Tina Turner Applies for Swiss Citizenship

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Singer Tina Turner is giving up her American passport to become a citizen of Switzerland, according to news reports.

“I am very happy in Switzerland, and I feel at home here. I could not imagine a better place to live,” Turner told the Blick, a German newspaper. Turner, once part of the duo of Ike and Tina Turner, has lived since the mid-1990s in Kuesnacht, Switzerland, a suburb of Zurich.

Zuerichsee-Zeitung, a Lake Zurich, Switzerland, web portal for regional newspapers, reported that local authorities have approved Turner's citizenship application. State and federal authorities, however, must give their individual thumbs up.

The 73-year-old Turner was born Anna Mae Bullock on Nov. 26, 1939, in Nutbush, Tenn. She was married to Ike Turner from 1962 to 1978. Tina Turner has two children, Ronnie Turner and Craig Hill.

Tina Turner moved to Switzerland in 1994. She lives with her partner, Erwin Bach, a German music executive whom she met at a record label party in London in 1985. The two began dating shortly after meeting and have been together since.

While Turner's primary residence is in Kuesnacht, she also owns property in Los Angeles, London, Cologne, Germany, and on the French Riviera.

In October 2008, Turner began her "Tina! 50th Anniversary Tour," performing to sold-out crowds in 40 different cities in the United States and Europe. The concerts were attended by 100 million fans and grossed over $100 million.

Tina Turner still performs, but there are reports she plans to retire.