Tina Turner turned 82 last year:
Even at 83 years old, there’s still something electrifying about rock n’ roll legend Tina Turner. With a long, impressive list of iconic hits and international successes, the singer has undeniably left her mark with her 5-decade-long career. She didn’t always have it easy, however, experiencing many hardships and hurdles along the way. We’re taking a look back at the remarkable life of the iconic musician and what she’s been up to these days, eleven years after she retired.
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Tina Turner (1964) (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Born Anna Mae Bullock in 1939, Turner had lived a somewhat comfortable life as a child, with her parents, Floyd and Zelma Bullock, both sharecroppers, able to provide a substantial home for the family and always had food on the table. According to Turner, her mother and father were both ‘church people,’ well-spoken, and neat. But at home, they were struggling with a tumultuous marriage.
“My mother and father didn’t love each other, so they were always fighting,” Turner told the Rolling Stone in a 1986 interview. Her mother would up and leave and take Turner and her sister, Alline, along, but would eventually return when her husband came around and convinced her to make it work. However, one day, her mother left – this time leaving her girls behind – and never came back. Turner was just ten years old at the time. That experience left her feeling hurt, although, as she explains, moreso because she felt unloved rather than because her mother had left.
“I was different, because I’ve always been a loner,” she explained. “It mattered that she’d left – but it also didn’t matter. What I simply missed was that she didn’t love me.”