In a new documentary, which will be streaming on HBO Max, Tina Turner not only demonstrates how she overcame her painful past in order to find happiness but also shares a touching farewell to fans.
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The feature-length film called Tina gives viewers an inside look at the life of the musical legend. From her early rise to success to battling struggles both in her professional life and her personal life, to her 1980s resurgence where her star power rose to global proportions.
At 81-years-old, after suffering from a stroke, cancer, and receiving a kidney transplant in 2017, the icon shares a goodbye with fans and explains that she’d like to enter her third and final chapter of life without the spotlight cast upon her. The artist reveals that she deals with a form of post-traumatic stress disorder from the domestic abuse she faced from her first husband, Ike Turner.
In the film, Tina expresses, “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”
"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?”
The documentary that debuts on March 27 also gives us insight into when Turner found happiness with her second husband, Erwin Bach. For the first time, we see the couple on camera together discussing their lives.
During the film, Bach tells us about their trip to the US for the Broadway debut of her staged show, The Tina Turner Story. He shares, “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.”
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While Tina has discussed her personal life and careers in autobiographies and biopics, this is the first time she will be on camera sharing a firsthand account of her life. The documentary will serve as a parting gift to her fans around the globe.