Tina Turner has spoken out about her choice to become Swiss in an advert for the Swiss state-owned telecom company – and the accompanying publicity interviews. The famous singer claims she’s “always acted pretty Swiss”.
Since 1994, Turner has lived with Erwin Bach in Kusnacht, a wealthy Zurich suburb. They married at their home in 2013, the same year the star surrendered her American citizenship.
In the Swisscom advertexternal link, she describes how “Switzerland felt like home right away. It’s just perfect. People respect each other’s privacy here, take care of each other”.
Turner, 74, takes great care to protect her privacy and rarely speaks to the media. To coincide with the release of the advert, however, Turner gave an interview in Englishexternal link to the Swiss newspaper Blick.
Asked if there were any downsides to Switzerland, Turner said, “I found out I liked everything [about Switzerland] before I gave away the [US] passport! I have everything here that I need”.
Describing the process of obtaining her Swiss citizenship, Turner said it was “very difficult and very time consuming”.
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