The 81-year-old music icon met the former music executive, 65, in Germany over 30 years ago and has said she immediately felt her heart beating faster when she laid eyes on him, and knew straight away he was the one for her.
Speaking in HBO’s upcoming ‘Tina’ documentary, Erwin – who eventually married Tina in 2013 – said: “We met at Cologne [Bonn] Airport – actually it was Düsseldorf Airport [in Germany], and her manager Roger [Davies] asked me to pick up Tina.”
And Tina added: “He was [16 years] younger [than me]. He was 30 years old at the time and had the prettiest face. I mean, you cannot [describe] it. It was like insane. [I thought], ‘Where did he come from?’ He was really so good-looking. My heart [was beating fast] and it means that a soul has met, and my hands were shaking.
“So [my manager] Roger said to me, ‘Tina, you ride with Erwin,’ and I wanted to go, ‘Yay!’ ”
Erwin then explained he wasn’t “nervous” to drive Tina to her destination, but “enjoyed” being in the car with her.
He said: “We enjoyed the ride. I enjoyed driving the artist, actually a superstar. You’re normally a little nervous, but I wasn’t nervous either. I was just doing the job.”
Meanwhile, a previously released clip of the documentary saw the ‘Proud Mary’ hitmaker claim the “good” in her life has not outweighed the bad.
She said: “It wasn’t a good life. The good did not balance the bad. I had an abusive life, there’s no other way to tell the story. It’s a reality. It’s the truth. That’s what you’ve got, so you have to accept it. Some people say the life that I lived and the performances that I gave, the appreciation, is blasting with the people. And yeah, I should be proud of that. I am. But when do you stop being proud? I mean, when do you, how do you bow out slowly?”
And now Tina wants a chance to say goodbye and have “closure” with her superstar life.
Erwin added: “She said, ‘I’m going to America to say goodbye to my American fans and I’ll wrap it up’. And I think this documentary and the play, this is it – it’s a closure.”