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Here's Why Tina Turner Renounced Her American Citizenship And Lived In Switzerland For The Past 30 Years

Not gonna lie, Switzerland does look beautiful though. Ya gotta love those Alps.

One of my favorite Tina Turner fun facts is that she renounced her US citizenship.

A closeup of Tina singing while wearing a short sequined dress

For those who don't know, Tina had been living in Switzerland since the mid-'90s.

tina at an event standing next to an easel with a painting

A clip of her on Larry King Live in 1997 is going viral of her explaining why she left America.

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"I have left America because my success was in another country, and my boyfriend was in another country," the singer said.

closeup of tina during the interview

"Basically, Europe has been very supportive of my music,” she elaborated.

“But you’re a major star here, you’re a superstar in America,” Larry King said back. “Not as big as Madonna. I’m as big as Madonna in Europe. In some places I'm as big as the Rolling Stones," she replied.

She emphasized this success to 60 Minutes: "No one in America knows [about] that [my success in Europe.]"


In 2013, Tina married German music producer Erwin Bach, became a Swiss citizen, and renounced her American citizenship.

Tina arriving at an event

So, ultimately, I guess we can blame Madonna for this one*.

closeup of tina