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Tina Turner Seeking Swiss Citizenship

Rep says singer will give up U.S. citizenship

January 26, 2013 5:40 PM ET
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Tina Turner attends an Armani fashion show.
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Tina Turner is in the process of trading in her American passport for a Swiss one, ABC News reports. The singer's petition for Swiss citizenship was recently approved by her local council after she passed a civics test and interview.

Turner has been living in the Zurich suburb of Kuesnacht since 1995, after moving to the country with her longtime manager, German record executive Erwin Bach. "I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here," Turner told the German newspaper, Blick. "I cannot imagine a better place to live." A representative for Turner told Switzerland's Zuerichsee-Zeitung newspaper that the Tennessee-born 73-year-old was making the move in order to "clarify her situation." "Tina Turner will therefore also give back her U.S. citizenship," the rep said.

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Although the Kuesnacht government has given the green light, Turner's new citizenship still needs to get approval from Swiss federal and state authories. 

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