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The late ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’, Tina Turner, had an infamously tumultuous and abusive relationship with her first husband Ike Turner. 

In Tina’s 1986 autobiography, I, Tina: My Life Story, the soul singer shared that she suffered physical abuse throughout her 16 year marriage to Ike that pushed her to attempted suicide. 

The pair, who made up the R&B duo Ike and Tina Turner Revue, divorced in 1978. Their volatile relationship has been the focus of productions such as the 1993 film, What’s Love Got to Do With It and the 2018 West End musical, Tina

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Tina Turner divorced Ike Turner in 1978, later alleging he was abusive (Getty)

Since their split, both Tina and Ike remarried and publicly discussed the allegations of abuse before Ike’s death in 2007. 

Here, we take a look back at how the ill-fated duo met, their musical success and Tina’s inspiring legacy of standing up against abuse.

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How Tina first met Ike

The pair first met in 1957 at a club in St Louis, Missouri when Tina was just 16 years old. 

Still in high school, Tina had just moved to the city when she came across Ike’s band, Kings of Rhythm, performing at the nightclub. 

At the time, Ike was in a relationship with Lorraine Taylor when Tina began occasionally performing with the band. 

Tina would go on to become a permanent fixture, forming the musical duo act, Ike and Tina Turner Revue.

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Born Anna Mae Bullock, Tina officially changed her name to ‘Tina Turner’ at Ike’s bequest after previously going by the stage name, ‘Little Ann’.

The pair then formed the R&B duo, Ike and Tina Turner Revue, where Tina first wowed audiences with her show-stopping voice as the act’s lead singer. 

They released their first album in 1961 and found international success after opening for the Rolling Stones on their British tour leg in 1966 and later their American tour in 1969.

Ike and Tina Turner in Paris in Paris, France in August 1975.
Ike and Tina Turner in Paris, France in August 1975. (Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

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Their first hit track was none other than Tina’s rendition of Proud Mary which won the duo a Grammy Award for best R&B vocal performance by a group. 

Ike and Tina went on to produce 21 albums with hits including River Deep Mountain High, Bold Soul Sister and It’s Gonna Work Out Fine. 

A volatile marriage

After becoming pregnant with their first and only child, Ronnie Turner, Tina reportedly married Ike when she was 22-years-old in 1962 in Tijuana, Mexico. 

Tina adopted Ike’s two children from his previous relationship while Ike adopted Tina’s son Craig Hill. 

After 16 years together, Tina filed for divorce in 1976, citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their split. The divorce was finalised two years later, with the pair going their separate ways both personally and musically. 

In her 1986 autobiography I, Tina: My Life Story, a decade after her divorce, Tina revealed Ike had frequently abused and cheated on her, which led to a suicide attempt.

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A 1965 promotional portrait of Husband-and-wife R&B duo, Ike & Tina Turner. Ike is holding an acoustic guitar. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images) (Supplied)

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“I had an abusive life, there’s no other way to tell the story,” Tina stated in her 2021 documentary, Tina

In her 2018 memoir, My Love Story, the singer detailed how Ike would beat her head with a “wooden shoe stretcher” and burn her with scalding coffee. 

“Our life together was a mockery of a ‘normal’ relationship: defined by abuse and fear, not love, or even affection.”

Ike spoke out publicly in response to Tina’s allegations, admitting in his 1999 memoir, Takin’ Back My Name: The Confessions of Ike Turner, that he had “slapped” and “punched” her. 

Tina told the Sunday Times in 2018 that while she had forgiven Ike decades later, she would “not work with him” ever again. 

Before dying from a cocaine overdose in 2007, where Turner did not attend his funeral, Ike revealed he had written Tina an apology letter that he never sent. 

Tina’s inspiring legacy of ‘hope’ for survivors of abuse

On May 24th, 2023, the ‘Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’ died at the age of 83 after suffering a longtime illness. 

The songstress’ death has brought a wave of star-studded tributes flooding in, praising Tina’s inspiring legacy for fellow survivors of domestic abuse. 

Former Spice Girls’ member, Melanie Janine Brown, aka ‘Scary Spice’, posted to Instagram to share how Tina’s death was “personally” devastating to her following Mel B’s allegations of abuse against ex-husband Stephen Belafonte. 

“She did the impossible she left him she survived she got away, and gave ALL survivors like me hope”, Brown wrote. 

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Tina Turner, Oprah Winfrey during “The Color Purple” Opening on Broadway at Broadway Theater in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/FilmMagic) (FilmMagic)

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Oprah Winfrey, who has spoken previously about her childhood trauma as a survivor of sexual assault, also released a tribute praising her longtime friend Tina Turner for being a “clarion call for triumph” after claiming her “freedom” from abuse. 

“I’m grateful for her courage, for showing us what victory looks like wearing Manolo’s and a leather miniskirt”, Winfrey said. 

If you or someone you know is in need of support contact 1800RESPECT on 1800 732 732 or Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on 1800 198 024. In an emergency dial Triple Zero (000).

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Bill Cosby faces new lawsuit from woman who claims he assaulted her in 1969

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A former Playboy model who alleges Bill Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her and another woman at his home in 1969 sued him Thursday under a new California law that suspends the statute of limitations on sex abuse claims.

In her lawsuit, Victoria Valentino, 80, says she was an actress and singer 54 years ago, when she met Cosby, now 85. The comedian and actor later approached her at a Los Angeles cafe, where he spotted her crying over the recent drowning death of her 6-year-old son.

The Associated Press does not identify people who say they have been sexually assaulted unless they come forward publicly.

Cosby offered to pay for a spa treatment for Valentino and a friend, and then sent a chauffeured car to pick the women up for dinner. That evening at a steakhouse, Cosby gave them each a pill, she said in the court filing.

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“Here! Take this!” the lawsuit alleges Cosby said to them. “It will make you feel better. It will make us ALL feel better.”

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Cosby then drove the women to his house, where Valentino passed out on a couch, and later woke up and witnessed him sexually assaulting her unnamed friend, according to the lawsuit. The court documents allege Cosby then “engaged in forced sexual intercourse” with Valentino while she was incapacitated from the drug.

Valentino’s allegations come on the heels of lawsuits last year by six Cosby accusers in New York under a similar provision known as a “lookback” law that allows adults to file sexual abuse cases for allegations that had fallen outside the statute of limitations.

The former “Cosby Show” star, who has been accused of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment by at least 60 women, has denied all allegations involving sex crimes. He was the first celebrity tried and convicted in the #MeToo era — and spent nearly three years at a state prison near Philadelphia before a higher court threw out the conviction and released him in 2021.

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His spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt, said Thursday that Valentino’s lawsuit lacks “any proof or facts” and that so-called lookback laws violate constitutional rights aimed at protecting crime victims and “those that are accused of a crime.”

“What graveyard can Mr. Cosby visit, in order to dig up potential witnesses to testify on his behalf?” Wyatt asked in a statement. “America is continuing to see that this is a formula to make sure that no more Black Men in America accumulate the American Dream that was secured by Mr. Cosby.”

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The lawsuit in LA County Superior Court was filed nearly two years after Cosby left prison when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his 2018 sexual assault conviction. They found he gave incriminating testimony in a deposition about the encounter only after believing he had immunity from prosecution. The trial judge and an intermediate appeals court had found no evidence of such immunity.

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Earlier this year, a Los Angeles jury awarded $500,000 to a woman who said Cosby sexually abused her at the Playboy Mansion when she was a teenager in 1975.

Seven other accusers received a settlement from Cosby’s insurers in the wake of the Pennsylvania conviction over a defamation lawsuit they had filed in Massachusetts. Their lawsuit said that Cosby and his agents disparaged them in denying their allegations of abuse.

Valentino’s lawsuit requests a jury trial and seeks unspecified punitive damages.

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Read Now: "She Was So Rude, My Family Is No Longer Allowed To Listen To Her Music": 34 Of The Absolute Best And Worst Celebrities People Have Ever Met – 101 Latest News



"She Was So Rude, My Family Is No Longer Allowed To Listen To Her Music": 34 Of The Absolute Best And Worst Celebrities People Have Ever Met

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ABSOLUTE DREAM: “My story is that I was actually horrible to a celebrity. In the ’70s, I was obsessed with Donny and Marie. They were playing at our state fair that year. My dad tried to get tickets, but it was sold out. He took us to the fair anyway. A few times we could hear the music, which infuriated me at 7 years old. When we were leaving, my dad had to stop the car because there was a big crowd of people. As they cleared to let us through, two people popped their heads in the car window to apologize. It was Donny and Marie. I refused to believe it was really them, and I told Marie, ‘You’re not Marie. She’s a lot prettier than you.’ My family was horrified.”

“Marie laughed it off. Then, she smiled that famous smile and I said, ‘It IS you! You are the prettiest woman in the world.’ She said, ‘Well that makes up for your first comment.’ They apologized again for the crowd blocking the road, got on their tour bus, and left. I got grounded for two weeks. Sorry, Marie.”


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Kim Cattrall Joins And Just Like That Amid Feud Rumors

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And then there were also rumors of a fallout between Cattrall and Parker, who has denied that the two are in a feud.

“There is not a ‘fight’ going on,” Parker, 58, told The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast last June. “There has been no public dispute or spat or conversations or allegations made by me or anybody on my behalf.”

While Cattrall was absent for AJLT‘s first season, writers kept her character in the show through text exchanges with her now-estranged friend Carrie Bradshaw (Parker). In the season one finale, Carrie reached out to Samantha, who now lives in London, to meet up.

“It’s odd, isn’t it?” Cattrall told Variety of the writers’ decision to keep Samantha in the storyline. “I don’t know how to feel about it.”

And Just Like That… returns to Max on June 22. For now, keep reading for more details about the second season.

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