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February 6, 2009 - March Issue

Woman & Home

UK Magazine

The queen of rock 'n' roll, Tina Turner talks to woman and home about her final tour at the age of 69, her amazing life journey and her incredible legs!

Tina Turner on touring I can't believe I'm standing on a stage at this age. I'm getting up on stage, shaking my booty, dancing fit to burst! Every few seconds I keep thinking, “What am I doing? How did this happen? Why aren't I at my wonderful home in Switzerland, lying on the couch, watching 24 with my man and eating a bowl of pasta? Am I insane?”

I was perfectly happy not being Tina Turner for the past eight years. I didn't miss the stage, the singing, the outfits, – I didn't miss any of it. I'd got to the point where I was tired of being Tina and wanted a break. I wanted to enjoy my life, to enjoy my homes in Switzerland and France. I basically spent years doing nothing and I loved it. But here I am again. And, you know what, I'm loving every minute of being back!

Tina Turner on her life journey People think my life has been tough, but I think has been a wonderful journey. The older you get, the more you realise it's not what happens, but how you deal with it.

I was a little girl who grew up with a dream of being a singer. I came from a poor farming community. In the 40s and 50s, there wasn't this idea that there is today that anyone could be famous. It was pretty much unheard of. Yet I was this little skinny black kid who felt sure it would happen to me.

When I met Ike, it happened. We became famous and my life changed, but it was still tough. Back then, performers didn't get any special treatment – especially black performers. We just didn't stop. I look back and I smile about those days because I learnt a lot of lessons back then that have stood me in stead for the rest of my life.

Being beaten up by Ike was as bad as it could get, but I don't let those days haunt me. A lot of me got broken – ribs, nose, bones, a lot of bones. It was a lot to do with drugs and everyone knew about it. All I thought about was coping with it, getting on with my singing, and the children. You just push yourself through it.

Tina Turner on looks Age is no issue to me. I think 50 is the new 30 and 70 is the new 50. There are no rules that say you have to dress a certain way or be a certain way. We're living in exciting times for women.

When people think of Tina Turner, they think of the voice, the hair – but mainly the legs. I still wear a short skirt on stage – that's the only thing that works for me. I've tried other clothes but I just can't move if I feel restricted. My legs are still in good shape. They're still holding me up, they're still working. And, if I don't get them out, people are disappointed.

My greatest beauty secret is being happy with myself. I don't use special creams or treatments – I'll use a little bit of everything. It's a mistake to think you are what you put on yourself. I believe that a lot of how you look is to do with how you feel about yourself and your life. Happiness is the greatest beauty secret.

Tour dates Tina Turner is performing in the UK and Ireland on the following dates: B 3, 4, 7, 8, 11 March, The O2 Arena, London B 26, 27 March, The O2, Dublin B 30, 31 March and 3, 4 April, MEN Arena, Manchester B 7, 8 April, National Indoor Arena, Birmingham B 11, 12 April, The O2, Dublin. For tickets, go to tinaturnerlive.com

Read this interview in full in the March issue of woman&home magazine. Tina reveals more about her amazing life journey, her life with her partner in Switzerland and how she stays looking so fantastic! Don't miss it!

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