Tina Turner is currently promoting new autobiography, Tina Turner: My Love Story. After sharing excerpts revealing her current husband donated his kidney to her to save her life, the rock ‘n’ soul legend is sharing that her first husband, Ike Turner, forced her to watch a live sex show on their wedding night in 1962.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Tina said that after the musical pair exchanged vows in Tijuana, Mexico, Ike took her to a “whorehouse” where he forced her to watch a live sex show.
“The experience was so disturbing that I suppressed it, scratched it out, and created a different scenario, a fantasy of romantic elopement.”
Tina admittedly went along with whatever Ike said out of fear, including agreeing to marry him even after he’d began physically abusing the star.
“Ike always had an angle. He must have figured out that Tijuana was the best place for a quickie ceremony. It probably wasn’t even legal. But there was no point in questioning his motives. It would just make him mad, and that might lead to a beating. I definitely didn’t want a black eye on my wedding day.”
The ceremony itself involved the pair signing legal docs in a dirty office, an experience Tina lied about to friends and family upon her return to California.
“I may not have had much experience with weddings, but I knew the occasion was supposed to be emotional and happy. There was none of that at this wedding. Nobody said, ‘You may kiss the bride.’ No toasts. No congratulations. No mention of living happily ever after.
“By the next day, I was bragging to people, ‘Guess what? Oh, Ike took me to Tijuana. We got married yesterday!’ I convinced myself that I was happy, and I was happy for a brief time, because the idea that I was married actually held meaning for me. For Ike, it was just another transaction.”
The “What’s Love Got to Do With It” singer continued, “People can’t imagine the kind of man he was – a man who takes his brand new wife to a live pornographic sex show right after their marriage ceremony. There I sat, in this filthy place, watching Ike out of the corner of my eye, wondering, ‘Does he really like this? How could he?’ It was so ugly.”
Tina even described the “show,” saying, “The male performer was unattractive and seemingly impotent, and the girl … well let’s just say that what was on display was more gynecological than erotic. I was miserable the whole time, on the verge of tears, but there was no escape. We couldn’t leave until Ike was ready, and he was having a fine time…Some things you don’t remember. Some things you don’t want to. Those memories dig into your gut.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.