It was her voice and her moves that gave Tina Turner a five-decade career as one of the biggest stars in rock music, selling more than 200 million records. And the tale of the suffering and triumph of her life off-stage, famously chronicled in the Oscar-nominated film “What’s Love Got To Do With It,” has endeared her to millions.
Turner is a citizen of Switzerland now, and at 78 she’s published a new memoir, “My Love Story” (Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, a division of CBS). It’s a book she admits she had to be convinced to write.
The years since her retirement have tested Turner in new ways. Her son, Craig, took his life in July.
Tina said, “I think Craig was lonely, that’s what I think really got him more than anything else. I have pictures all around of him smiling, and I think I’m sensing that he’s in a good place. I really do.”
She has endured a stroke, intestinal cancer and kidney failure. When she needed a new kidney, her husband, Erwin, offered one of his. “And I said, ‘Yes, but darling, you’re young and I’m already old. And I don’t mind.’ In Buddhism, you’re taught that you live and you die. It’s something that’s accepted. And so then after Erwin said that, I said, ‘Okay darling, if you’re willing to give up a kidney, then fine.'”
When asked if there is anything more in life that she wants, Turner replied. “No. I have everything. When I sit at the Lake Zurich in the house that I have, I am so serene. No problems. I had a very hard life. But I didn’t put blame on anything or anyone. I got through it, I lived through it with no blame. And I’m a happy person.”
SOURCE: ANNETA KONSTANTINIDES