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Tina Turner to become Swiss, give up US passport: report

25th January 2013, Comments1 comment


US pop legend Tina Turner, who has been living in Switzerland since 1995, will soon receive Swiss citizenship and will give up her US passport, Swiss media reported Friday.

"I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. ... I cannot imagine a better place to live," Turner told German language daily Blick.

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.

Turner spokeswoman Karin Rhomberg told the Zuerichsee-Zeitung that the singer wanted to "clarify her situation".

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

Turner, who has learned German, reportedly moved to Switzerland in 1995 when her longtime partner, German record executive Erwin Bach, was transferred here.


© 2013 AFP

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  • 30th January 2013, 13:21:17 losones posted:
    Two questions to the Swiss authority considering her application for Citizenship:

    1. Will the 73 year old Tina Turner be exonerated from having to sit the Swiss citizenship test, based on questions about Swiss politics, history, fluency in the local language, etc. ?
    2. On the Swiss passport will her name be Anna Mae Bullock, country of origin USA or her name changed by deed poll to Tina Turner ?
 

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