Singers Ike and Tina Turner, 1974
In 1974, husband-and-wife singing duo Ike and Tina Turner got into a vicious spat before a concert in Dallas. Ike allegedly started the fight by slapping the back of her head, according to Tina's memoir. When the two emerged from a limousine, they each were severely bloodied and bruised with Tina's eyes almost sealed shut and Ike's nose bloodied. Tina described it as the one time she fought back against her husband.
"The problem is that there are two sides to every story and they only printed the bad side," Ike told The Times in 1991 on the day he was released after 18 months in prison for probation and drug-related violations. "I regret that I've screwed up my life, but I'm not ashamed of nothing I did."
"I took everything God gave me for granted: Tina, my family, my career," Ike said in a later interview
. "When me and Tina broke up, man, I panicked. I got so insecure. I thought the public would reject me without her. I knew I was in real bad shape, but I couldn't stop."
Tina filed for divorce in 1974 and the 14-year marriage officially ended in 1978. (Michael Ochs Archives / Getty Images /January 1, 1960)
Rihanna dresses provocatively -- it's the perennial dog-bites-man pop music story. And the Barbados-born singer certainly lives up to that reputation in a new GQ feature, posing for its cover wearing, well, not a whole lot.
But the actual article has a more novel tidbit of information, gleaned as the singer flacks her sultry and simmering new album, "Diamonds." Writer Jay Bulger (in his first GQ feature - that's a heck of an assignment!) trails Ms. Fenty for a night of clubbing and along the way gets her first candid comments about the infamous Chris Brown-Drake brawl that erupted at a New York nightclub in June.
In that scuffle, Brown sent a bottle of champagne to the table of rival MC Drake, to which Drake sent back a note implying he was having relations with "the love of your life."
"There's no proof of that being for my love. That's my answer to that question," she told Bulger.
The night veers closer to the dramatic as Brown turns up at the nightclub they're attending, but all in all the story captures the side of Rihanna she most wants to present right now - sexual prowess, emotionally reserved, a glint of the manic hiding behind a curtain of unattainability.
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