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Tina Turner Reveals Harrowing Night She Survived Ike Turner’s Abuse: ‘I Was Living a Life of Death’ (Exclusive)

The late singer told People in a 1981 Bombshell interview, “I wasn’t afraid of him being killed when I went in, because I was already dead.”

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Tina Turner She said that when she was married she felt like she “didn’t exist”. ike turner,

In a bombshell interview with PEOPLE from December 1981, the legendary singer, who died on wednesday after prolonged illness at the age of 83, spoke for the first time about her abusive marriage to ike And how did she get away with it.

Tina said, ‘I was living the life of death. “I was not present. When I left I was not afraid of being killed by him, because I was already dead. When I went out, I did not look back.”

She said she felt like “just a shadow” during her Ike and Tina Turner Revue success in the mid-1960s, telling People, “Ike took care of everything—the sound, the band, hiring people, management and money” when she was expected to do things like make breakfast for the band at 4 a.m.

Later in their marriage, Tina finds strength in studying and practicing Buddhism. But Ike’s physical abuse only intensified.

“When Ike saw me chant,” she said, “his nerves came out in his face. He didn’t want to hear about anything that would give me power.”

Ike can be “very loving,” Tina said — but it didn’t come without strings. “He helped a lot of people in trouble. But you gave him your life. He didn’t give freely,” she told People.

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Connected: Tina Turner credits David Bowie for saving her career after ‘humiliating’ marriage to Ike Turner

eight times grammy winner and ike, who death by cocaine overdose Married in 1962, divorced 16 years later, in December 2007. she went on to marry another husband erwin bach in 2013, after 27 years together,

Tina made her escape with Ike on July 1, 1976, while the pair were on tour, staying at the Statler Hilton in Dallas. Ike beat her “all the way from the airport to the hotel,” Tina recalled to People. “By the time we got to the hotel, the left side of my face was swollen like a monster.”

At the hotel, Tina said, “I massaged her and said, ‘Can I get you some food, honey?’ Then she made the mistake of sleeping in.” With only 36 cents in her pocket and a Mobil credit card in her wallet, Tina crossed the freeway in the dark of night to another hotel.

“I didn’t time the car. I was running on the freeway and this big truck was coming and it (honked the horn). It felt like it was over me and I thought, ‘Okay, I’m not going to try that again. ,'” she added about the tragic exodus that took place during 2017. on appearance the jonathan ross show,

Despite the enormous risk, Tina never looked back, saying on the show: “It was time to take no more. There was constant swearing, other things going on, no control, no freedom, that’s it.” It was the same, the same this and the violence. You just get fed up and you say, ‘If I am going to be in this situation then life is not worth living.’ ,

A friend buys her a plane ticket out of L.A. and Ike’s life. “I felt proud,” Tina told People. “I felt stronger.”

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great singer He died on Wednesday after a long illness at his home near Zurich in Switzerland, his publicist Bernard Doherty confirmed in a statement.

Tina Turner, the “Queen of Rock ‘n Roll” has passed away peacefully today at the age of 83 After a long illness at his home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland. With him, the world has lost a music legend and a role model,” the statement read.

It continued, “There will be a private funeral ceremony attended by close friends and family. Please respect the privacy of his family during this difficult time.”

Tina is survived by husband Bach, 67, and sons Ike Turner Jr. and Michael Turner, she was dead before the sons Ronnie Turner And Craig Raymond Turner,

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