‘My legacy is that I stayed on course… from the beginning to the end, because I believed in something inside of me. So my legacy is a person that strived for wanting it better and got it.’ (August 2013 interview with Oprah Winfrey)
Who insures their legs for 3.2 billion dollars? Not me, that’s for sure. But there is one woman on this planet who did and has every right to do so: the incomparable Tina Turner, who becomes an octogenarian today.
You will be revealing your age, as I do, if you can remember the Ike and Tina Turner days, long before Tina went solo (or for that matter, the Cher and Bono days, Captain and Tenille… ). She was an intrinsic part of my childhood, youth, and adulthood and I remember thinking, without knowing what she was going through, wow, to be as wild and free as she is someday… Now I look back on her career and life and think, wow, to have survived all that and leave a mark on the world like Tina. She is one of the few musicians who did a farewell world tour and truly retired, unlike some others who refuse to grow old and keep returning to the stage! Hats off to the lady for embracing her retirement.
‘People think my life has been tough, but I think it’s been a wonderful journey. The older you get, the more you realize it’s not what happened, it’s how you deal with it.’ (Marie Claire South Africa, May 2018)
My father was always scandalised at Tina Turners music and appearance. My mother, on the other hand, always the rebel, would get up and dance with me whenever we heard a Tina Turner song. Half the time she would probably never recognise Tina in a magazine, but her music was something else. Unafraid to push boundaries, never allowing the world to dictate what was age-appropriate to wear, and rising above all the challenges and difficulties, Tina has earned her quiet retirement in Switzerland.