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Tina Turner opens up on suicide bid after surviving years of abuse in marriage

Tina Turner has reflected on her life as she celebrates her 82nd year.

The superstar who earlier this year came out of retirement to release her first single in 12 years has opened up about the hell she suffered during her marriage.

Born Anna Mae Bullock, the 81-year-old may appear to have the "perfect life" but that hasn't always been the case.

Tina married fellow singer Ike Turner in 1962 and went on to endure 16 years of hell at the hands of the late singer, writes The Mirror..

In her latest book, Happiness Becomes You: A Guide to Changing Your Life for Good, the superstar admitted she wouldn't do things differently.

"I wouldn't change a thing. I embrace the entirety of my life's journey," she said.

Tina went on to say: "Each part has contributed to me becoming who I am today, and I'm very happy now.

"There were a number of difficult experiences that could have shattered me, but instead became fuel for my journey, propelling me upward."

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The Private Dancer singer who renounced her American citizenship and instead became a Swiss national now resides in Lake Zurich with her husband, Erwin Bach, 64.

While married to her first husband, Ike Turner, Tina suffered domestic abuse which resulted in her attempting to take her own life.

Tina attempted an overdose while she was on tour with Ike, she wrote in her book My Love Story by Tina Turner.

She said: "One night, just before a gig, I simply couldn’t take any more and swallowed sleeping pills."

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However, the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll now believes that her suicide attempt gave her an awakening.

"After I attempted suicide, I felt that I was still alive because I had a purpose, a mission to accomplish in life.

"And after surviving years of abuse, I knew I had an innate resilience I could tap into. If I could increase that, I knew I could become unshakably happy and make my dreams come true," she told.

Over the course of her groundbreaking career, Tina has sold an impressive 100 million records, won 12 Grammy Awards, a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, starred in the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and had her life turned into a sell-out West End and Broadway musical.

In July, she teamed up with producer Kygo to release a remastered version of her 1984 smash-hit What's Love Got To Do With It?

The release came two decades after she released Twenty Four Seven, her last studio album.

Happiness Becomes You by Tina Turner, Harper Thorsons, £16.99.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email jo@samaritans.org, visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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