Tina Turner Relinquishes Her American Citizenship


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Singing legend Tina Turner has formally relinquished her American Citizenship.

The singer, who has been living in Switzerland for over twenty years, has declared that she has no ties to the United States “except for family, and has no plans to reside in the United States in the future.” Therefore she is cutting all ties with the U.S.

The Washington Post reported that the 73-year-old was in the U.S. Embassy in Bern, Switzerlandin on October 24 to sign her Statement of Voluntary Relinquishment of U.S. Citizenship under Section 349 (a)(1) of the INA (the Immigration and Naturalization Act).

Turner, born Anna Mae Bullock, was born in Tennessee, but later moved to St. Louis, Missouri where she met her first husband, Ike Turner. Tina and Ike performed together for years and there names became simultaneous. They recorded "Ooh Poo Pah Doo" and "Proud Mary" together, along with many others. After enduring a 14 year abusive marriage to Ike, she made the tough decision to divorce him in 1976.

On April 10, Turner took the oath of Swiss nationality. Then in July, she married Erwin Back, her boyfriend of 27 years and a German music producer. The couple has been living together in Zurich, Switzerland since 1995.

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