Iconic singer Tina Turner now 81, had many hidden and unbelievable truths about her first marriage, which she shared a few years ago. She explained that her wedding night was tortuous; here is what happened.
Many remember Tina with her first husband, Ike Turner, who ran a band for some years with a few backup dancers before their separation.
After leaving her husband, Tina soon found her freedom, established her career, regained her confidence and beauty, and met another man, Erwin Bach, who changed her life forever.
Tina Turner and Ike Turner in London, on October 1975 | Photo: Getty Images
TINA'S INITIAL MARITAL WOES
It was no secret that Ike, her first husband, abused her physically, mentally, and emotionally. The famous singer and band creator was publicly unfaithful, violent in his home, and did not care about his ex-wife's feelings.
In 2018, Tina shared some hard facts about her first day as a wife. The couple had traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, for a cheap wedding in 1962. She explained that the ceremony was nothing close to her dream wedding.
Tina Turner performing live on stage at Wembley Stadium in London in 1990 | Photo: Getty Images.
At the time, she expected to have a glorious honeymoon and a memorable wedding night with her groom but suffered a gruesome sight of some explicit content.
Ike took her to a cheap brothel — "a filthy place" to view something she termed as nasty, unattractive, and provocative between a male and female performer. Tina felt miserable and was on the verge of tears but could not leave. She said:
"There was no escape. We couldn't leave until Ike was ready, and he was having a fine time."
Ike Turner performing onstage at Koh Samui Festival, Thailand, September 2005 | Photo: Getty Images
The man was oblivious to her feelings, and even if he noticed, did not care. One time, Ike defended his brutality, adding that Tina stayed behind to receive such treatments.
She was in love and stuck around for sixteen years, they never had a child together, but Ike adopted Tina's son from another relationship; his name was Craig.
Tina's brilliance in music afforded her the chance to rebuild a solo career and gain popularity away from her ex-husband's ventures. She made a £200 million records sale.
Ike died in 2007, at age 76, from a drug overdose. He had begun to regret his actions as a young man and sought ways to rewrite his history and redeem himself.
Leaving her marriage bought her freedom but took away her time to be more present for Craig. He died by suicide at his Los Angeles home, and Tina partly blamed her husband for estranging her from her son but added that she was the best mom at the time.
It was tough to accept the new reality without her son. However, Tina decided to keep his memory alive and remember all the moments shared with the deceased.
TINA TURNER'S SECOND MARRIAGE
After a failed marriage, the singer maintained celibacy for a year before meeting her current husband, who is 16 years younger. When she met him, it was love at first sight, and they both did not waste any time.
Bach has been very supportive of his wife; he even donated a kidney to save her life after she felt it was the end, following a kidney failure.
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