OPRAH: To my mind, no one deserves the label “rock royalty” more than Tina Turner, the artist whose legs launched a thousand gym visits and whose songs are tattooed on all our hearts.
In her brand new memoir, My Love Story, the eight-time Grammy winner explores her painful childhood, her victorious career resurrection after an infamously abusive relationship, her much-happier current marriage to her longtime partner, the musical based on her story (Tina: The Tina Turner Musical), and the array of serious illnesses she’s conquered.
But when I recently caught up with her over Skype, it was under tragic circumstances: Her 59-year-old son, Craig, had ended his life mere weeks before. Nonetheless, Tina opened up to me about loss, a lifesaving gift, and the spirit that propels her forward.
It’s been 20 years since our first conversation I was then—and will forever be— your biggest fan.
Well, thank you, Oprah.
I want to thank you for being the goddess of rock ‘n’ roll and for the inspiration you’ve brought to my life and to countless others. The last time I saw you in person was five years ago at your wedding, which was such a magical day: thousands of roses; your handsome groom, Erwin. I think people would be shocked to learn that since then, you have suffered through many life-threatening medical challenges that all started soon after.
When I came back from my honeymoon, I was determined to find out what was causing a painful feeling in my chest. I went to the hospital, and two days later, the stroke came. That was the beginning of the sickness.