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Troubled for years by health complications, legendary singer Tina Turner, 81, now appears to be preparing the world, and her fans especially, for her potential death.
Or at least it seems that way in the upcoming documentary “Tina,” according to OK! magazine, which was able to view it in advance of its March 27th premiere on HBO.
“In the film, Turner and her husband, Erwin Bach make a trip from Switzerland, where they live, to the U.S. for the Broadway premiere of her stage show, The Tina Turner Story, and Bach, 65, reveals on camera that it was a farewell trip,” the magazine reported Tuesday.
“She said, ‘I’m going to America to say goodbye to my American fans and I’ll wrap it up.’ And I think this documentary and the play, this is it — it’s a closure,” Bach reportedly says in the documentary.
Whether it’s meant as a closure of her life or a closure of her career remains unclear.
Watch a trailer of the documentary below:
“Some people say the life that I lived and the performances that I gave, the appreciation, is blasting with the people. And yeah, I should be proud of that. I am. But when do you stop being proud? I mean, when do you, how do you bow out slowly? Just go away?” she reportedly says in the full documentary.
The singer’s life has been wrought with suffering, some – though not all of it – health-related. She reportedly currently suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder because of the abuse she suffered from her first husband, Ike Turker.
“It wasn’t a good life. The good did not balance the bad. I had an abusive life, there’s no other way to tell the story. It’s a reality. It’s a truth. That’s what you’ve got, so you have to accept it,” she reportedly says in the film.
Her post-Ike life was just as traumatic.
“In 2013, three weeks after her wedding to Bach, she suffered a stroke and had to learn to walk again. In 2016, she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer,” according to OK! magazine.
“The 12-time Grammy Award winner opted for homeopathic remedies to treat her high blood pressure that resulted in damage to her kidneys and eventual kidney failure. Her chances of receiving a kidney were low, and so Bach offered to donate one of his.”
She wound up undergoing kidney transplant surgery on April 7th, 2017. Prior to the surgery, she’d reportedly been so under the weather that she’d considered using euthanasia — which is legal in Switzerland, where she’s been a citizen since 2013 — to escape the pain.
“It wasn’t my idea of life but the toxins in my body had started taking over. I couldn’t eat. I was surviving, but not living. I began to think about death. If my kidneys were going, and it was time for me to die, I could accept that, it was OK. When it’s time, it’s really time,” she reportedly revealed in her 2018 memoir, “My Love Story.”
NEW RELEASE: Born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennessee, Tina Turner’s career has spanned over 60 years. In “My Love Story,” the rock-and-roll queen sets the story straight about breaking barriers and overcoming personal challenges. #tinaturner #barbarasbookstore #autobiography pic.twitter.com/iIy8aZhg1e
— Barbara’s Bookstore (@barbarasbooks) October 16, 2018
According to the New York Post, which also reviewed the film in advance of its premiere, a part of it is dedicated to the cruelty she experienced at the hands of her own family.
“Her mother, Zelma, suffered domestic abuse at the hands of her father, Floyd Bullock, before they both abandoned her as a child. Even when Tina was reunited with her mother when she was a superstar, Zelma was cold and unloving,” according to the Post.
“Mom was not kind. When I became a star, of course back then she was happy because I bought her a house. I did all kinds of things for her, she was my mother. I was trying to make her comfortable because she didn’t have a husband, she was alone, but she still didn’t like me,” Turner reportedly says in the documentary.
“Even after I became Tina, Ma was still a little bit like, ‘Who did that?’ and ‘Who did this?’ And I said, ‘I did that, Mom!’ I was happy to show my mother what I did. I had a house, I had got a car, and she said, ‘No, I don’t believe it. No, you’re my daughter, no you didn’t!’ She didn’t want me, she didn’t want to be around me, even though she wanted my success. But I did for her as if she loved me,” Turner said.
A part of the documentary is also dedicated to Tina Turner’s birth, per se, for she was originally named Anna Mae Bullock. However, she transformed into Tina Turner as part of her act and so fell in love with the name that, even after her divorce from Ike and marriage to another man, she kept all of it.
If someone had told me as a little girl that one day, I would be a role model for women around the globe, I wouldn’t have believed it. Every day I receive messages from brave women who tell me their stories. I am so proud of each and every one of you! Happy #WomensDay, ladies! pic.twitter.com/Z6DddS5aYW
— TinaTurner (@LoveTinaTurner) March 8, 2021
This despite the fact that just the mere thought of Ike still gives her nightmares, according to Erwin.
“She has dreams about it, they’re not pleasant. It’s like when soldiers come back from the war. It’s not an easy time to have those in your memory and then try to forget,” he reportedly said in the film.
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