What’s Love Got to Do With It? Ike and Tina’s Troubled Relationship

At one point in time, it seemed like Ike and Tina Turner were unstoppable. Not only did they release hit after hit, but they built a reputation for legendary, must-see performances. On the outside, everything seemed perfect, but behind the veil of success, Tina was suffering at the hands of Ike. It was a tumultuous, troubled relationship, and Tina felt trapped.

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It wasn’t until one fateful day in 1976 that she managed to run away with only 36 cents in her pocket. The international superstar suddenly found herself a single mother living on food stamps—but she was free, and that’s all that mattered. This is the story of Ike and Tina’s troubled relationship and how she managed to put herself back together, piece by piece.