Tina Turner documentary fails to look at her absence as a mom, supply says: ‘She does not communicate to anyone’

It is no secret that Tina Turner‘s legacy in rock ‘n’ roll is untouchable, however her worldwide success in music left a devastating affect on her private relationships, primarily along with her 4 kids, so says a household supply.

Tina’s life and profession was documented in HBO Max‘s “Tina” documentary, launched final month. The 2-hour lengthy movie chronicled the musical powerhouse’s humble beginnings alongside her late first husband and collaborator, Ike Turner, in addition to the demise of their relationship, which was spurred by his drug use and bodily abuse.

Within the flick, the 81-year-old icon additionally bid farewell to her profession. Whereas Ike and Tina’s relations had been impressed by the movie, which was produced by Lightbox, a household supply tells Fox Information there was one main space they felt was lacking from it: her fractured relationship along with her kids.

A household insider tells Fox Information that Ronnie Turner, the one organic son of each Ike and Tina’s, watched the documentary 4 occasions. He and his spouse, Afida Turner, thought the movie was “properly accomplished” in that it “credited Ike for his success as a singer-songwriter.”


Tina Turner pictured along with her 4 sons in 1967.
(Courtesy of Rhonda Graam/HBO)

Nevertheless, the supply mentioned the couple, in addition to Ike Turner Jr. and Michael Turner — Ike’s sons from his marriage to Lorraine Taylor, later adopted by Tina — had been “devastated” to be unnoticed of the sequence, excluding some minor mentions.

“Ronnie and Afida simply felt so unhappy that Ronnie wasn’t within the documentary. He is the one [biological] son of Ike and Tina. It was produced by Erwin [Tina’s husband] in order that’s why however actually everybody desires to know what the son of Ike and Tina thinks,” the household insider claimed.

Tina additionally shared late son Craig Turner with late saxophonist Raymond Hill.


“Erwin, after all, did not need to put Ronnie in it as a result of they do not need the reality or the nice vibes that Ronnie would share. It was very unhappy that Ronnie was not interviewed, and never proven taking part in together with his mom. Viewers do not see any of that. Simply him as a child however nothing of him proper now as a musician,” the supply additional claimed.

Reps for the singer, Bach, HBO Max and Lightbox didn’t instantly return Fox Information’ requests for remark.

The household supply goes on to say that whereas the documentary offers viewers an excellent take a look at Tina’s profession milestones, it fails to acknowledge her alleged absence as a mom. This was probably because of the truth that Tina remains to be very a lot distant from her three residing kids, the insider claims. Tina’s son Craig Turner dedicated suicide in 2018.

“The factor you do not see within the documentary is Tina as a mother. That is as a result of she was by no means near the youngsters. She by no means came around her youngsters. There have been no holidays spent with them of their later years. No Christmases, no birthdays. She’s not an in depth mom,” the supply claims. “Nothing’s modified. She does not communicate to anyone.”

“Tina” does embody footage from a previous interview of Craig from 2000 wherein he discusses Tina as a mother and divulges he “hated” Ike.


“She was very strict, significantly when she was house,” Craig says within the interview included within the doc. “We needed to do our chores, we needed to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner on the identical time. She actually took to elevating us personally as a result of that was her happiness to a sure extent.”

Tina Turner went on to marry Erwin Bach following her divorce from Ike Turner.

Tina Turner went on to marry Erwin Bach following her divorce from Ike Turner.
(Courtesy of Paul Cox/HBO)

Additionally within the doc, Tina admits she “did not spend numerous time” along with her 4 sons.

“I suffered however Ike did not,” she says in one clip in regards to the separation from her youngsters. “It was my ache as a result of I needed extra time. I knew that they wanted extra.”

One other half some relations felt was considerably lacking from the documentary was the function Tina’s mom, Zelma Bullock, performed in her sons’ lives, in keeping with the supply. Tina admits within the documentary that she had a fractured relationship along with her late mom.

“Tina’s mother was a greater mom than she was,” the supply claimed. “She was an excellent individual. Within the documentary, Tina acted like her mother was by no means there for her. She was there for Craig and Ronnie as a mom and a grandmother. She did not say that both.”

Photo dated July 2003 shows musician Ike Turner performing in Juan-Les-Pins, southern France, on the last day of the 'Jazz a Juan' music festival. Turner, best remembered for his successful musical partnership and stormy marriage to singer Tina Turner, died in 2007. He was 76. He and Tina's divorce was finalized in 1978.

Picture dated July 2003 exhibits musician Ike Turner performing in Juan-Les-Pins, southern France, on the final day of the ‘Jazz a Juan’ music pageant. Turner, finest remembered for his profitable musical partnership and stormy marriage to singer Tina Turner, died in 2007. He was 76. He and Tina’s divorce was finalized in 1978.
(VANINA LUCCHESI/AFP through Getty Pictures)

Regardless of the critiques, the supply revealed that if the Kings of Rhythm frontman had been alive immediately — he died in 2007 on the age of 76 — he can be rather more happy with HBO Max’s portrayal of him than within the 1993 film “What’s Love Bought To Do with It.”

“Ike can be happier in regards to the documentary than the primary film as a result of Ike advised his household he was very depressed by the primary film,” mentioned the supply.


Tina’s residing kids do nonetheless sympathize with the “Personal Dancer” singer for the obstacles she needed to overcome.

“Though Ike’s household will keep in mind the nice issues about him, the documentary did trigger them to really feel sorry for Tina at some factors. She labored very onerous and he was very imply to her and he or she needed to go away. She was very brave to try this,” the insider mentioned.

Years in the past, Tina relocated to Zurich, Switzerland with Bach, the place they nonetheless dwell immediately.

“Tina” remains to be obtainable to be streamed on HBO Max.

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