It was probably quite a surprise to most X Factor fans — it certainly was to us — to meet contestant Audrey Turner last night. Not because Audrey herself was shocking, but because she’s, uh, Ike Turner’s widow! Y’know, Ike as in Ike and Tina? What’s Love Got to Do With It, Ike Turner. Who expected that?
It turns out that Audrey was a backup singer/collaborator with Ike for years before the pair wed in 2006. Ike passed away in December 2007 at the age of 76. His life was a tumultuous one, filled with drug addiction, criminal activities, and accusations of abuse, along with what he sometimes claimed were as many as 13 marriages!
Audrey spoke fondly of her late husband on her blog: “Ike Turner was God's child his musical gifts that were bestowed upon him will continue to shine and live on through out history,” she wrote.
From what we know about Ike, we can only assume that Audrey is well-equipped to deal with whatever craziness she’ll experience for however long she stays an X Factor contestant — which, based off of her talent and years of professional experience, we’d guess will be for awhile.
Check out this 2005 vid Audrey with her famous late husband: