Tina Turner celebrated her 80th birthday by giving her fans a gift via a special video uploaded to Instagram, where she spoke of her struggles, her strength, and her wishes for the future.
“Yes I’m 80,” she said in the social media clip, which was uploaded with the hashtag “#Tina80.”
“How did I think, what did I think, I would be at 80?” questioned the music and performing legend, who began her professional career way back in the 1950s. “I look great. I feel good. I’ve gone through some very serious sicknesses which I am overcoming. It’s like having a second chance at life. I’m happy to be an 80-year-old woman.”
Fans reacted quickly to Tina’s message of joy and happiness, sent her their own personal greetings for a happy and healthy 80th year of life and applauded the ageless entertainer for her spirit and tenacity.
“You are so beautiful! 80 looks good on you! Happy Birthday!” said one social media user of the iconic and forever beautiful entertainer.
A second fan of the “What’s Love Got to Do with It” singer commented, “Simply The Best. I love you.”
“You’re a beautiful person inside and outside,” commented a third Instagram fan of the glow Tina always appears to radiate.
Iconic entertainer Cher, a longtime pal of Tina’s, took to Twitter to post a message of well-wishes and love for her friend. She shared a sweet personal note on the social media sharing site alongside one of her favorite personal photos of the two women together.
HAPPY♥️????♥️BIRTHDAY @LoveTinaTurner MY AMAZING FRIEND.WE’VE BEEN THROUGH A LOT “MAGICAL ONE.I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU,YOU GIVE ME STRENGTH,YOU ARE A FORCE,A????HURRICANE, A ⚡️LIGHTNING⚡️STRIKE,A LEGEND????????,AN ICON”????,YOU ARE MY HERO✨????✨,
YOU ARE MY FRIEND????
Fave Pic pic.twitter.com/eVpZ0e0fGu
— Cher (@cher) November 26, 2019
Rapper Missy Elliott also shared her sentiments on Twitter in honor of Tina’s trailblazing career. Missy noted the hard work the singer and dancer put in to blaze a path for female artists such as herself in the industry.
.@LoveTinaTurner We Celebrate your 80th today! It’s so IMPORTANT for us to KNOW OUR HISTORY in music because of artist like #TinaTurner who KICKED DOWN DOORS & left them open for artist like MYSELF & MOST of your FAVS???????????? WE ❤️ YOU TINA ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/OluFh1bLLJ
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) November 26, 2019
Reporter Ariana Huffington posted a snapshot of a quote by Tina, where the entertainer revealed the secret to her everlasting beauty that continues forward as she enjoys her 80th year of life.
— Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) November 26, 2019
Over the past several years, Tina has battled against both kidney failure and cancer, reported The Mirror, as well as the death of her son Craig to suicide in 2018.
In 2013, Tina reportedly suffered a mild stroke after marrying German music executive Erwin Bach and had to learn to walk again, claimed The Mirror. Just three years after, she was diagnosed with kidney failure and intestinal cancer. Erwin reportedly gave the singer one of his own kidneys, and she recovered from a transplant operation in early 2017.
Despite all the challenges she has faced throughout her storied life in the public eye, including an abusive marriage to musician Ike Turner, a constant throughout their marriage and their rise to the top of the music charts with hits like “Proud Mary” and “River Deep, Mountain High,” Tina has never lost the sense of self that has powered her through her many personal obstacles.
“I like me very much. When I look in the mirror and my skin glows back at me, I think, ‘Wow, that sure is pretty.’ I have a simple, childlike view of life, and I want to keep it,” Turner told Oprah in the May 2005 issue of O Magazine.