Ike Turner’s 13th Wife Details Beatings & Says She Understood Why He Beat Her

Posted On : August 2, 2018

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The late Ike Turner stated quite often that he was married a whopping 13 times in his 76 years of life. Ike was always quite a character and was very candid about his struggles with addiction, sexual abuse as a child, and his abusive actions toward some women in his life. We all know Tina Turner’s story and now Ike’s last wife/his background singer, Audrey Madison Turner, has told her story in her memoir, “Love Had Everything to Do with It.” According to Audrey, one of the things she wants people to understand the most when reading her book, is the reason WHY Ike used to beat her. This should be interesting. See what Audrey explained below.


Audrey Turner did an interview with Afro and stated that her husband, Ike, used to beat her because he had bipolar disorder, which caused severe mood swings and his cocaine use only exaggerated the problem. He didn’t find out he was bipolar until much later in life, after Audrey (whom Ike began dating in the early 2000’s) convinced him to go to a psychiatrist. Audrey said:

“I decided to write [the book] because it was like a cleansing and it released all of the trauma. Also, I wanted the general public to have a better outlook and perspective on where Ike was mentally and emotionally, because so often, as a nation, we turn on people who have mental health issues and define them by their behaviors rather than their condition. It is easy to create monsters in people’s imaginations, but when you speak of this same person as generous, good-hearted, and kind, or as troubled, people realize that they are similar or have family members whose behavior is ‘that way.’

Ike suppressed a lot and between the chemical imbalances and the cocaine, paranoia set [in and] took over his life.”


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Audrey was able to recognize, and live with, Ike’s beatings because she said that her mom was the same way, but was never officially diagnosed:

“My mother would fly into a rage and hit me, and then come back a little while later, and hug me, and call me her pretty little girl… and I began seeing that in Ike. One minute we’re talking and the next he’s slapped me, and then just as quickly, he was apologizing and we are both making excuses for why he did it,” Turner said. “I saw the connection and convinced him to get a professional diagnosis,” says Audrey.- via Afro


After Ike Turner passed away in 2007, Audrey; Ike’s friend, attorney James Clayton; and Ike’s kids battled it out in court over the strange wills Ike supposedly left behind. Audrey presented a handwritten will she said Ike wrote two months before his death, which included her as a beneficiary. Clayton presented a handwritten will he said Ike wrote in 2001, which excluded Audrey and left Ike’s estate in the control of Clayton and one of Ike’s kids. Ike’s kids also argued that because Ike left no valid will, their dad’s estate should automatically go to them. We don’t know who won, but the journey to get there sure was interesting, to say the least.
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