She’d Be Excited’ When Her Time Is Up: Oprah Winfrey Recalls Tina Turner Words

“I am a better woman, a better human, because her life touched mine,” Winfrey said of Tina Turner, who passed away on Wednesday at the age of 83.

Oprah Winfrey has paid tribute to her late friend Tina Turner.

Following the news of Turner’s death on Wednesday, Winfrey, 69, posted a carousel of photographs on Instagram of herself with the music star over the years.

“I started out as a fan of Tina Turner, then a full-on groupie, following her from show to show around the country, and then, eventually, we became real friends,” she captioned the post. “She is our forever goddess of rock ‘n’ roll who contained a magnitude of inner strength that grew throughout her life.”


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She added how Turner was “a role model not only for me but for the world” who “encouraged a part of me I didn’t know existed.”

The television personality shared how the “What’s Love Got to Do with It” singer inspired her to live courageously.

“Once she claimed her freedom from years of domestic abuse, her life became a clarion call for triumph,” she explained. “I’m grateful for her courage, for showing us what victory looks like wearing Manolo’s and a leather miniskirt.”

She continued: “She once shared with me that when her time came to leave this earth, she would not be afraid, but excited and curious. Because she had learned how to LIVE surrounded by her beloved husband, Erwin, and friends.”

Winfrey concluded her heartfelt message by revealing how she had become “a better woman, a better human, because her life touched mine. She was indeed simply the best.”

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