Cher recalls her last visit with Tina Turner at her home in Switzerland and the gift she gave her before saying goodbye
Dear and the late Tina Turner were among the two most powerful female stars of their time over the past seven decades, dating back to the 1960s.
And along the way, the multi-talented singers and actresses developed a lasting friendship that began when Turner was in the midst of her abusive marriage to ex-husband Ike Turner (1962-1978).
After learning of his lingering illnesses over the past few years, many of which were very serious, Cher made a point of visiting him in his adopted hometown of Küsnacht, Switzerland, near Zurich.
“I started visiting her because I thought, ‘I need to dedicate this time to our friendship, so she knows we haven’t forgotten about her,'” she said, as reported. page 6.
While she and other friends have done their best to be consistent with their visits to see the queen of rock ‘n’ roll, it was during their last time together that the ‘Simply The Best’ star sent Cher home with a memorable gift.
Opening: Cher, 77, revealed the last gift Tina Turner gave her during her last visit to her home in Switzerland before her death on May 24 at the age of 83
Being the fashionistas they were at the peak of their careers, it makes perfect sense that she gave this particular gift she did in their last waning moments together.
“She gave me a pair of shoes the last time I saw her,” Cher, 77, revealed during her interview on The Beat with MSNBC’s Ari Melber, shortly after his death on May 24, at the age of 83.
‘What kind of shoes?’ he was asked, which encouraged a quick response. “Tina Turner shoes!” Cher laughed. ‘The big high heels she just got [walked] around as if they were nothing.
The If I Could Turn Back Time star then revealed that she and other friends take turns spending time with Turner, revealing how she thinks those visits “made her happy”.
Overall, she described the visits as happy visits full of conversation and laughter.
In a real show of strength, Turner was able to have a good time with her friends despite being really sick.
But eventually, near the end, she confesses to Cher, “I’m so ready,” in reference to being at peace with her impending death. ‘”I don’t want to put up with this anymore.”‘
Initially, the What’s Love Got To DovWith It star didn’t seem too open to visitors, as her health apparently continued to deteriorate.
“She gave me a pair of shoes the last time I saw her,” Cher revealed during her interview on MSNBC’s The Beat With Ari Melber shortly after her passing. the star is seen in April 2023
Last giveaway: ‘What kind of shoes?’ Cher was questioned, which encouraged a quick response. “Tina Turner shoes!” Cher laughed. ‘The big high heels she just got [walked] around as if they were nothing’; they are pictured together in 1990
Gal’s pal: Cher says she and Turner shared plenty of laughs during recent visits she had with her longtime friend following her string of serious health issues; we see them in April 1999
“She was having a great time despite the fact that she was really sick and she didn’t want people to know about it,” Cher explained.
In his final days, Turner had a dialysis machine by his side, which is used to clean the blood due to failing kidney health.
The iconic singer suffered from kidney failure due to long-standing untreated high blood pressure dating back to the late 1970s.
Ultimately, she would undergo a kidney transplant, suffer a stroke in 2013, which required her to learn to walk again, and be diagnosed with bowel cancer in 2016, among other serious health issues.
At the time of her death, Turner had been married to her husband Erwin Bach for almost 10 years.