On November 26, 2019 Tina Turner turned 80.

To mark this occassion, we asked Tina’s fans to share their personal “Tina love stories” with us. We then collected all the stories and turned them into a book.

We personally delivered the book at Tina’s home on the day of her birthday.

You can read all our stories below.

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309 entries.
Sean JACKSON from Atlanta wrote on March 29, 2021 at 11:20 pm:
Since the age of three, I have been the biggest Tina Turner fan in the world.
As hard as it may be to believe, in 1987/88, a three-year-old African American boy was in love
with the biggest rock star in world.

Although there are tapes of me as a young boy singing Tina Turner’s music, I wouldn’t know
where to find them, but everyone knew my love for her from an early age. When I broke my
arm, my sister signed my cast with Tina’s name. Birthday’s included cookie cakes with her name
on it and although I was laughed at in school for loving Tina Turner, my peers knew she was the
one person I’d lose my temper over, so don’t say the wrong thing ☺ . I remember a Christmas
party my sister had at our home when she was in high school, my aunt JoAnn put a hat out for
me as I performed Tina numbers and people put money in the hat for me. Oh I thought I was a
star and rich as I collect about $15 that evening.
When I fell in love with this awesome human being, I only knew about her as a solo artist. It
wasn't until I was eight years old that “What Love Got to Do With It” premiered in movie
theaters everywhere. It was then that I realized the trauma she endured in her past life, and
although I know the difference between actors and the people they are portraying now, I
wanted to hunt down Laurence Fishburne for treating my idol that way. After making it through
the trauma of watching that film and reading “I, Tina” afterwards, I grew to love her even more
as I pulled on her example of survival and triumph for my own life.
That same year, Tina came to Atlanta for the tour to support the soundtrack, What’s Love Live
and my parents did not get me a ticket to go. I mean, really, like, y'all didn’t think that taking
me to see her was the right move? Omg, I was furious but I didn’t allow that to stop me! I called
the radio station to win tickets. Once I actually got through, I answered the question correctly
(What sport did Tina play in high school; basketball) but I wasn’t allowed to get the tickets
because I was only eight! So I hated everything and everyone for a while, but moved past it
eventually :).

Enters 1997 and the American leg of the Wildest Dreams Tour. Oh how excited I was! Tina
appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show (my other idol and inspiration) and they linked up and
went on the road. How awesome is this? My favorite singer teaming up with my favorite TV
personality, I knew I was in there. My parents even checked me out from school early that day
so I wouldn’t miss the show that came on at 4:00pm. The day before Father’s day was when
Tina would be in Atlanta. Picture it, a 12-year-old boy at a rock concert! I knew all the words to
every song, all of the dance steps and I had my own little show going on in the back of the
venue as most people were shocked that I was performing the concert myself far away from
the stage. I vividly remember Tina ending the segment of the show where she sat down to sing
by saying, “going to wind it up now” and my mom thought that was the end of the show and
attempted to leave! Oh no, I almost lost it because I knew that wasn’t the end of the show; Tina
had not performed “Simply the Best, What’s Love, Proud Mary, Nutbush or Addicted to Love!”
So, in order to prevent a preteen tantrum, she allowed me to stay with my sister and her
husband! By the time they made it the car, the music has started again! I am a 6-foot gay man
today and at that time, I didn’t know what it meant to be gay or lesbian, but as I found out
later, I made a few gay and lesbian fans at the concert as I danced and sang my heart out while
they looked on in awe. My sister told me the next day as we drove to Florida for vacation that
she was so embarrassed :).
A few years later, I saw her twice for the 24/7 tour (age 15) and then twice for the 50 th
Anniversary Tour (age 23). So I have been blessed to be my age and have had the opportunity
to see her live five times. Although, I’m grateful for even being able to be in her presence for
these tours, I always knew something was missing. Tina has helped me survive a difficult
childhood and adolescent years, bad relationships and was a spiritual teacher for me without
even knowing who I was. When I ended my most recent relationship back in May of this year,
the moment I was telling my then ex it was over and I couldn’t live my life under this burden, I
just kept playing “I don’t wanna fight no more, it’s just time for letting go” over and over in my
head so I didn’t get scared and talk myself out of doing what I needed to do to “make my life
better,” as Tina back in 2015 on Oprah’s next chapter.
There are so many emotions I feel when I think of this wonderful woman but the biggest inward feeling that stands out above all the rest is gratitude!
Sandra Demaria from Nice wrote on November 27, 2019 at 7:02 am:
J’espère que vous allez bien Chère Tina, je vous souhaite de vivre encore le meilleur et surtout un excellent Anniversaire vous êtes en tout un modèle pour moi et je vous admire. Très sincèrement merci pour tout ce que vous m’a Transmis à travers la musique mais aussi grâce à votre attitude ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️💋💋💋💋💋 prenez soin de vous 🍀🌈🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹
Stephen Caldwell from Houston wrote on November 25, 2019 at 10:56 am:
TINA, you are simply the best I live through your music and may GOD continue to bless you w/ good health and a sound mind I've seen u twice in concert and never forgot those moments I will always charish. Love you
Khunsuda from Laemchabang Thailand 🇹🇭 wrote on November 24, 2019 at 4:04 am:
I First Saw My Idol Tina Turner In 1977 in my hometown of Chicago with The Ike & Tina Turner Revue 💜
I Saw in Several Concerts💜💜💜
I Also Had Impersonated her and Won 1st Place Cash Prizes...I’m A Fan Of Legendary Iconic G.O.A.T.💕💕💕💕💕🍌
Danila Pertino from Savona Italy wrote on November 19, 2019 at 7:15 pm:
Happy birthday!
Danila Pertino from Savona Italy wrote on November 19, 2019 at 7:03 pm:
Amo la voce di Tina, la sua spiritualità, i suoi progetti con i bambini.
Sono un insegnante di Educazione Fisica, domani proporrò ai ragazzi un progetto sulla pace, gentilezza e fiducia nell' altro. Sanremo anche il paece mantra !
Christopher Bick from London wrote on November 4, 2019 at 8:52 pm:
Dearest Tina

Very happy birthday to you.

Thank you for every time you have made me dance, sing and be happy from decade to decade.

Englands heart will always be with you along with your legions of fans.

Much Love

Barbara Tyler from Burlington wrote on October 29, 2019 at 6:02 am:
I have loved Tina for a long time she is my Hero I saw her in Boston she put on a amazing show I’m total disabled but for my birthday family members brought me a ticket to see her she has had a rough life but she has come out on top and will always be my best I have a lot of her CD and brought twenty four seven at the concert Tina my Hero
Drew Mullins from Richmond wrote on October 29, 2019 at 2:40 am:
I was born in 1983, so I was only 1 year old at the time of your history making comeback.  My dad was a record buff and had hundreds of records, which we would listen to all the time; Springsteen, The Beatles, The Stones. I remember being only a handful of years old and drawn to the cover of your Private Dancer album.  I was fascinated by this woman with big hair, red lips and legs that went on forever.  But it was the voice that came out of the speakers when he would play that record that truly touched a spot within.  I was too young to understand why all the men came into those places but I can clearly remember hoping that you did get to live out by the sea, and that you did get to have a husband and some children. I thought that the song was you and you were the song. I was 4 and that was my first introduction to Tina Turner.    

When I was 10 my parents let me watch the movie What’s Love Got To Do With It (questionable parenting I know.)  But THAT WAS IT.  It changed my life.  I needed to know more about you.  I needed to listen to all of your recordings.  I got I, Tina from the library and devoured it.  I would rent your concerts from the local video store and watch them on repeat.  You were all I could talk about.  

I am 36 years old now and you have been a part of my journey ever since.  I have followed your career closely and with absolute pride. My life would not have been the same without you. There are no words I can use to fully describe what you have meant to me. You are my Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.  

Happy 80th Birthday Tina Turner and thank you for all you’ve given me, without ever even knowing it.  All the best.
LUCAS ALEXANDER from Copenhagen, Denmark wrote on October 28, 2019 at 1:32 pm:

It was 1985, I was just a very small child. After having learned to speak, I was beginning to notice everything and everyone around me! But then there was this unique and very different WILD lady that we saw everywhere at that time - on television and on pictures, and whose unmistakable raspy and unusual voice, we heard on the radio!

She was unlike any woman or any person I had ever seen or met, and I just couldn't believe what I saw and what I heard! She was so wild and incredible. No one else was like Tina Turner! When I asked my mother who she was, she replied: "One of the most amazing women in entertainment!", and she knew because my mother told me that she had owned several records by Ike and Tina Turner when she was growing up! 

Two years later, in 1987 Tina was in my home country Denmark to do a major stadium concert, and I was still so young, but my parents didn't allow me to go to the show! Couldn't they have gone with me? Nevertheless I was destroyed not to be able to go! In my mind I said: "Tina you must continue so that I can go and see you, and as many times as I like!!!!".

The next time Tina was back in Copenhagen was in 1990, and I was sad that she called it her Farewell Tour because to me this "Foreign Affair" had just started. I was still so young and only had the opportunity to see her live once then, but wow, that one first time I ever saw Tina live, was amazingly and incredibly on my birthday!!! Yes, the best birthday present I could wish for. I went there and got upfront! Everything changed that day! I had never seen anything like it, and it was beyond just the music - it was something spiritual - something really powerful which you can´t describe in words! A soul connection in fact, and I felt it strongly and couldn't put it into words, but it was there.

Tina does not know how a lot of people feel or how they connect with her, in fact I don't think she can imagine how she really speaks to people on a cellular level, in a really spiritual way!

In 1996, the year where my wildest dreams came true several times, everything had changed! Getting to know people from all over the world who shared the love for Tina, was an amazing thing! We were an incredible network of wonderful and fun people from all over who joined up, got together, had celebrations, and went on that entire Wildest Dreams World Tour! It's almost embarrassing to admit, but the amount of shows that I saw with Tina in 1996, is rather unbelievable! 😂😊 But if I admit that I've seen her over 100 times live in total, would be fair and still perhaps "holding back"! I will never forget the many wonderful times Tina came down to the audience in first row, giving us the microphone to sing, and how many times I sang "Nutbush one more time" and later on; "Twenty Four Seven". She always seemed to present there and looked so surprised everytime I sang into the mike.

1996 was the great year! I finally got to meet Tina several times, both privately a few times at a hotel in Copenhagen, and at her birthday party celebration for selected fans in Dortmund, Germany. Being in her presence was so powerful and strong, but it sure did feel amazing. She has a very inspirational and almost other-worldly charisma when you are in front of her. I had some really fun moments with her, and got to see different sides of her. Both the more calm, wise Tina, and the wild, fun-happy Tina. Her band members and dancers were wonderful people also, and as a teenager growing up wanting to be a performer myself, these experiences meant a lot and gave me a lot of strength and energy. That is what Tina does give you; energy, strength, hope, a clear vision and drive.

I also got to call her on the phone live on the air, on the popular CNN TV talkshow "Larry King Live", on which Tina appeared in 1997. Many experiences followed, seeing Tina live on her two tours after that; "Twenty Four Seven" in 2000 and "50th Anniversary Tour in 2008/2009 + going to the tapings of several TV shows where she appeared. It was a memorable moment seeing Tina again, being ON the stage with Tina and many children in Copenhagen for the rehearsal for the Hans Christian Andersen show in Denmark in 2005.

I went to Nutbush, Tennessee with all of the Tina-friends and enjoyed the museum about her extraordinary life, and got to film an interview with Rhonda Graam, Tina´s longtime friend, assistant and former manager since 1964. Rhonda is also deservedly featured in the wonderful success musical "TINA! The Tina Turner Musical".

All of the many people who still loves Tina continue to bond, and meet practically every year - and it´s a LOT OF FUN!!! Just havin´ fun! I met some of my most wonderful and important friends in life, because of Tina.

I can´t imagine a world without Tina Turner, and I can´t express how much she has meant to me. But she will always be in my heart. There is something about Tina which feels like HOME to me. She is the GREATEST of them all - it goes way BEYOND!!!

I am very grateful that I lived this lifetime on this particular timeline, at the same time as Tina Turner. I was so young when she entered my life and began to have a special meaning for me. I can´t imagine what my world would have been without her.


Lucas Alexander (27 October 2019)
Jørgen Kube from Hamburg wrote on October 27, 2019 at 5:33 pm:
Dear Tina,

my name is Jørgen Kube, I am a photo-editor and photographer from Germany.
I have to say that you are wonderful in every way!
I love your voice, your songs, your message and your attitude.
You inspire me so much and I want to thank you for it.
I live in Hamburg and my partner Marshall and I was at the premiere/press performance of Tina -The Musical.
It was amazing. But the cherry on top was that you where there and came out on stage after the second curtain.
Your speach was so wonderful and inspiring. Marshall and I ran to the backstage door hoping you might come out, but you had already left the theater.
I had my german Vogue with you on the cover with me, in hope that maybe you would sign it for me.
I’ve made a copie of that cover, sent it to you and you signed it and sent it back. Thank you so much! And of course I framed it and it`s hanging on the wall now.
I read your new biography, I was extremely touched, it made me cry. I love that book.
I hope you are well now, because you deserve simply the best!
I send you positive energy and wish you a wonderful & stunning 80th birthday!

Best wishes and lots of love from Hamburg,
Michael Egarr from Los Angeles, California wrote on October 27, 2019 at 4:21 pm:
Dear Tina,
Happiest of Birthdays to you.
I thank you for being the constant bright light in my life. You me bring me joy and happiness in everything you do.
You have saved my life. Brought me out of the darkest moments in my life, and when I would think there was no way out, you always show me I can do better and it will get better.
You are loved by so many, and I thank for so many happy memories and lessons and sharing your story and music with me.
Love, Michael.
Wolfgang Plack from Biedenkopf wrote on October 27, 2019 at 11:26 am:
as everybody else I want to tell you how important you are for me in my life next to my family and friends.
You and your music had the biggest influence to me, you became the wave that carried me on my journey and development as a person.
It started in September 1984 when I saw the video to „what’s love..“
I still remember the feelings, I was totally flashed by the voice, the music and the woman I saw walking around the streets of NYC.
I went right away to the record store and got my very first album „Private Dancer“
I was listening to it for weeks and months, constantly, and by the way I was driving my family „crazy“ but stayed on track!
My first concert was in Frankfurt Break every rule tour
I wanted to go sooo bad, but my mum said no, you will not go to a Rock’n’Roll concert on your own.
We discussed for weeks, but when my mum says No, it is No.
I was so disappointed, but as a school boy without income I needed my parents to buy it, I was really unhappy, all I wanted was to see my STAR.
Christmas came and the kid that always loved the season, couldn’t show any joy. I didn’t like my presents, didn’t wanna eat or enjoying the family time,
My mum said, take your things to your room, what I did.
When I turned on the light in my room there was an envelope on my bed and I thought what is this?
When I opened it, there it was, my first concert tickets and I was going to see you.
This was the most wonderful Christmas I could imagine, I was the happiest person on the planet.
The show flashed me and it was all over, I knew I would follow you for the rest of my life, what I did!
I can still hear you at the end of Paradise is here saying
„thank you for coming, I don’t say good bye, I only say Gute Nacht, I see you again“
Your music became the beat to my memories, with every song there are personal memories and stories and this will last forever.
Luckily I could attend on all tours since break every rule all over Europe and USA.
I hope our stories show you how important you are, for so many people, your statements were always strong and gave direction
„Never rest, always move on“
„ believe in your dreams and the future belongs to you“ etc.
You made the world a better place and people got faith and hope because of you.
When I was a young teenager living on country side in Germany I figured out that I was different, I thought I was the onliest one who is attracted to boys and didn’t know what to do.
I was listening to TINA, it made everything better and I felt okay, ready to explore the world. Trouble at work, in private, I always asked myself „what would TINA do“ and than I was looking for statements, made my decision and moved on, carried by you and your music.
I am thankful for that!!!
When I read „my Lovestory“ I was really touched. When I finished it I was ready to open a new chapter in my very own one.
I asked my boyfriend if he wants to marry me and he said yes!
We had the greatest day of our life so far and one of my favorite moments was dancing to „I don’t wanna loose you“ with him.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
I wish you a very happy 80. birthday, enjoy your day and many more years in happiness with Erwin.
Kiss and hug from Wolfgang
Tina Turner Party wrote on October 27, 2019 at 10:16 am:
++++++++++++Deadline to enter the book was reached +++++++++++

you can still publish your story here but it won't make it into the book anymore
Thank you
Samira wrote on October 27, 2019 at 10:08 am:
Happiest Birthday Ms Tina!
Thank you for your music. You've inspired me not be embarrassed to wear wigs and it's never too late to start again.
Wishing you all the love and joy your heart can hold always, Samira
Shaun Rasmussen from New York wrote on October 27, 2019 at 3:34 am:
Maya Angelou often said that the greatest gift you can give someone is to simply say, thank you. Tina, through your music, movies, books, musical, and incredible life example, you’ve given me more gifts than you can ever imagine. To you, I say, thank you and wish you all the best!
Peter Andrews from Brentwood wrote on October 27, 2019 at 3:20 am:
Tina Turner,

I was 4 years old when I was first captivated by your presence.

It was 1988, when your record-breaking Rio 88 concert was on HBO. My parents told me that when you flew on to stage, I stood still and was totally fascinated. Even at that young age, your talent and soulfulness drew me in! It is a testament to your energy and life force.

I am now 35 and through the years my appreciation for you has endured, "but only now my love has grown!

Your music, spirituality, and life story has brought me through the best of times and the worst of times.

May you have a wonderful 80th birthday and I wish you abundant health and joy! You have earned it!

Love, Peter Andrews
Jarid Mayo from Fairborn, Ohio wrote on October 27, 2019 at 2:04 am:
Dear Tina! I can hardly put into words what you’ve meant in my life but I’m going to try and do my best!

It was 1984 and I was learning to talk. I would say “yes” “no” “mom” “dad” and something else my parents couldn’t decipher. They said I’d walk around saying “got do, got do” and they had no idea what I was saying. As they had MTV playing all day long, eventually they caught me saying “got do got do” as the video for “What’s Love Got To Do With It” was playing. They figured it out! I had been singing your #1. A couple of months later you were on tour so they took me to your Private Dancer concert - at 2 years old!!! A few years later they took me to Break Every Rule at only 5 years old! With the words “got do” I was instantly a fan - almost from birth!

As you toured Europe for the Foreign Affair tour my only other exposure to you was your Simply The Best album but then I REALLY kicked it back into high gear when promotion for What’s Love Got To Do With It the movie was going strong. I started my first video tape collection, recording your various appearances on Entertainment Tonight and different music awards. Little did I know how much “I Don’t Wanna Fight” would come to be the theme for the next few years.

My parents divorced and life was turbulent. Dad had been beating mom for years and we had just become accustomed to it. He was a violent, controlling alcoholic and they parted ways. My sister and I stayed with our mom but I fought with my mother constantly. I could find such solace in “I Don’t Wanna Fight” as it was literally the theme for my life at the time. Eventually my mother found a new husband. She took my sister and moved to Alline, leaving me with my father. I had read I, Tina in 6th grade and it was one of the many parallels I saw between our lives. Zelma took Aillene, left Anna Mae and headed to St. Louis for a new life. My mom took my sister Sara, left Jarid, and also headed to St. Louis for a new life. I wasn’t wanted by my mother.

Living with dad was terrible. The abuse was awful but nothing compared to the abuse you suffered at the hands of your ex-husband. Eventually my dad lost our home and decided to move in with his girlfriend one city over, but there was no room for me. He left me at my grandmother’s who was just a wonderful blessing to me. Now I wasn’t wanted by my father.

I loved living with my grandma as she truly did care for me. However, “my Ike” was one city over and took it upon himself to make my life a living hell whenever he could. I made plans for suicide but continued to go back and think about you. You saw that wasn’t the way after attempting it yourself, so I had to do the same. The abuse continued as I suffered in silence with only the music of Tina Turner to get me through. I was able to see you on The Wildest Dreams tour, 16th row center and refused to sit for slower songs like Private Dancer. People behind me were yelling for me to sit down but by golly the Queen of Rock N Roll was 16 rows in front of me and I was going to absorb all of her strength! What a fantastic show.

The abuse continued to escalate throughout high school and my grandmother had met a man and was ready to stop raising children. She told me she was moving out of town and I wouldn’t be able to go with her. Now I wasn’t wanted by my grandmother. One night I came home from Show Choir and my grandma met me at the door. She said my dad just left but he had a baseball bat and was ready to take care of me. That was it. I had to go. This was my “grab my Mobile credit card and 36 cents” and head for the hills moment. I got my stuff and ran away never to look back.

This was right as “When The Heartache Is Over” was released. This is my absolute favorite song of yours and my personal anthem. This song literally gave me life and felt like it was written about my life. It was so autobiographical I couldn’t believe my favorite person (you) were singing this brand new song that helped me overcome! I was able to see you 6 times on the Twenty Four Seven Tour and after each show I felt like I could rule the world!

Some of that was a little deep so I’ll get a little lighter - you rock! I’m sure you already know that, but you are just an amazing person with fantastic music and a life that I’ve been able to draw strength from. I’ve been Tina Turner for Halloween. As editor in chief of my school newspaper, there was a Tina Turner related article in every issue my senior year. I’ve been able to perform your songs and was able to meet Rhonda as I was a featured performed for the Tina Turner Heritage Days. Oprah even selected me twice as one of your biggest fans and I was able to see you in Chicago on the show and also when you teamed up with Cher in Las Vegas. I’ve been able to see you 14 times in total and they were all amazing. When people think of Jarid, the first thing they think of is Tina Turner too! Some people aren’t sure where Tina ends and Jarid begins.

You literally saved my life on many occasions. Looking to you as a role model for going through similar situations was all that got me through on many days. I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for making your journey so public. I truly believe without you, I wouldn’t be on this earth today. I love you and happy birthday!!
Frederika Peperkamp from Arnhem (Netherlands) wrote on October 27, 2019 at 12:58 am:
Dear Tina,

My name is Frederika Peperkamp. I am Rubina’s mother. First of all I want to give you my love for your 80th birthday. I wish you many and healty years to come.

As a fan I want to tell you my daughters Tina Turner love story and how I experience it as her mother. When my girl was 7 years old and had to celebrate carnival in primary school, she said, Mama, I want to go as Tina Turner. So I did everything to make her as beautiful as possible. I didn't had to do much about her hair because she has a huge bunch of Tina Turner hair of her own.

When she was 10 or 11 she watched MTV and saw your clip with David Bowie. She said, Mama, I want to be like Tina Turner when I grow up. Her other friends were all fan of Madonna but not my daughter. She loved you so much, ever since she was a little girl.

She could identify with you I think because she is a mixed girl, raised in a white family. Her hair, her full lips, her slightly tinted skin, she could identify herself with you.
One day she came home from playing outside. She arrived with a wet roll of paper in her hands. She said look, it's Tina Turner mama. I found it in a container. There is a big crack in it so people have thrown it away. If you want to dry and stick it for me, I can hang it in my room. So I did it for her. For years this poster hung in her room until it fell apart from old age.
When she went to high school, she increasingly appreciated your music. She played cassette tapes and searched my old soul records to see if she could find records from you. She listend to your older records to just to hear your voice. At one point I bought all the Tina Turner albums I could find for her birthday. From now on she could play real albums instead of cassette tapes. She played your music day and night. When she woke up the first thing I heard was Tina Turner.

She searched the newspapers and magazines at her grandmother's. Every article she could find from you was neatly cut out and carefully stored in scrapbooks. I bought the book I Tina for her which she read in one day. I said, but now you have nothing left to read Ruby. She said no mama, I have to read this book a lot to understand Tina. I cannot say how often she has read it. She looks at you Tina from every single side. From which jewelry you wear to which clothing style. One day she wanted to wear a thumb ring so I gave her one. When she became an adult she bought pearls because Tina Turner wears them to she said. This went on and on. For my child you where a huge role model and who is better as a role model for a young girl than Tina Turner? I never worried about her immitating you.

She was 14 years old and for history she had to make a project. She said I'm going to make a project about Buddhism and she looked up every detail about Buddhism and incorporated it into her project. Her teacher gave her a huge compliment. My best friend read her project, became interested, and became a buddhist because of it.

In 1996 her dream became reality. She heard you were going on a world tour. She asked me if she could go to your concert in Amsterdam. I said that is allowed but you are not going alone. Her older cousin went with her to Amsterdam. The concert was live on television that time. Can you record the concert for me mama, she asked. Ofcourse I will, I said. I can tell you Tina. This girl has not slept from enthusiasm from the moment she had tickets for your concert. She was then 16 years old.

She really loves you very much Tina. That way she continued to visit your concerts. She was bullied at school at the time but as long as she had you she was fine. She could always comfort herself with your music, watching your interviews and concerts. In 2009 she came to me, now a 30-year-old woman. She said, mama, we're going to Tina at the Gelredome stadion. She had bought tickets for all three concerts. Ofcourse, she wanted to be at the front to see you as good as possible, so we were present hours in advance. When the doors opened, she said, Mama, I'm going to run for my life! I'll see you at the front. I'll keep a place next to me for you. She could run extemely fast from a very young age. This worked to her advantage because I saw her passing everyone who was running. She managed to get a place at the very front. She raised her hand so that I could see where she was standing. So we went to enjoy your shows all evenings together. The whole family is a fan of yours Tina, all through my daughter Rubina. After the concert, the lonely silence arrived. The end of your concert was emotional. You had said goodbye to the fans, including my daughter. Tears we’re running down her face as she smiled at the same time. However, she has never said goodbye to you. You will always be her number one, I know for sure.

When your second book came out, she bought and read it the same day. Shocked by everything you've been through these last years, she said, thankfully she has Erwin. Then the musical came. She went to Hamburg. She said mama, this is my chance to see Tina again. I really want to see her again. Just like many fans, she has been waiting for you for hours. She also went to London to see the musical. She said mama when the musical comes to the Netherlands I will take you there. I want to see it together with you. My daughter is now 40 years old. She came home and said. Mama we go to Tina together. I have Presale tickets for the musical in Utrecht and we are sitting front row. I was very happy. She looked at me recently and out of the blue she said. I need to see Tina mama. I need to see her and I want her to see me. I hope her dream comes true someday.

Happy birthday dear Tina!

Thank you for all your love and everything you have done! You are a precious soul! We are extremely proud of you and we love you!

Frederika Peperkamp
Annika Lindell from Landskrona / Lund, Sweden wrote on October 27, 2019 at 12:02 am:
To Tina, the one constant in my life,

My Love Story begins when I was 14 years old and my family got cable for the first time. There, on something called MTV, was Tina Turner, a woman I vagely remembered from Swedish TV in the past, galloping in slow motion across the screen on that beautiful horse. I was hooked!
The Foreign Affair album quickly became one of my most treasured possessions and still is...

What makes your music so important to me, Tina, is that it has always been my own. I was always the only Tina-fan at school, in my basket ball team, among my friends, which means the music was untampered with, pure, mine. It was healing magic when my heart got broken and it was a leap of joy for the happy times. When I was 22 and moved out, my mother said she would miss that old lady, referring to the stereo in my room always with your tunes audiable throughout the house.

As Luke Skywalker said: ”If there is a bright spot in the center of the universe, I am from the planet furthest from”. This is what it was like to be a fan in Sweden before the internet. Not much going on, unfortunately. One of my dad’s much older colleagues at that time also happened to be a fan and my dad borrowed a magazine in German (I don’t speak German), full of pictures and interviews, and a concert on VHS. This was huge!
Now with internet and this lovely fanclub there is so much material I have never seen before.

My first live concert happened to be the Wildest Dreams tour in Paris. I already had tickets to the concert in Copenhagen later that summer and I still remember the feeling months before, leaving the box office with my 2 tickets in my hand.
Back then I was a nursing student, still living at home. The reason I ended up in Paris was pure luck! Radio NRJ was giving away a full concert package to 10 of their listeners. All you had to do was to compete against one other listener on the air. They played 3 Tina songs and you had to be first to name them. Easy enough, but I was so nervous I could barely remember my own name when the intros started... But shortly after this, there I was in Paris, one of the happiest days of my life, watching you and Bruce Willis on stage! The next evening me and one of the other lucky winners were back for the second concert. Nursing student as I was I just had enough money left after that for the cab back to the airport. I was so happy!!

You and your music has been in my daily life since 1989.
My favourite songs has always been ” I don’t wanna lose you” and ”Look me in the heart” but there are so many songs I can’t go without for long. I am so happy ”Don’t turn around” was included in the musical. For 10 years it has been one of the wake up tunes on my phone’s alarm clock.
I have been a nurse for 22 years now, working in the surgical departmen. I can’t even enter our staff changing room without having to think of you first!
I got to see your last 3 world tours and a total of 7 concerts before you retired. It has been a privilege to have had the opportunity to experience you perform live!
I am 44 years old now and half way to retirement. This is the same age you were working on the Private Dancer album. This reminds me that it is never too late to make changes in life and to find love and happiness. You are amazing!!

Happy birthday!!
Love you forever,