Here, LISA BURROW reveals how the world's most glamorous grandmother keeps on rocking...
She's back - and she's looking better than ever! After a five-year break from performing and recording Tina Turner is strutting her stuff again with a new album and a spectacular six-month European tour.
And, as you can see from our exclusive photographs, she's in stunning shape.
The 56-year-old grandmother is the envy of women half her age.
But she is the first to admit that her incredible looks don't just happen by accident.
To prepare for the gruelling tour - which will include at least 60 dates - she's given up junk food and coffee, makes sure she gets 10 hours sleep every night and, as a Buddhist, rids herself of stress by chanting.
Ironically, the tour is sponsored by Cadbury's so Tina has been forced to stash away countless boxes of chocs until her stage shows have finished.
She says: "If you want to look good you've got to care about yourself.
"You can't do it for your husband or your man. You have to look in the mirror and want to look good to yourself.
"Put on something to make you look as good as you can when you get up in the morning.
"It all starts from there and you can't give up just because you have a family and responsibility for the kids and the house."
For the past 10 years, the man in Tina's life has been 39-year-old German Erwin Bach.
They met when Erwin, now head of EMI Switzerland, was sent by Tina's record company to deliver a Jeep to the star.
"It wasn't one of those jump straight into bed situations," says Tina. "But from the first time I saw him, my palms went wet.
"I went after him. If I hadn't, our relationship might never have got off the ground."
Tina's chasing was a success and the pair now live together in a rented flat in Zurich, where friends say they are blissfully happy.
"Being with Erwin I have discovered how to love a man and how to trust a man for the first time in my life," says Tina.
Her messy divorce from husband Ike in 1976 is one of showbusiness's most notorious splits.
Tina says she was routinely beaten by Ike and his cocaine addiction turned him into an "evil possessed person".
He branded her frigid and "a cold mother".
But now Tina has put the bad times behind her. "I don't have time for bitterness. You can't have time for bitterness when you are trying to be successful," she says.
Her positive outlook works - she's proved it. Her latest album - Wildest Dreams - went platinum in seven countries within two weeks of its release.
The tour started in Paris on May 3 and Tina arrives in Britain on June 30 when she plays the first of seven UK concerts, in Edinburgh.
In July she has two dates at Wembley Stadium - the first time she has performed there.
"To play at Wembley Stadium - where I've seen U2 and Bruce Springsteen perform - will be the crowning glory of the tour," she says.
"I never thought I'd be up there in front of 72,000 people."
Tina knows exactly what her audience wants.
"They want to see my legs, the big hairstyle, the red lips and all the things that have made me famous," she says.
"When I started, people thought I was being sexy for the men but I'm not. I'm there for my audience - the men and the women.
"I'm not trying to be sexy to turn anyone on. I just want everyone to have a good time for that moment.
"I worry about the people at the back who only see the little images. They don't really see what the girls look like or what the guys are doing or the expressions on our faces.
"It's so important that people see things like that."
There's no doubt Tina loves her fans - particularly in Britain.
"When times were tough after Ike and I split up and I didn't have a record deal, my British fans stood by me," she says.
"I had such a loyal following they helped me rebuild my career when it mattered.
"Now I can't wait to come back and perform in a place I love."
TINA'S BRITISH TOUR DATES ARE:
Sunday June 30: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Friday July 12: International Stadium, Gateshead
Saturday July 13: Alton Towers
Sunday July 14: Cardiff Arms Park
Thursday July 18: Don Valley, Sheffield
Saturday July 20 and Sunday July 21: Wembley Stadium
Ticket prices start at pounds 25. Phone the 24-hour ticket hotline on 0171 420 1000 for more information.
YOU LUCKY PEOPLE
HERE'S your chance to see Tina Turner live at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, July 21.
We've got five pairs of tickets to give away - worth pounds 25 each! - courtesy of Horseman Travel.
Just send a postcard to the Tina Turner People Competition, Marketing Department, 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP. Don't forget to include your name and address!
The first five postcards drawn at random after the June 1 closing date will each receive a pair of tickets. Normal Mirror Group rules apply with no cash alternative.
Although this show is now a sell-out at the box office, Horseman Travel have a limited number of tickets still available. For more details phone 01734 753890.
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|Publication:||The People (London, England)|
|Date:||May 26, 1996|
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