She’s still called a Pop Diva. But in spite of her abusive former marriage to the late Ike Turner, who was jealous of her success, Tina Turner has let go of the anger that has gripped her life in the past. In fact, her life is about to be made into Tina — The Musical, set to be staged in 2017 by director Phyllida Lloyd of Mama Mia fame.
Born Ana Mae Bullock, the child of a broken home in Nutbush, Tennessee, she sang in the church choir and at age 19 she met Ike Turner. As the duo, Ike and Tina Turner (the duo actually met at a St. Louis nightclub) he co-produced hits like “River Deep, Mountain High”. But with 300 touring days a year, Ike called the shots and beat his wife severely until she left him in 1976.
Ike Turner died in 2007 from a heroin overdose. Soon after their split, Tina found herself deeply in debt and largely perceived as a has-been. But this misperception was shattered in 1984 with the singer’s album Private Dancer, selling 20 million copies worldwide and garnering the singer 11 Grammy Awards, In 1993, Angela Bassett starred as Tina in the biopic What’s Love Got To Do With It?
In 2009, she began keeping a low profile. At age 77, she’s married to Erwin Bach, 61, a German record executive whom she met in 1985. While her only regrets are not spending the time with her two sons Craig and Ronald, she doesn’t look back and only looks ahead now.
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