Lita escaped from ‘Ike and Tina’ marriage
Lita Ford has likened her marriage to ex-bandmate Jim Gillette to the tumultuous relationship between Ike and Tina Turner – and believes her new lease of life is a gift from God because she survived.
The guitarist is set for a tour with Def Leppard and Poison to promote new album Living Like a Runaway, and says her life is massively different from when she released 2009′s Wicked Wonderland, which she now describes as “more of a JIm album”.
Now recovering after a messy divorce, Ford says working with Gillette was similar to the unbalanced and sometimes violent relationship the Turners lived through before their 1976 split.
She tells Sleaz Roxx: “It really was like Ike and Tina, completely. It was incredibly awkward for me. I believe in working with your spouse, in supporting your spouse in whatever they want to do.
“Just don’t do it for them. You have to drawn the line somewhere. I got to the point where I could no longer function – I sat back and let him do his thing.”
She reveals they regularly argued after press interviews: “When he was done I’d say something, then I’d get int trouble for whatever I’d say.
“It got to the point where I said, ‘You know what? I can write a Lita Ford album – I don’t need someone to write a Lita Ford album for me’.”
The guitarist says the split with Gillette was “terribly difficult, frighteningly difficult,” and recently revealed she was being blocked from seeing the couple’s two children. But having come through the experience she’s positive about the future and her current release.
“I feel like God has dropped this whole album in my lap,” she says. “He’s given me this tour with Def Leppard and I’m going with it.”
Ford has previously referred to her unhappiness about the fate of a late 80s album, The Bride Wore Black, that was never finished and never released. Now she’s given up hope of the work ever being heard.
“It was kind of a concept album,” she says. “I came close to finishing it. There are tapes sitting on my old record company’s shelves. But I don’t think it will ever see the light of day – the company had gone through so many changes at the time and the album got caught up in all the house-cleaning that was taking place.”