Tina Turner died believing her mum didn’t want her.
The late ‘Private Dancer’ singer, was born into relative poverty in Brownsville, Tennessee, as the youngest daughter of farm boss and Baptist deacon Floyd Richard Bullock and his factory worker wife Zelma Priscilla (née Currie), who went on to have Evelyn Juanita Currie and Ruby Alline Bullock, who was also a songwriter before her death in 2010 aged 73.
Tina Turner, whose death aged 83 from natural causes at her Swiss estate was announced on 24 May, said in her autobiography ‘I, Tina’ that she “wasn’t wanted”, with her mother only staying with her father after discovering she was pregnant for the third time.
She added in the book: “She was a very young woman who didn’t want another kid.”
She added she was “a little bit afraid” of her dad.
Tina also told Rolling Stone magazine her mother hadn’t loved her, saying: “I knew the difference because I used to watch her with my sister (Ruby) Alline.
“How she was with her and how she was with me. She loved Alline.”
Tina Turner, who had two sons and adopted two of her first husband Ike’s children, went on to worry her son Ronnie would follow in his abusive dad Ike Turner’s footsteps.
Ronnie Turner’s wife Afida Turner said the singer was so haunted by Ike’s brutalities she warned her Ron “is going to be like his father”.
She told the Daily Mail: “(Tina) sometimes told me, ‘You don’t want to stay with him. He is going to be like his father.’”
Ike died of a drug overdose in 2007 aged 76 after years of tormenting Tina physically, verbally and mentally.
His abuse was so severe it led to Tina trying to take her life in 1986 by swallowing 50 sleeping pills.
French-born singer Afida added at the beginning of her relationship with Ronnie he did show signs of troubling behaviour.
She said: “At first, he was kind of like his father, but after that, he was going very well.
“He made a very big effort to keep me. In the beginning, it was very hard because I was not willing to stay with him.”