Legendary rock 'n' roll singer Tina Turner opens up for the first time about her son's suicide

Cheryl Kahla
Oct 17, 2018
06:41 A.M.

The 78-year-old singing sensation, Tina Turner, has a career that spans more than five decades. In a recent interview, she talked about her son's passing.


Gale King interviewed Turner in her home in Zurich, Switzerland, where is she enjoying the peace and serenity that comes with retirement.

Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. The first part of King's interview with Turner can be seen below.

Earlier this year, she published a memoir titled "Tine Turner: My Love Story" also touches on the death of her son, Craig.


She told King: "I think Craig was lonely. That's what I think really got him more than anything else."

Turner added that she has pictures of a smiling Craig all over her house and believes that "he's in a good place" now.

Craig was her first son with saxophonist Raymond Hill when she was just 18 years old. He passed away back in July from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Source: CBS Sunday Morning

Source: CBS Sunday Morning


In the short clip, Turner also talked about her life with Ike Turner and the abuse she endured at his hands, as well as her life with second husband, Erwin Bach.

She was married to Ike for 16 years but said that her marriage to Bach is the real deal. She doesn't consider Ike as her first husband.

Source: CBS Sunday Morning

Source: CBS Sunday Morning


Ike used Turner to further his own career. He would physically abuse her, and she once described their love life as an "expression of hostility." She said:

"For me, though, sex with Ike had become an expression of hostility — a kind of rape — especially when it began or ended with a beating."

Source: CBS Sunday Morning

Source: CBS Sunday Morning


Ike also gave her third-degree burns by throwing hot coffee in her face, and he used her "nose as a punching bag so many times" that she could taste blood when she performed on stage.

She considered taking her life while still married to Ike, but finally found the strength to leave him in the late seventies.


Turner tied the knot with Bach, who is sixteen years her senior, back in 2013. They met in the mid-eighties and had a romantic partnership that spanned nearly three decades.


Their wedding ceremony was held on the banks of Lake Zürich, in Küsnacht, northern Switzerland, and the couple has settled down in Zürich.

Turner, who was born Anna Mae Bullock, said she is happy with her life at the moment and doesn't miss the music industry at all. She added:

"When I retired, I said, 'Enough of Tina now! I don't want to hear any more. I want to retire. I want to go in my garden. I want to shop; I want to do things that people that's not a star do!"

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