Tina Turner's Dramatic Escape and Triumphant Return

By Sophia Maddox | May 29, 2023

Ike Turner Harassed Her After Their Separation, 1977

The legendary Tina Turner, renowned for her explosive voice and electrifying stage presence, did not always bask in the spotlight's warm glow. In the heart of her story lies a harrowing struggle - one where she faced the daunting challenge of an abusive relationship and a fight for personal and professional freedom.

Our gallery takes you through the various stages of her journey, presenting a poignant exploration of her life off-stage. We begin with Tina's early years with Ike Turner, a chapter marked by both professional growth and personal turmoil. Tina's story serves as a testament to the indomitable spirit of a woman who refused to be defined by her circumstances. She was a beacon of resilience, strength, and unstoppable talent: Miss Tina Turner! 

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Tina's separation with Ike Turner unfortunately wasn't quite the end of his attempts to keep control of her. Apparently Ike would send men to harass her and even shoot at her house to scare her and their children. 

Another night, they actually shot into the house. We were so scared that Rhoda slept in the boys’ room and I slept in the closet because the room had a skylight and I was afraid there would be more shooting.

The divorce was finalized in March 1978. 

Tina Turner Was Born Anna Mae Lubbock, 1939

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Tina Turner was born as Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939, in the small town of Nutbush, Tennessee. When she was still a young girl, both of her parents, Zelma and Floyd Bullock, left town, leaving Tina and her sisters to be raised by their grandmother in Brownsville, Tennessee. Sadly, her grandmother died when Tina was 16, and so Tina ended up reuniting with her mother despite their strained relationship. They lived together in St. Louis, Missouri, which was where Tina's music career was launched.