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Tina Turner to become Swiss citizen

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Singer Tina Turner is set to surrender her U.S. passport and become a Swiss citizen.

Turner, who was born in Tennessee, has lived in Kuesnacht, just outside of Zurich, since 1995. She recently petitioned the local council to grant her citizenship, and now she is to be made a legal resident of the country as soon as state and federal officials sign off on the order.

The 73-year-old's spokesperson, Karin Rhomberg, tells local newspaper Zuerichsee-Zeitung, "Tina Turner will therefore also give back her U.S. citizenship."

The decision is expected to be finalized by the end of the year. Turner has often spoken fondly of the European nation and she was previously quoted telling German publication Blick, "I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. ... I cannot imagine a better place to live."

The diva isn't the only star to give up citizenship of her native country. Gerard Depardieu famously accepted a Russian passport earlier this year after fiercely criticizing politicians in France over plans to hike up taxes for the country's most wealthy residents.

6Comments
Jan 26, 2013 8:04AM
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So what if she wants to leave this country! It's her right! Good for you Tina, go where every race is respected!
Jan 26, 2013 7:55AM
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Dear Ms. Turner,

 

    Don't let the door hit you on the **** on your way out.

 

Sincerely,

Enoch

 

Jan 26, 2013 7:51AM
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Just watch!  The second "EXODUS"!  And Moses will get to WATCH ths one!
Jan 26, 2013 7:44AM
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Well, its hard to lose a stand out icon such as Tina Turner. Through song Tina brought out in the open that being abused has nothing to do with being loved. For that, I've always respected her and how well she keeps herself, how lively her performances. Please tell me it's tax purposes sending her away? Then again, I can see wanting to leave America. It's dangerous to live here today... like being in a war zone. You will be missed, Tina. Enjoy your life there. S
Jan 26, 2013 6:31AM
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It's her choice. She has been there for so long, that is a logical choice. Good luck Tina and God Bless!!!
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