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Tina Turner applies for Swiss citizenship

Published: 10:46AM Saturday January 26, 2013 Source: Reuters / BANG Showbiz

  • Tina Turner (Source: Reuters)
    Tina Turner - Source: Reuters

Soul music legend Tina Turner has taken the first steps toward giving up her US passport and becoming a citizen of Switzerland, the country she has called home for nearly 20 years.

The Zurich suburb of Kusnacht has approved Swiss citizenship for the Proud Mary singer, pending confirmation from other authorities in the country, a spokeswoman for Turner said today.

Turner, who was born in Tennessee, moved to Switzerland in 1995 to join her German-born record producer partner Erwin Bach and has lived there since.

She enjoys the privacy she receives there and has no plans to live elsewhere, the spokeswoman said.

"I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here," Turner, 73, was quoted as telling the Swiss daily newspaper Blick.

The eight-time Grammy winner retired from performing after her last tour, which ended 2009.

Her hits with Ike Turner and as a solo artist include What's Love Got To Do With It, Private Dancer and River Deep - Mountain High.

Turner is not the only celebrity to change their citizenship in recent times.

Gerard Depardieu - who moved to Belgium in December over his anger at French President Francois Hollande's proposed 75% tax hike on the super-rich - officially became a Russian citizen earlier this month after President Vladimir Putin accepted his request to become a national.

Kremlin officials confirmed the news on Twitter, posting: "Vladimir Putin signs order giving Gerard Depardieu Russian citizenship."

Asterix and Obelix actor Depardieu is well-known in Russia and a regular in TV ads for Sovietsky Bank.

Depardieu moved to tax-friendly Belgium last month, declaring in an open letter that he planned to turn over his passport and French social security card because of Hollande's new tax on millionaires.

France's civil code states that a person must take up a new nationality in order to relinquish their French citizenship.

He ranted: "We no longer have the same homeland, I am a true European, a citizen of the world, as my father always taught me to believe."