Tina Turner and Ike were a great professional duo but as a couple, their relationship was going downhill.
Some relationships begin like the sweetest love story but as the years pass by, things change leaving you with traumatic experiences. Unfortunately, the great singer, Tina Turner had to go through such a relationship. Tina and Ike Turner were a couple envied by many. As performers, their chemistry was impeccable and fans were in awe of her passionate performances. However, everything about their union was not magical.
According to Biography, Tina met Ike when she was in her teens. At the time, Ike was the leader of King of Rhythms, at Club Manhattan. The singer did not find him attractive at the beginning but they bonded over the one thing they loved the most, music.
However, their professional relationship soon took a different turn and the singer was head over heels for Ike. While they were a great pair professionally, their personal relationship was not the same. Though they got married and even raised a son together, Tina revealed her life with Ike was a nightmare.
In her autobiography, the singer revealed Ike was an abusive partner. The shocking details revealed an unseen side of their marriage.
According to USA Today, the singer stated, "He threw hot coffee in my face, giving me third-degree burns. He used my nose as a punching bag so many times that I could taste blood running down my throat when I sang. He broke my jaw. And I couldn’t remember what it was like not to have a black eye."
The violence and abuse in the relationship were too unbearable that the singer even decided to end her life. Tina's 2018 memoir, My Love Story, Tina revealed the severity of the abuse. According to People, one such abuse took place after Tina refused to change her name from Anna Mae Bullock to Tina Fisher. Annoyed by her answer, Ike hit her with a wooden shoe stretcher.
Recalling that incident, the singer stated, “I was so shocked I started to cry. Ike ordered me to get on the bed. I hated him at that moment," according to People. As the physical abuse continued, the singer reached a point where she thought dying was a better option than living the way she was.
"At my lowest, I convinced myself that death was my only way out. I actually tried to kill myself. I went to my doctor and told him I was having trouble sleeping. Right after dinner, I took all 50 of [the pills he gave me]. I was unhappy when I woke up. But I came out of the darkness believing I was meant to survive," wrote Tina.
However, Tina's life changed after she mustered the courage to leave the relationship in 1976 after they fought at Dallas hotel. Two years later, Tina divorced Ike, according to the New York Times. Additionally, her introduction to Buddhism allowed her to take control of her life and be more clear of the things she wanted.
Glimpses of Tina's abuse was also captured in her biography, What’s Love Got to Do With It (1993). But, Tina never spoke of it other than through her books. Meanwhile, Ike confessed about the existence of physical abuse in his relationship with Tina. He admitted they used to hit each other his autobiography Takin’ Back My Name: The Confessions of Ike Turner (1999).
When Ike passed away, Tina said, "I don’t know if I could ever forgive all that Ike ever did to me. But Ike’s dead. So we don’t have to worry about him," according to the New York Times.
On the other hand, Tina managed to find love again. She married German music producer, Erwin Bach in 2013 and fortunately, Bach was a gem that helped Tina believe in true love. He stood by her through her sickness and even donated a kidney to her. “I lived through a hellish marriage that almost destroyed me, but I went on. I can look back and understand why my karma was the way it was. Good came out of bad. Joy came out of pain. And I have never been so completely happy as I am today," said the singer about her new life, according to Amo Mama.