The late Tina Turner revealed who her celebrity crush was a little over a month before her death. The iconic musician died on Tuesday at age 83 after battling a long illness.
In an interview with The Guardian at the beginning of April, Turner said, “I always had a crush on Mick Jagger. I loved when we toured with the Rolling Stones.”
On Wednesday, Jagger took to Twitter to honor Turner after she passed.
“I’m so saddened by the passing of my wonderful friend Tina Turner. She was truly an enormously talented performer and singer,” Jagger wrote alongside several images of Turner.
Tina Turner revealed a month before her death that her celebrity crush was Mick Jagger. (Photo by Lynn Goldsmith)
Jagger and Turner performed several songs together, including, “Honky Tonk Woman,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” and “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.”
In 1989, the pair performed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, honoring the Rolling Stones.
“As the Queen of Rock’n’Roll,” she said in April. “As a woman who showed other women that it is OK to strive for success on their own terms.”
Tina Turner and Mick Jagger rehearsed their duet for the Live Aid concert at JFK Stadium in July 1985. (Photo by Peter Carrette Archive)
The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s death was announced Wednesday on Instagram. Turner died Tuesday, after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland, near Zurich, according to her manager. She became a Swiss citizen a decade ago.
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“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow. Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music. All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”
With admirers ranging from Beyoncé to Jagger, Turner was one of the world’s most successful entertainers, known for a core of pop, rock and rhythm and blues favorites: “Proud Mary,” “Nutbush City Limits,” “River Deep, Mountain High,” and the hits she had in the ’80s, among them “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “We Don’t Need Another Hero” and a cover of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together.”