EXCLUSIVE PHOTO: Tina Turner's Pre-Tour Body
05/01/2008 AT 04:30 PM EDT
"I was at the Armani show in Milan just chatting with Sophia Loren. I told her I was taking a break. She said for how long … I said oh, seven years. She said, 'Break over. People want to see you. Get back to work,' " Turner says on the May 8 episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Her famous fans weren't alone in their zeal for Turner's return: "After [performing at] the Grammys when I got home to Zurich, people would come up to me in the restaurant, in the ladies room, on the street … everywhere. I started getting lots of little slips of paper and napkins with notes from fans. Some of them were so touching about my life, or a song and how it helped them. Each time I kept the note ... and suddenly there was a pile. I called my manager and said, 'It's time! '"
– Mary Margaret