Tina Turner, 81, Bids Farewell To Her Fans In Tear-Jerking Documentary Amid Health Crisis

Tina Turner, 81, Bids Farewell To Her Fans In Tear-Jerking Documentary Amid Health Crisis

In the feature-length documentary titled Tina, the 81-year-old looks back at her days of youth for the first time on camera.

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Legendary singer Tina Turner has bid farewell to her fans all around the world through a tear-jerking new film that shows the painful past she had to overcome in order to finally find happiness. In the feature-length documentary titled Tina, the 81-year-old looks back at her days of youth for the first time on camera. It takes the audience through a roller coaster of emotions as we see the music icon looking and reflecting upon her life which was filled with pain and struggle in the beginning, before finally finding global stardom and true love as a middle-aged woman, reports Mirror.


The emotional film comes at a time when the star is plagued by her ill health and thus has not appeared on stage for 10 years now. She suffered a stroke and fought cancer as well as kidney failure leading to her needing a transplant in 2017. In the documentary, the What's Love Got to Do with It singer shares how she wants to live the third and final chapter of her life out of the spotlight. She also tells her viewers about having a form of post-traumatic stress disorder that stemmed from the domestic abuse she suffered at the hands of her first husband, Ike Turner. 


"It wasn’t a good life. The good did not balance the bad," said Tina reflecting upon her past. "I had an abusive life, there’s no other way to tell the story. It’s a reality. It’s a truth. That’s what you’ve got, so you have to accept it." Tina was born to an impoverished family in Tennessee and her mother who suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her father disliked her immensely. "Mom was not kind. When I became a star, of course back then she was happy because I bought her a house. I did all kinds of things for her, she was my mother," she shared heartbreakingly. "I was trying to make her comfortable because she didn’t have a husband, she was alone, but she still didn’t like me."


Coming from cruelty and violence-filled childhood could explain why Tina initially put up with the mental and physical torture Ike put her through. After years of being subjected to psychological torture and beatings, the singer finally filed for divorce in 1976 but it was harder than she had imagined as they has a son Ronnie and she had adopted two of Ike's kids- Ike Jr. and Michael- from his previous relationship as well as had one of her own- Craig- from a previous relationship. According to New York Post, she opened up about still having nightmares of being beaten up by her husband. For years she suffered in silence but it was forgiveness that finally helped her to be at peace with her relationship with Ike, who passed away due to an accidental drug overdose in 2007.


"For a long time I did hate Ike, I have to say that. But then, after he died, I really realized that he was an ill person...It hurts to have to remember those times, but at a certain stage forgiveness takes over, forgiving means not having to hold on."

“I was letting go because it only hurts you. By not forgiving, you suffer, because you think about it over and over. And for what?" she shared. Then came the 80s and Tina broke away from the Ike-Tina duo and reinvented herself as a successful solo artist. She even appeared with Mel Gibson in an action movie Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. Having bagged dozens of Grammys, she got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


But at the peak of her success, she was very lonely. This changed when she met German record producer Bach. It was love at first sight for both but they didn't marry until 2013. "He had the prettiest face. It was like, ‘Where did he come from?’ He was so good-looking. My heart went ba-bum," recalls Tina. As her relationship blossomed, Tina began winding up her recording career and released her last album at the age of 59 in 1999. Her final performance was in 2009. At the age of 80, last year, she returned briefly to record and collaborate with producer Kygo for a dance reinvention of her 1984 anthem, What’s Love Got To Do With It.


Now, Tina spends her days with Back in Switzerland but she still hasn't outrun the tragedy in her life. Her son Craig tragically died by suicide in 2018. "My saddest moment as a mother. He was 59 when he died so tragically, but he will always be my baby," she said. Then came the kidney transplant, with Bach being the donor. Despite the risks of the surgery, the two went through with the surgery and still remain madly in love with each other. "It’s something we both have for each other. I always refer to it as an electrical charge. I still have it," said Bach. The new film gives the audience a glimpse of the beautiful house the couple has on the edge of Lake Zurich and the happy life they are spending with each other. 

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