Tina Turner has opened up about her turbulent marriage to Ike Turner – and their particularly unconventional wedding night.
The Whats Love Got To Do With It singer endured a notoriously abusive marriage to Ike, the blues singer whom she married in 1962.
In a candid new interview with to promote her new memoir My Love Story, Tina, 78, recalls how she and Ike tied the knot in Tijuana, Mexico when she was aged 22.
However, their wedding night wasnt as she had expected as Tina reveals how she was forced to watch a live sex show at a brothel hours after their nuptials.
Speaking to The Mail on Sundays You magazine, the legendary singer recalled: Guess where we went? To a whorehouse! On my wedding night! The experience was so disturbing that I suppressed it, scratched it out, and created a different scenario, a fantasy of romantic elopement.
People cant imagine the kind of man he was – a man who takes his brand new wife to a live, pornographic sex show right after their marriage ceremony.
There I sat, in this filthy place, watching Ike out of the corner of my eye, wondering, “Does he really like this? How could he?”
Detailing the unpleasant environment, Tina continued: It was so ugly. The male performer was unattractive and seemingly impotent, and the girl… well, lets just say that what was on display was more gynaecological than erotic.
I was miserable the whole time, on the verge of tears, but there was no escape. We couldnt leave until Ike was ready, and he was having a fine time.
Revealing the poor state of their relationship even when getting married, Tina said she didnt want to challenge Ike about visiting the brothel as it might lead to a beating, adding that she didnt want a black eye on [her] wedding day.
The singer continued: I may not have had much experience with weddings, but I knew the occasion was supposed to be emotional and happy. There was none of that at this wedding. Nobody said, “You may kiss the bride”. No toasts. No congratulations. No mention of living happily ever after.
As bad as that was, what came next was even worse. As long as Ike was in down-and-dirty Tijuana, he wanted to have fun, his kind of fun.
By the next day, I was bragging to people, “Guess what? Oh, Ike took me to Tijuana. We got married yesterday!” I convinced myself that I was happy, and I was happy for a brief time, because the idea that I was married actually held meaning for me. For Ike, it was just another transaction.
Tina finally built the courage to leave Ike in 1978 after he hit her for complaining she had gotten chocolate on her white suit.
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Ike died in 2007 at the age of 76. Tina married Erwin Bach in 2013 after 27 years together.
Tinas autobiography, My Love Story, is set to be published on 18 October.
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