Tina Turner, who married singer Ike Turner after falling in love with him as a young adult, has written and spoken frequently about the years of horrifying abuse she underwent throughout their marriage. In a recent documentary about the artist’s life, the manner they marked it is revealed with the utmost candor.
In the movie, the 81-year-old diva acknowledged that she still experiences flashbacks about the abuse she received from the singer, especially when she was expecting their son Ronnie. She described it as a curse: “This scene keeps coming back, you dream, the genuine vision is there.”
The singer is praised for speaking out about domestic violence in the 1980s, a time when this issue was hardly ever discussed by international celebrities or in the press. Yet Tina claims she didn’t say those things with the intention of avoiding questions about her relationship with Ike from the reporters.
Oprah Winfrey, who experienced abuse as a child, remarked, “No one was talking about sexual abuse, physical violence, domestic abuse, or point abuse.”
In the documentary, Tina also acknowledged that the divorce in 1978 left her with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which had been exacerbated by the multiple medical issues she had been dealing with in recent years.
Her present spouse compared her to a soldier coming home from war, describing how she was when she first saw her.
In 2013, just a few weeks after marrying producer Erwin Bach, Tina experienced a stroke. Bowel cancer was discovered in her in 2016. Craig, her son, committed suicide in 2018 at the age of 59 as a result of loneliness and sadness that were exacerbated by alcohol consumption.
The documentary not only recalls the singer’s personal misfortunes but also chronicles how she overcame discrimination and harassment in her career. With the release of Private Dancer in 1984, which she views as her genuine debut, Tina Turner turned 45.
The farewell to the singer from her countless admirers, Tina, which was directed by Oscar winners Dan Lindsay and T.J. Martin, had its world premiere earlier this month at the Berlin Film Festival and will begin airing on HBO on March 27.