Tina Turner Escaped Abusive Ex Ike & Is Thriving In Her 80s

Sep 29, 2022 by apost team

Tina Turner is one of our time's most recognized and celebrated music artists, and we are sure that her five-decades-long, highly successful career will be remembered for years to come as well.

Tina was born on Nov. 26, 1939, in Brownsville, Tennessee. She grew up as the youngest daughter in her family with two older sisters, Evelyn Juanita Currie and Ruby Alline Bullock – the latter was a songwriter. Tina grew up in a tumultuous household but was fortunate enough to find a love for music at an early age. However, she was not able to pursue it until around the time she was graduating from high school in the late 1950s.

During her childhood, Tina moved around quite a bit from home to home. She lived with her grandparents for some time before moving yet again. After her parents divorced and her father moved to a different state, Tina moved again. Sadly, the hopeful singer didn't have much stability growing up, and it seems like some of this stayed with her in later years when she entered her relationship with her first husband. Although the relationship didn't work for many serious reasons, the music they produced together was magical. Once Tina teamed up with her first husband, Ike Turner, it was evident that she was going to go far in the music industry. The pair released several hits during their time together, including "It's Gonna Work Out Fine," "River Deep – Mountain High," "Proud Mary," and "Nutbush City Limits."

And even though Ike and Tina didn't work out, Tina still proved that she had what it takes to be a long-time star. Now in her 80s, the award-winning singer has shown no signs of slowing down. 

Tina Turner, Ike Turner (1975), (Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Even though Ike and Tina didn't work out, Tina still proved that she had what it takes to be a long-time star. She had an outstanding comeback during the 1980s with yet even more hits and chart-topping songs. 

On top of that, Tina also proved that her talents went well beyond music, as the star acted in a handful of films, including "Tommy," "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome," and "Last Action Hero." She also released the biopic "What's Love Got to Do With," adapted from the content of her autobiography "I, Tina: My Life Story." Her life was also used as the inspiration for the jukebox musical "Tina" in 2018.

It's not surprising that Tina is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time, having received a long list of awards and accolades over her impressive career. She has received several Grammy Awards, including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She also was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice – once as a duet partner with Ike in 1991 and again in 2021 as a solo artist.

Country music artist Keith Urban and R&B singer H.E.R. teamed up for a performance of "It's Only Love," while rising country music star Mickey Guyton performed "What's Love Got to Do with It." Vocal powerhouse and overall legend Christina Aguilera performed one of Tina's most well-known songs, "River Deep – Mountain High."

Icon Tina has continued to be honored by many of her peers and recognized as a true legend by fans and critics alike.


Tina Turner (1987), (© Richard Olivier/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

With Turner having turned 82 in November of 2021, the star has shown no signs of slowing down in her career. When she turned 80, she shared this message with the world, "I look great, I feel good, I've gone through some very serious sicknesses that I'm overcoming- so it's like having a second chance at life," she said

Several other celebrities celebrated the icon turning 80 as well. Her long-time friend and singer, Cher, posted a picture on Twitter and said, "​​HAPPY BIRTHDAY 


Rap artist Missy Elliot also gave the internationally known singer a happy birthday wish, @LoveTinaTurner We Celebrate your 80th today! It's so IMPORTANT for us to KNOW OUR HISTORY in music because of artist like #TinaTurner," she wrote in part. 

Back in November of 2019, the star had a broadway musical launched after her name, "Tina." and was booked all the way through June 2022. Since hitting the big stage, the musical has been nominated for 12 Tony Awards. When the musical started, Tina shared, "This musical is my life but it's like poison that turned to medicine…I can never be as happy as I am now," according to CNN

Fans and followers can keep up with Turner through her very popular Instagram account of over 800,000 followers. The icon posts throwback pictures, videos, as well as projects that she is up to. 

Tina Turner, Erwin Bach (2018), (Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)

Can you believe that Tina Turner is in her 80s?! She is still just as gorgeous and spry as ever! If you are a fan of this icon— make sure to pass the article on to family and friends who love her too!

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