Tina Turner’s expert comeback when asked if she ‘deserves’ her success resurfaces after death

An interview with Tina Turner from 1996 has gone viral in the wake of the legendary singer’s death.

The “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll” died aged 83 on Wednesday 24 May. In a statement, a representative for the “Proud Mary” singer announced that she had died at her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland.

“Tina Turner, the ‘queen of rock ’n’ roll’ has died peacefully today at the age of 83 after a long illness in her home in Kusnacht near Zurich, Switzerland,” their statement read. “With her, the world loses a music legend and a role model…With her music and her inexhaustible vitality, Tina Turner thrilled millions of fans and inspired many artists of subsequent generations.”

As celebrities and music lovers paid tribute to the music icon, one 60 Minutes interview filmed at Turner’s estate in the South of France has resurfaced. On social media, many fans are now praising Turner for her expert response when asked if she “deserves” all of her success.

In the 1996 interview with CBS’60 Minutes, journalist Mike Wallace is taken through Turner’s former home in Nice, France. As the singer showed off her home’s infinity pool and French Riviera views, Wallace asked her: “Do you think you deserve all this?”

Turner simply replied, “I deserve more,” before bursting into laughter.

On Twitter, one fan wrote in response to the resurfaced interview moment: “She’s absolutely correct.”

“Considering where she came from, what she went through, and how she triumphed, you bet your a** she deserved it and more!” another said.

Although Tina Turner was born in Brownsville, Tennessee, she spent much of her decades-long career living in Europe, where she owned homes in Switzerland and along the French Riviera. Before taking up primary residence at her Swiss estate in 1995, Turner gave Architectural Digest a tour of her villa in the South of France in 1999.

The Mediterranean-style home came complete with a basement spa, movie theatre, and a sunken amphitheater on the front terrace.

On Wednesday, Turner died at her rental property in Kusnacht, Switzerland. She lived with her German music executive husband and longtime partner Erwin Bach in Chateau Algonquin, a magnificent estate overlooking Lake Zürich. Bach, whom Turner married in 2013, told a Swiss newspaper in 2022 that he and Turner had decided to buy more property in the European country after gaining their Swiss citizenship. Less than two years ago, the pair purchased a $76m (£61m) waterfront estate in Switzerland as a weekend retreat, keeping the chateau as their main residence.

Turner moved to Switzerland in 1995 with Bach. In 2013, three months after marrying Bach and receiving her Swiss passport, Turner relinquished her US citizenship.