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Tina Turner Reportedly Giving Up U.S. Passport to Become Swiss

According to the Swiss media, Tina Turner, who has been living in Switzerland since 1995, will give up her U.S. passport in exchangetina turner for Swiss citizenship.

“I’m very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. … I cannot imagine a better place to live,” Turner told German language newspaper Blick.

International Magazine France24 reports:

Turner, 73, who was born Anna Mae Bullock, lives in picturesque town of Kuesnacht, on the shores of Lake Zurich in northern Switzerland, and has passed a local civics test and interview, according to an official announcement published in the Zuerichsee-Zeitung daily.

The woman behind such hits as “Private Dancer”, “Simply the Best” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” will still need a green light from the canton of Zurich as well was federal authorities before she can receive red passport, the two papers reported.

 Tina Turner’s spokeswoman, Karin Rhomberg, confirmed that Turner will become a Swiss citizen.

“Tina Turner will therefore also give back her US citizenship,” she said.

Turner reportedly moved to Switzerland in 1995 when her longtime beau, German record executive Erwin Bach, was transferred there.

What do you think of Tina Turners decision? Does it make sense, especially considering how long she’s been living in Switzerland? Or would you have preferred her to maintain her American citizenship? Have you ever considered becoming an expat,  and saying goodbye to America?



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