Tina Turner was living in poverty and fearing for her life after her split from Ike - until twist of fate transformed her into the biggest female rock icon of all, as she reveals in her own words
in the first extract from her enthralling new biography on Saturday, the Queen of rock 'n' roll Tina Turner told how her life was saved by a new kidney — donated by her husband. Today, she tells how after divorcing her violent, cheating first husband Ike, she rebuilt her career with a little help from some very famous fans... (Taken from the UK Daily Mail paper)
This was it: the day my husband Ike and I finally faced each other in a judge's chambers. At 39, I was about to win my freedom.
Not that there was much else to celebrate. I'd been left with two sons and two stepsons, nowhere to live, horrendous debts and a singing career — now that I was no longer part of the Ike and Tina Turner Revue — that was all but dead in the water.
'Young lady, what do you want?' the judge asked me, as Ike gave me threatening looks.
When I mentioned that I'd left some jewellery behind, Ike snapped: 'There's no jewellery.' I could see where this was going: he was planning to spin out the divorce. 'Forget the jewellery,' I told the judge. 'Forget everything. It's only blood money. I want nothing.'
Actually there was just one thing: my own name. I'd been born Anna Mae Bullock, but it was Ike who'd come up with 'Tina Turner' when we first started performing — and he still owned the name as a trademark.
To my relief, the judge ruled in my favour. So I walked out of that courtroom with just my name. Oh, and two Jaguars — cars that had been given to me personally.