As rock 'n' roll couples go, Ike and Tina Turner's relationship was one of the most volatile. Ike was a successful blues singer when he met Tina, who was a teenager trying to break into singing. Tina started singing for Ike's band, and in 1960 she had his baby. In 1962 the couple married. Even as Tina's career took off, and Ike produced her albums, the relationship was famously turbulent. Tina accused Ike of many instances of spousal abuse, and she even attempted suicide in 1968. In 1978, the couple finally divorced, and Tina launched a successful career comeback, on her own, in the 1980s.
Tina Turner told ‘The Times’ that she has forgiven ex-husband and bandmate Ike Turner, who died in 2007, for years of abuse. “As an old person, I have forgiven him, but it would not work with him...Ike wasn’t someone you could forgive and allow him back in,” she said.