Tina Turner wasn’t interested in staying together.
The legendary singer opened up about the years of abuse she suffered at the hands of late husband Ike in their tumultuous marriage.
The “What’s Love Got to Do With It” singer met Ike Turner when she was just 16. The two were married in 1962 and Turner alleges the abuse began almost immediately. She filed for divorce in July 1976 after 14 years of marriage and at least one suicide attempt, when she swallowed 50 Valium pills.
Ike admitted to the domestic violence but downplayed the abuse, writing in his 2001 autobiography that he slapped her and “punched her to the ground without thinking” but “never beat her.”
“As an old person, I have forgiven him, but it would not work with him. He asked for one more tour with me, and I said, ‘No, absolutely not.’ Ike wasn’t someone you could forgive and allow him back in,” the 78-year-old Tina told The Times.
“It’s all gone, all forgotten. I don’t know what the dreams are about,” she said. “The dreams are still there — not the violence, the anger. I wonder if I’m still holding something in.”
After the divorce, Turner revamped her career and launched a legendary comeback that included 12 Grammy awards and a 1991 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
In 1985, she met German music executive Erwin Bach — the two were married in 2013 and currently live in Switzerland.
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