Tina “Tiny Dancer” Turner becoming Swiss citizen

When citizens renounce their citizenship there must be good reasons in most instances. In the case of Gerard Depardieu it is taxes. In the case of “Tiny Dancer” Turner the question is still a question.

What Gerard Depardieu is to France, Tina Turner may be to the United States.

The Nutbush, Tenn. native is giving up her US passport, in favor of a Swiss one.

“I’m very happy in Switzerland and I feel at home here. … I cannot imagine a better place to live,” Turner told the German newspaper Blick.

Turner has lived in the Zurich suburb of Kuesnacht since the mid-1990s. The local Zuerichsee-Zeitung newspaper said on its website the local council announced its decision to grant the 73-year-old Turner citizenship in an official notice published in Friday’s edition.

The decision still requires formal approval from state and federal authorities.

Turner’s rep told Zuerichsee-Zeitung the singer wanted to “clarify her situation.”

“Tina Turner will therefore also give back her US citizenship,” she said.

Depardieu announced he was renouncing his French citizenship because of the country’s high taxes, and he was offered Russian citizenship by President Vladimir Putin.

When informed of Turner’s decision, the mayor of Brownsville, Tenn., the largest town in Haywood County, of which Nutbush is an unincorporated area, said she was “surprised.”

“Tina Turner — as she has gotten worldwide fame — has never forgotten her roots,” Mayor Jo Matherne told FOX411. “We’ve been in recent contact with some of her people talking about some projects we have in Brownsville.”

Matherne said she was unsure how residents would react to the news of Turner’s citizenship swap.

“I think anytime a person, whether they’re world-renowned or the most meek and mild, makes the decision to change their citizenship we need to step back and think what causes that decision,” Matherne said.

Note to Tina: could you please take Sean Penn and Matt Damon with you … please, please, please. Spare anymore of their embarassing idiocy. We will in turn forgive you for this irritating attempt at music.


  1. Betty Butter

    I like the Swiss tax structure the best. Proportionally, most of your tax dollars go to the local community and the least goes to the national government.

  2. Whoopie

    “What’s love got to do, got to do with it?”

    You see what happens when the rich celebrity elites finally get the Socialism they advocated? They run away to avoid paying their “fair share” leaving the rest of us to suffer. Expect more Hollywood loudmouths to bail the US.

    Good riddance!

  3. I was wondering that too. We have a residence in Campione d’Italia which is an Italian enclave in Switzerland, there is no way I’d give up EU citizenship for Swiss citizenship, I can live and work in Switzerland as an EU citizen and pay Swiss taxes, but i look up the US accord. $$$$$$$$$$ That’s why she’s a Swiss Citizen, she can travel to the US without having to pay US taxes.

    • G8RFN


      If ever on doubt, follow the money. I believe you are quite correct in your assessment. It has to be a tax thing without a doubt. If things keep going the direction they are here, she will not be the only one.

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