When Tina Turner was 15, she fell in love with her childhood friend, then-17-year-old singer Tina Smith.
Smith’s father, David, had moved the family to New York City and, according to the late singer, became a successful real estate developer.
Smith and Turner had been dating for more than two years, and had become friends.
When David died, Turner was just shy of graduating high school, so Smith had decided to give her the go-ahead to pursue her dreams.
The pair made plans to move to New Orleans and, when they moved in together, Smith was pregnant with her first child.
In the spring of 1985, Turner attended a performance of “The Great Gatsby” in New York.
The next morning, as she walked through the streets, a man approached her.
He told her that he’d been watching her and was jealous.
The man, according the New York Post, said, “I’ll be in New Orleans, too, but I want you to go in for a date.”
Turner agreed, but soon realized that her boyfriend, who had been sleeping with her, was still in New Jersey.
Turner told her friend, “Oh my God, this is so sad.
I’ll never go to New Jersey.”
The man was arrested, and Turner and Smith were charged with prostitution.
But their relationship didn’t end there.
“We were still getting married and he was pregnant, and we were going to have our first child together,” Turner told the New Yorker in 2005.
“So we were living this whirlwind of romance.
And he was just so happy to be with us, so happy.
And I’m like, Oh my God.
He’s gonna be so happy.”
The couple had been married for just one month when Turner was arrested for soliciting sex.
“It was just a total shock,” Turner said.
“He was just living so well, living in New Rochelle, New Jersey, living his life.
It was just the craziest thing.”
She was charged with soliciting prostitution and, after pleading guilty, was sentenced to two years in jail.
“I was living my life,” she said.
And that was the beginning of Turner’s love affair with music.
“When I first met him, I thought he was a really cool guy,” Turner, now 72, said.
But Turner also found that her feelings for Smith were reciprocated.
“That was one of the first moments I felt comfortable being with him.
He was like my rock,” Turner recalled.
Turner also began writing songs and performing her own songs.
She had her first hit single, “My Name Is Turner,” in the fall of 1985.
The song was a big hit in the city and she also released her debut album, The Music Never Stopped.
Turner went on to release three more albums, including 1986’s The Love Machine, which included hits like “Baby Blue,” “My Baby,” and “I Wish You Love.”
In the mid-’90s, Turner also produced her own music, releasing several singles.
“The Love Machine” is credited as one of her best songs, but Turner admitted that she wasn’t always happy with her songwriting.
“As soon as I came up with that song, I was so happy that it was so good,” Turner says.
“But I think that I just never felt satisfied with the songs that I was writing.
I would go to a studio, and I’d make the songs and I just couldn’t really enjoy them.
I was just like, I’m not happy with this.
I’m going to do something else.
And so I was doing a lot of things, like doing the music video for ‘I Wish I Could Go Back to New Roches,'” Turner said of the video for her song. “
And then the next day, I came back and I was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s a great song, but there’s no way I’m doing that.’
And so I was doing a lot of things, like doing the music video for ‘I Wish I Could Go Back to New Roches,'” Turner said of the video for her song.
“She was like a mother to me.
She was very supportive, and it just made me happy to hear that.
I really did feel like she was a good mother.”
But it was Turner’s music that helped catapult her into the limelight.
“My song ‘I Wanna Go Back’ is my favorite song of mine,” Turner once said.
She said the song became an anthem for her desire to return to New Brunswick, New York, the city where she grew up.
“They had just started the new school system, and they had just made New Rochers a new city.
And they had a new song that I loved, ‘I Want to Go Back.’
And I had written that song to go back to New Brunswickers and sing it there,” Turner explained.
The video for “I Wannabegoue’ came out in the summer of 1989, and was a smash hit.
It reached No. 1 in the country and