview for the Sunday Times, Tina Turner opened up about the stormy relationship she had with Ike. “There was violence, because he had this fear that I was going to leave him,” she shared. She also confessed that she dealt with several infidelities from her first husband, who was also diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In the biopic “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, everything got documented.
Her health issues
In her life, the singer, also remembered for her extravagant wigs, battled several health issues and illnesses, such as kidney failure, post-traumatic stress, a stroke and intestinal cancer, this last one being the cause of the rock legend’s death. In addition, at the age of 34 she tried to commit suicide by an overdose, due to the unhappy life she had back in 1968.
The loss of her children
As if this wasn’t enough, 5 years ago, in 2018, his son Raymond committed suicide in Los Angeles. “My saddest moment as a mother. He was 59 when he died so tragically, but he will always be my baby,” she remembered.
Four years later, in 2022, her son Ronnie also died after battling colon cancer.
Tina Turner sang, fought, danced, and left her mark on the musical world. Her rhythm and her music will always resonate in our minds.