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Tina Turner: Why Is She Relinquishing Her U.S. Citizenship?

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Tina Turner is cutting her ties with the U.S.

The R&B belter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who was born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tennesee, went to the U.S. embassy in Bern, Switzerland, on Oct. 24 to sign a so-called "Statement of Voluntary Relinquishment of U.S. Citizenship under Section 349 (a)(1) of the INA [Immigration and Naturalization Act]," the Washington Post reports.

Turner, who turns 74 on Nov. 26, has lived in Switzerland for almost 20 years. In July, she married Erwin Bach, a German music producer she began dating in 1986.

Bach has worked with the likes of Paul McCartney, Radiohead, Petshop Boys, Queen, and Pink Floyd.

Turner's plans to receive a Swiss passport were announced in January. In April, she passed the mandatory citizenship test that quizzed her on Swiss history and the German language. She became a Swiss citizen on April 22.

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Turner told German newspaper Blick that she considers Switzerland home. "I'm very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here … I cannot imagine a better place to live," she said.

According to the U.S. embassy in Bern's activity report, Turner said she did not have plans to live in the U.S. in the future and her family was her only strong tie to her native country.

Turner is not renouncing her U.S. citizenship, though, the Post clarifies. The "relinquishment" statement means that she received the "Swiss citizenship with the intent to lose her U.S. citizenship."

What's love got to do with it? Sound like pretty much everything. Auf Wiedersehen, Tina!

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