We all remember belting out ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ with Tina Turner. Her powerful vocals will live on in everyone’s minds. The well-known singer behind numerous hits has had an eventful life. And, more recently, has experienced some health issues…
Tina Turner is a well-known singer who is well-known for her powerful vocals. Due to health and personal reasons, the mega-star has slowed down in recent years. Her husband, Erwin Bach, has been unwaveringly supportive throughout.
However, this was not always the case. Tina Turner’s last name is derived from her first husband, Ike Turner. Tina met Ike at a Manhattan nightclub, and the two have been practically inseparable since their first meeting.
They started making music together at first, but their relationship quickly became more personal. Tina and Ike married in Tijuana, Mexico, a few years after their first meeting.
While their marriage appeared to be picture-perfect on the outside, it was crumbling on the inside. Tina revealed in her book ‘My Love Story’ years later that the marriage was abusive, both physically and verbally. She described Ike’s temperament and how he would become physically abusive whenever he felt Tina had insulted him in any way.
The abuse continued for years until Tina decided enough was enough and divorced Ike in 1976. She officially divorced him two years later.
Following this, the mega-star was determined to remain single. Until she happened to meet Erwin Bach by chance.
Tina met Erwin when his company assigned him to pick her up from the airport. Tina was about to perform in Germany when she met her now-husband, a 30-year-old EMI music executive.
Tina later recalled that it drew her in right away. “He had the most beautiful face,” she said. It was impossible to overlook. My heart skipped a beat. It denotes the meeting of two souls. My hands were trembling. And when Roger said to me, ‘Tina, you ride with Erwin,’ I wanted to shout, ‘Yay!’”
She admitted to having doubts, telling her that romance never ends well. But she ignored all of that and made an effort to get to know Erwin better.
Tina invited Erwin to visit her in the United States, which he accepted. Tina was convinced Erwin was the one when the couple met in her part of the world. His unpretentious and laid-back demeanor endeared him to the singer.
The couple is still very much in love today. Erwin said to the media, “It’s love. It’s something we both have for each other. I always refer to it as an electrical charge. I still have it. Even though when I left her two hours ago, I still have that feeling. It’s in my heart. I feel very warm about this.”
Erwin decided to propose to Tina on her 50th birthday. He was expecting a positive response but was surprised when the songstress declined, citing her bad marriage experience as the reason
Tina later said of the proposal, “I said, ‘I don’t have an answer.’ It wasn’t yes, it wasn’t no. Marriage says ownership. I didn’t want that ‘my’ anything, anymore. I had enough of that.”
However, Erwin and Tina’s love did not waver, and the two continued on. Erwin’s unwavering commitment persuaded the singer to try marriage for the second time, and she accepted his proposal nearly three decades after the initial question.
The couple married on their lavish estate in Switzerland. Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King were among those in attendance at the wedding.
Tina looked stunning in a Giorgio Armani gown adorned with Swarovski crystals. Tina was overjoyed with the ceremony and stated that it had gone exactly as she had hoped.
The couple lives in their lovely home in the Zurich suburb of Kuesnacht. The property overlooks Lake Zurich and is said to give the impression of being in a palace.
Tina has lived in the privacy of her Swiss home full-time since retiring from performing in 2009. When she became a Swiss citizen, the singer even gave up her American citizenship.
Turner says of living in Swizterland that it is amazing and that she is very well recognized in Europe. She said in an interview, “I’m as big as Madonna in Europe. I’m as big as, in some places, the Rolling Stones.”
Tina’s life had finally settled down when she received some devastating health news. Tina received the diagnosis of kidney cancer in 2016. Regular dialysis or a kidney transplant were her only options. The latter would allow her to live a semi-normal life, but kidney donations were scarce.
Fortunately for her, Erwin stepped in. Her husband made the ultimate sacrifice in order to save his beloved.
“He said he didn’t want another woman, or another life. Then he shocked me. He said he wanted to give me one of his kidneys”, she said.
Tina’s health finally recovered with Erwin’s sacrifice. And when things again started to look up, her life took another sad turn.
Craig Turner, Tina Turner’s firstborn son, died. He was Tina’s son from a previous relationship, but Ike Turner had legally adopted him.
Craig Turner was discovered dead from a gunshot wound he inflicted on himself. Tina was devastated by the tragic death of her child. Throughout it all, however, Bach remained Tina’s pillar of strength.
Turner revealed that the spark in their relationship was still very much alive. “Erwin and I have been together for over 30 years and he still writes me love letters – isn’t that romantic?” she captioned a photo of the couple kissing.
Tina Turner and Erwin Bach’s love shows you that true love can really conquer it all. The duo has been steadfastly by one another’s side through thick and thin.
Share their very real yet beautiful love story with others to give them hope that true love finds you – no matter where in life you are!