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Tina Turner opens up about her abusive life with Ike

HEYDAY: Tina Turner on stage

NEW BRIDE Tina Turner has opened up about the abuse she suffered at the hands of ex husband Ike.

Talking to talkshow host Oprah, the Proud Mary singer, who married her longtime partner Erwin Bach last month, said she couldn’t leave the man who discovered her because “if I ran away, Tina was his name.”

Ike, who was the lead singer of a St Loius band at the time, changed Tina’s name from Anna Mae Bullock to launch her successful music career.

"[The name] was patented, as you call it," she went on.

"So he could own you," Oprah replied.

"So he could own me," Tina confirmed. "Ike was smart. He wasn't an educated smart man, but he had common sense."

In the interview, Tina also recalled when things started to turn physical with Ike.

She explained: "I started to feel something, and he started to touch me," she says. "I really didn't like it because that was my brother - that was my friend."

The award-winning songstress told Oprah that although many people assumed they were an item, they weren’t.

"It was just control,” she said. “Ike had sex with everybody around him, Oprah," she says. "Everybody's wife."

Tina revealed that she never wanted to get involved with Ike. However, one day she was told that he wanted to see her in his room and explained that he started the conversation with, "What are you trying to do to me?"

"And then the beating came," she said.

Adding: "And then against the head. Always the head, with a shoe stretcher. A wooden shoe stretcher."

Tina said she had never been beaten before, and explains that she was in shock the first time it happened. "It really hurt," she says. "But I was still trying to figure out what was happening."

Ike and Tina divorced in 1978. Before his death in 2007, Ike had disputed Tina's accounts of their marriage.

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