Tina Turner Details Sex Life and Abuse from Ike Turner in Forthcoming Memoir: “Sex with Ike Had Become an Expression of Hostility”
In her newest memoir, Rock and Roll legend Tina Turner gets even grittier and gruesome about the turbulent marriage between her and her late ex-husband, Ike Turner. If you don’t know, singers Ike and Tina Turner were an iconic husband-and-wife duo during the ’60s and ’70s. After Tina’s departure, she soon rose to stardom as a solo artist and made an impactive name for herself.
But although the Tennessee-bred songbird’s exit may have seemed like a business move to some, for her, it was an escape to mental and emotional freedom. For years, Tina has been very vocal about the verbal and physical abuse she endured from Ike, but now, rather than saying it, she’s putting it all on paper… again.
When detailing her relationship with the deceased musician, she reveals that making love with him actually didn’t feel like an act of intimacy at all; instead, it felt like rape. Her 1993 biopic film, What’s Love Got to Do with It, starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburn, even briefly depicted the uncomfortable intercourse Tina experienced.
“Sex with Ike had become an expression of hostility–a kind of rape–especially when it began or ended with a beating,” she says in an excerpt of the book.
Tina then alludes to Ike’s extensive cocaine usage being the reason behind it.
“What had been ugly and hateful between us before became worse with every snort of cocaine,” she admits. “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.”
A cry for help didn’t seem to do any good though, she explains, later confessing that Ike’s abuse only strengthened and continued.
“The people closest to us saw what was happening, but they couldn’t stop him. Any attempt to help me would make him more violent.”
In an interview with music magazine Spin, Ike didn’t deny Tina’s previous claims throughout the years either.
“Yeah, I hit her, but I didn’t hit her more than the average guy beats his wife. If she says I abused her, maybe I did,” he told the publication. But his 1999 memoir, “Taking Back My Name,” stated something slightly different. “Sure, I’ve slapped Tina. There have been times when I punched her to the ground without thinking, but I have never beat her,” it read.
Ike and Tina Turner wedded in 1962 in Tijuana. Jointly, the controversial couple shared one child, Ronald, and Ike’s children, Michael and Ike Jr, who Tina later adopted and raised as her own. Coming into their union, Tina already had a son named Raymond, also known as Craig, from a prior relationship with Ike’s Kings of Rhythm bandmate and saxophonist, Raymond Hill.
Though Ike and Tina parted ways in 1976, she still tried to remain present in his sons’ lives, despite the nastiness surrounding her and Ike’s breakup.
In 1985, she met German music executive Erwin Bach while attending a record label party in London. It wasn’t long before the pair began dating, and they’ve been together ever since. After a 27-year romantic partnership, July of 2013, Tina and Erwin finally married in Switzerland, where they currently reside.
However, this hasn’t necessarily been a good year for Tina. Last Summer, her eldest son, Raymond, committed suicide at the age of 59. It was reported that his sudden death was due to a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Turner.
“Tina Turner: My Love Story” is set to hit the shelves on October 16th.
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