Tina Turner revealed that her husband saved her life in her new autobiography, Billboard reports. In Tina Turner: My Love Story, she discussed her battle with kidney disease and said in 2016 her kidneys had gotten to a point where they were only functioning at 20 percent. This not only scared her, but her husband as well, German music executive Erwin Bach.
Her kidney was “plunging rapidly” and Bach surprised his wife when he said he would give her his kidney.
In her book, the 78-year-old said she was shocked by him “saying that he wanted to give me one of his kidneys” and that she was “overwhelmed by the enormity of his offer.”
The surgery took place in April 2017, but Turner continues to face health struggles as her body has been having a hard time adjusting to its new organ.
Bach and Turner have been married since 2013, and during their marriage Turner has faced many health battles, including cancer. According to her book, she had a stroke three weeks after she and Bach married, which left her unable to walk.
“I was too embarrassed to call for help,” she wrote. “Legs for days and muscles of steel from dancing, but I didn’t have the strength to get up. Terrified, I dragged myself over to a sofa, all the while thinking that I couldn’t imagine Tina Turner paralyzed. I doubted that I would ever be able to wear high heels again, let alone dance in them.”
Three years later she was diagnosed with intestinal cancer, and when she rejected traditional treatment for homeopathic treatment instead, it led to kidney failure.
Tina Turner: My Love Story will be released on October 16th, 2018.
While excerpts of her autobiography were released today (Oct. 6), Turner is not done telling her story to the world. Besides the 1993 autobiographical film What’s Love Got To Do With It and now the book Tina Turner: My Love Story, there is also the musical based on the “Proud Mary” singer’s life “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.” “Tina” kicked off in London last year and will be making its way to Broadway next fall, the NY Times reports.
“It’s really important to me to have the chance to share my full story,” Turner said about the musical on its website. “This musical is not about my stardom. It is about the journey I took to get there. Each night I want audiences to take away from the theatre that you can turn poison into medicine.”
Before the musical hits New York City, it will be opening in Hamburg, Germany in March of 2019.