Everyone has fond memories of singing along to the legendary Tina Turner’s song “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” Everyone will always remember her for her powerful vocals. The well-known singer who is responsible for innumerable successes has had a full existence. And has experienced some health issues more lately…
Popular superstar Tina Turner is renowned for her strong vocals. The mega-star has slowed down recently for personal and health reasons. Yet Erwin Bach, her husband, has always been there for her.
But things weren’t always that way. Ike Turner, Tina Turner’s first spouse, is the source of her last name. Ike and Tina first met in a Manhattan nightclub, and they have been practically inseparable ever since.
When the two first started collaborating on music, their friendship quickly grew closer. Ike and Tina exchanged vows in 1962 in Tijuana, Mexico, a few years after they had met.
Outsiders might have thought their marriage was picture-perfect, but on the inside, it was in trouble. Years later, Tina stated in her book “My Love Story” that the marriage had been physically and verbally violent. She described Ike’s behavior and how he would become physically aggressive whenever he thought Tina had disrespected him in any way.
Years of abuse continued until Tina, who had had enough, chose to leave Ike in 1976. She officially divorced him two years later.
The mega-star was determined to remain single after this. Up until she met Erwin Bach by happenstance.
Erwin and Tina first connected when Tina’s flight was picked up by Erwin’s employer at the airport. When Tina met her future husband, an EMI music executive who was 30 years old at the time, he was scheduled to perform in Germany.
Later, Tina remarked that it was an immediate draw. He had the most beautiful face, she remarked. That was impossible to miss. My heart began to thump. It denotes the meeting of two souls. My hands began to tremble. Tina, you ride with Erwin, Roger remarked, and I immediately wanted to shout, “Yay!”
She acknowledged that she was having second thoughts, telling herself that love stories never work out. But she paid none of that any attention and made an effort to learn more about Erwin.
Erwin accepted Tina’s invitation to travel to the United States to see her. Tina was certain Erwin was the one when they first met in her region of the planet. The vocalist was particularly drawn to his unassuming demeanor and relaxed demeanor.
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 used Tina’s 50th birthday to pop the question. He was anticipating a favorable reaction, so he was taken aback when the singer declined, citing her unhappy marriage as the cause.
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.”
Erwin and Tina, however, continued their relationship because of their unwavering love. About three decades after the first question, the singer ultimately decided to try marriage a second time thanks to Erwin’s constant dedication and accepted his proposal.
In their opulent house in Switzerland, the couple was married. Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King were among the high-profile guests that attended the wedding.
Giorgio Armani created Tina’s stunning garment, which was adorned with Swarovski crystals. Tina expressed her extreme happiness with the ceremony and noted that everything had gone as she had planned.
The couple resides in their lovely home in the Kuesnacht neighborhood of Zurich. According to reports, the property has a view of Lake Zurich and feels like a palace.
Tina has resided in her own Swiss home full-time since she stopped performing in 2009. When the singer switched to Swiss citizenship, she 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.”
Just as Tina’s life was beginning to seem serene, she learned heartbreaking information regarding her health. 2016 saw Tina’s kidney cancer being officially diagnosed. Her only choices were kidney transplantation or standard dialysis. But, kidney donations were harder to come by. The latter would give her a chance at living a life that was nearly normal.
Fortunately for her, Erwin intervened. For his adored, her husband gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“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 child, passed away. He was Tina’s child from a previous relationship, but Ike Turner had been given legal custody of him.
Craig Turner was discovered dead from a gunshot wound that he had self-inflicted. Tina was devastated by the untimely death of her kid. Yet Bach remained Tina’s pillar of support throughout it all.
Turner shared that the two still very much had the spark alive in their relationship. She posted a picture of the couple embracing, with the caption “Erwin and I have been together for over 30 years and he still writes me love letters – isn’t that romantic?”
True love can overcome any obstacle, as Tina Turner and Erwin Bach’s relationship demonstrates. Through thick and thin, the pair has remained stubbornly by one another’s sides.
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!