Tina Turner retired in 2008 after her last-ever concert series, the "Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour," wrapped up. However, the star-status singer hasn't disappeared from the public eye completely. Her autobiography, Tina Turner: My Love Story, came out in 2018. She has also appeared on various TV shows to promote a musical dedicated to her extraordinary life story, Tina — The Tina Turner Musical.
What does Tina Turner look like now?
Unfortunately for fans, Tina tends to share older, nostalgia-tinged selfies and photographs on her Instagram page. Although she agreed to do a few interviews in the past years — she featured on CBS Sunday Morning in 2019, for instance — there aren't many photos or videos capturing what she looks like nowadays. She does make public appearances sporadically, though she became much more protective of her private life after her last tour came to an end.
Tina Turner finished her last tour in 2009.
Tina launched her farewell tour in 2000, throwing 121 concerts as part of the exuberant bonanza fans will fondly remember as the "Twenty Four Seven Tour." The event series came to an end on Dec. 6, 2000 with an unforgettable show held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, Calif.
Much to fans' surprise, Tina announced a few years later that she would do another tour to mark her 50th anniversary in the music industry, titled "Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour." The tour was the last-ever project the seemingly unstoppable singer took on before ending her career as a live performer for good.
Tina Turner suffered a stroke just a few years after her official retirement.
Tina suffered a stroke in 2013. In 2016, she was diagnosed with kidney failure and intestinal cancer. For a while, she considered assisted suicide, which is legal in her chosen country of Switzerland. Eventually, her second husband, Erwin Bach, offered to donate one of his kidneys, saving Tina's life.
"We call it "the Baby" because it's like me being pregnant – it's a part of him, kind of a baby from Erwin! It's over here somewhere,' she points to her lower right abdomen. 'So I have three kidneys and he only has one,'" she explained in an exclusive interview with The Daily Mail.
Just when things were about to look up, Tina received horrible news again. In July 2018, just a few months before her autobiography,Tina Turner: My Love Story, came out, the singer learned that her son, Craig, took his life.
As she described in a rare interview with BBC, she spoke to Craig several times in the weeks leading up to his tragic death. He took these conversations as opportunities to tell her about his new job and new partner.
"I still don't know what took him to the edge," Tina told the BBC.
"I have no idea what pulled him down, except something that followed him with loneliness. I think it was something with being alone. [...] But when I think that, why didn't he call the new girlfriend?" Tina added.
Tina Turner is set to release a remix of "What's Love Got to Do With It" on July 17, 2020.
The iconic singer is about to release a remix of "What's Love Got to Do With It," on Friday, July 17. She made the song in collaboration with a successful Norwegian producer DJ Kygo.
Could this mean that she's about to resume her career and start releasing new songs again? We strongly hope so.