Ike and Tina Turner's relationship timeline: From an abusive marriage to divorce, here is everything to know

Ike and Tina Turner's marriage was famously known to be volatile. Tina Turner even accused her first husband of severe abuse including physical and emotional.

Updated on May 25, 2023  |  07:34 PM IST |  1.2M
Ike and Tina Turner
Ike and Tina Turner
Key Highlight
  • Tina and Ike Turner's marriage is well documented with the former accusing him of severe abuse
  • Ike and Tina Turner welcomed their son, Ronnie Turner, in October 1960
  • This abusive marriage continued till 1976 when Tina filed for divorce after a violent incident

The ‘Queen of Rock and Roll’ Tina Turner’s first marriage to Ike Turner was not exactly known as a happy marriage. Though the couple was married for quite some time, their union was famously known to be volatile with Tina accusing Ike of severe abuse. Tina Turner and Ike Turner even welcomed a son together before parting ways in 1978.

Here is everything to know about Tina Turner and Ike Turner’s relationship timeline.

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Tina Turner and Ike Turner’s relationship timeline

1.   Tina Turner and Ike Turner’s marriage

Reportedly, Ike and Tina first met at Club Manhattan in 1957 when the latter was still a teenager. Their entanglement was not simple because when Ike started his affair with Tina he was still married to Lorraine Taylor. Meanwhile, Tina got pregnant by saxophonist Raymond Hill during her senior year of high school.

The couple formed Ike and Tina Turner Revue and moved to Los Angeles. They reportedly got married in Mexico, but Ike said that it was a common-law marriage.  

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2.   Ike abused Tina during their marriage

Ike and Tina Turner’s volatile marriage is well-documented. In her written account in I Tina: My Life Story, the Queen of Rock and Roll said that when she first wanted to leave Ike, he reacted by bashing her head in a wooden shoe stretcher. This incident scared Tina to a great deal and as the relationship continued, so did the abuse. Ike used to punch her and even gave Tina third-degree burns.

In her 2018 memoir, Tina Turner also revealed that intimacy was like a form of hostility especially when it started and ended with a beating.

3.   Tina Turner and Ike Turner’s child

Ike and Tina Turner welcomed their son, Ronnie Turner in October 1960. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2022 due to colon cancer.

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4.   Tina Turner and Ike Turner’s divorce

This abusive marriage continued till 1976 when Tina Turner officially filed for divorce after a violent incident. The divorce was finalized in 1978 and both went on to remarry.

Ike Turner passed away at the age of 76 in December 2007 with an autopsy revealing a cocaine overdose as the cause of death. Tina Turner passed away on May 24, 2023, at the age of 86.

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How old was Tina Turner when she died?
Legendary singer Tina Turner has died after a long illness, her family said in a statement on Wednesday. She was 83.

How did Tina Turner passed?
She died peacefully after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, her representative said.

Did Tina Turner have a child?
Tina Turner had four children.

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