Tina Turner opens up on how it feels to reach milestone 80th birthday

Tina Turner opens up on how it feels to reach milestone 80th birthday

- Singer Tina Turner turned 80 years old on Tuesday

- She posted a Twitter video reflecting on her life to celebrate the milestone

- The living legend was also wished well by her celebrity friends

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Legendary singer Tina Turner turned 80 years old on Tuesday.

She recorded a video birthday message to her fans to celebrate this milestone.

The Private Dancer singer was excited to have reached 80 despite her many health challenges.

She has suffered a stroke, intestinal cancer and kidney disease in recent years.

Turner said, "Yes, I'm 80. How did I think I would be at 80? Not like this. How is this? Well, I look great, I feel good, I've gone through some very serious sicknesses that I'm overcoming.

"So it's like having a second chance at life. I'm happy to be an 80-year-old woman."

A few celebrity friends also recorded birthday messages for the star, including musician Ringo Starr.

Starr said, "Tina is incredible. Happy birthday, Tina Turner! Peace and love."

Rapper Missy Elliot also left Turner a message, calling her an "inspiration" and someone who "paved the way".

The What's Love Got To Do With It? hit-maker retired from performing ten years ago.

At the time, Turner explained, "I (am) just tired of singing and making everybody happy. That’s all I’d ever done in my life."

Turner has indeed been singing since she was a little girl, performing at church and small talent shows.

She got her big break when she teamed up with ex-husband and fellow performer, Ike Turner.

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They had a tumultuous marriage which included spousal and drug abuse on Ike's part.

However, their recordings and on-stage performances were undeniably fantastic.

Rolling Stone rated them the number two greatest duo of all time.

When Turner eventually left Ike, she was in her 40s and almost completely broke.

She managed to reinvent herself as a solo artist and came out with the hit song Private Dancer in 1984.

She then met her current husband, Erwin Bach, and moved to Switzerland with him.

Turner was recently in New York City to watch the opening night of a Broadway play based on her life - Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.

When asked how she felt about the play, the superstar said, "This musical is my life but it's like poison that turned to medicine. I can never be as happy as I am now."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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