Tina Turner's 2nd Husband Wasn't in Her Plans When They Met in 1985 – They Married 8 Years Ago

Manuela Cardiga
Mar 18, 2021
09:40 A.M.
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Tina Turner's first husband, Ike Turner, left her bruised and battered when their relationship finally ended. Little did she know that love would find her again later in life, and this time she would be happy.


It took a while before singer/songwriter Tina Turner could trust someone else the way she once trusted her first husband, Ike Turner.  The "What's Love Got To Do With It" vocalist married her second husband Erwin Bach at age 73.

In 2021, the happy couple had been together for almost 35 years! The story of how the pair met, fell in love, got married, and moved in together, was covered in the following article.

Erwin Bach and Tina Turner posing together on July 31, 1999, and the pair at the Giorgio Armani Prive Haute Couture Fall Winter 2018/2019 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 3, 2018, in Paris, France | Photos: Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance & Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images



When Tina met Bach, she hadn't imagined that she would find love again. The "Simply the Best" singer had just relaunched her musical career in 1985 and had numerous hit songs like "Break Every Rule" and "Private Dancer."

The legendary entertainer was planning on visiting Europe to promote her latest work. Fate would have it that she meet Bach when Tina's European label, EMI, sent the record executive to meet her at the airport.

Erwin Bach and Tina Turner at "Deutschen Medienpreis 2005" on February 13, 2005 | Photo: Franziska Krug/Getty Images


In the documentary "Tina," the vocalist confessed that she was elated when she got to ride with Bach. She found him different, laid back, comfortable, and unpretentious when they started their relationship.

During his segment on the documentary, Bach described the connection between him and Tina as an "electrical charge" in his relationship that he still felt today. He said the feeling stayed with him and kept him warm.



Tina was just rebuilding her life after the end of her disastrous relationship with Ike as she'd lost everything in the divorce. The only thing she got was the custody of their four children and the rights to her music.

On top of everything else, the singer also had to deal with her and her ex-husband's colossal debt. She worked at bars, hotel lounges, and clipped coupons as she struggled to feed her family and pay off the debt.


Her "Private Dancer" album helped put the singer on the top of world charts. The star who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was well on her way to a new solo career that would dwarf the success she'd had alongside Ike.

Tina and Ike's 16-year abusive marriage helped the vocalist notice the tall, young German record company executive. Bach happens to be fifteen years younger than the iconic Tina.



Bach was only 30 years old when he met and picked up Tina from the Düsseldorf Airport before a concert. The artist was already 47, and on Oprah's Next Chapter, she described the moment they met as "love at first sight."

In the HBO documentary, "Tina," the musician explained how Bach had the prettiest face. Her heart beat differently when she saw her future husband and knew that two souls that belonged together had met at that moment.



Bach and Tina initially became friends until their feelings started growing and an attraction built up. The singer liked the music executive so much that she ended up being brave enough to ask him out on a date.

Tina shared about their first date in a previous Instagram post where she admitted to rejecting fear to speak to Bach. She described the very bold move on her Instagram page as "One of the best decisions of my life."



After more than 27 years of being a couple, Bach and Tina married on July 4, 2013, in a lavish ceremony at their lakeside estate in Zurich. The singer was 73 at the time and looked radiant in an ethereal black and green Armani gown.

The happy couple had a small wedding with only 120 guests who'd gathered from around the world. Some of the celebrities in attendance included Bryan Adams, David Bowie, Giorgio Armani, Gayle King, Sade, and Oprah Winfrey.



Celebrity Net Worth said Bach was worth a whopping $50 million in recent years! The businessman worked as a divisional managing director at EMI Germany and EMI Recorded Music Switzerland.

Besides those two roles, Tina's future husband also worked as a former music producer. His wealth meant the executive wasn't intimidated about his future wife's success and fame.

Bach's worked with many legendary artists, including Lenny Kravitz, Paul McCartney, and Radiohead. It appears he's now shifted his focus into film production as his IMDb page says he worked as an executive producer on "Tina."



In 2018, Tina released her memoir, "My Love Story." In it, she revealed many things like how, two years before, she'd suffered from increased high blood pressure that caused her kidneys to function at twenty percent.

Besides the kidney issues, the singer also had other health struggles, including a stroke and cancer. When her kidneys failed, she was put on dialysis, and Tina even considered ending her life with assisted suicide.


However, Bach was the one who offered to donate one of his kidneys to the star instead of Tina going through continued dialysis. Tina once described the selfless offer as "the gift of life."


Tina has defined her meeting and taking a chance on love again with Bach as the best thing that has ever happened to her. Thanks to his unconditional love and acceptance, she overcame her painful past and became a happy woman.



Tina's first love was fellow singer Ike, whom she stayed married to for around 16 years. During that tumulous relationship, the legendary musician was verbally and physically abused.

Her divorce from him became official when it was finalized in March 1978. Tina also spoke about the trials and tribulations of her failed marriage in her 2021 self-titled documentary.

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.