Per a new interview with the BBC, Tina Turner spoke about her relationship with late son Craig, who committed suicide back in July at the age of 59. The 78-year-old music legend opened about how things were going for her son before he died, saying that he was in a new relationship that he was excited about and just obtained a new high-profile job. She was under the assumption that he was in a good place when he truly wasn’t.
“I still don’t know what took him to the edge,” she said, “because at that stage he had said to me that he had never met a woman that he felt that way about.”
“He was bringing her to meet me [for] his birthday in August,” she added. “He had decorated his apartment, that I bought him years ago. He had gotten a new job with a prominent real estate company in California, [which] he was very happy with.”
Considering all of those positive changes, she said she can’t really figure out the reason he would have felt the need to take his life.
“I have no idea what pulled him down, except something that followed him with loneliness. I think it was something with being alone,” she said. “But when I think that, why didn’t he call the new girlfriend that gave him the lift?”
No one knows what could have been going on privately that spurred Craig’s decision, but thinking back on some of the last conversations she had with him, Tina realizes now that there were some signs she missed.
“He was an introverted person, he was very shy, so I didn’t know either, except now when I listen back to our last conversations, I notice a change,” she said. “The last few times we talked, the conversations were different, and I didn’t know that until after the suicide.”
Despite still grappling with trying to understand her beloved first-born son’s decision, Tina did say earlier this month that she had done the work to make peace with it.
”I handle it with acceptance,” she said. “I remember all the moments when he visited me here. Like all boys, he was a little bit of a pest, but he was still my son! I remember the good things and the bad.”