Saturday, January 26, 2013
Tina Turner renounces her U.S. citizenship
American singer Tina Turner reportedly renounced her U.S. citizenship to become a Swiss citizen. She has lived in the Zurich suburb of Kuesnacht since the mid-1990s and speaks fluent German.
The local Zuerichsee-Zeitung newspaper said on its website that the local council announced its decision to grant the 73-year-old Turner citizenship in an official notice published in Friday's edition. The decision still requires formal approval from state and federal authorities.
Turner’s rep did not respond immediately to ABCNews.com’s request for comment, but she told Zuerichsee-Zeitung that the singer wanted to “clarify her situation”.
“Tina Turner will therefore also give back her U.S. citizenship,” her rep told the Swiss newspaper.
After the announcement, Turner told German newspaper Blick, “I am very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. I could not imagine a better place to live.”
The singer, who has sold 200 million records, first came to Zurich with her longtime partner, German music manager Erwin Bach. They live in a lake house called Chateau Algonquin.