Tina Turner Renounced Her American Citizenship, Here’s Why

The world is mourning over the devastating news that Tina Turner died at the age of eighty-three at her home in Switzerland.

And since then, the reason why the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll relinquished her American citizenship has come to light.

Turner was known to have been suffering from a number of health issues, including having suffered cancer, a stroke and kidney failure in recent years.

A representative for the star confirmed to the Daily Mail that Turner died of natural causes.

The Tennessee native’s career was one which helped to define an era of music. She first rose to fame with hits such as ‘Proud Mary’ and ‘River Deep, Mountain High’ in the 1960s. During this time, she worked heavily with her husband Ike, but the pair divorced in 1978 after a tumultuous marriage which was marred by his abuse.

By the 1980s, Turner made a huge comeback to the music industry. In 1984, her track ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ hit number 1 on the Billboard charts, and even went on to win the Grammy for Record of the Year. Aged forty-four, this track made her the oldest woman to ever top the Billboard 100.

Her career continued to flourish, with tracks such as ‘GoldenEye’, ‘The Best’ and ‘Better Be Good To Me’ seeing Turner stay in the charts. She even went on to star in movies, such as Tommy and Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. In 2018, her life story was adapted into a jukebox musical called Tina.

Her death was announced by her team in a heartbreaking Instagram post.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Tina Turner,” it began.

“With her music and her boundless passion for life, she enchanted millions of fans around the world and inspired the stars of tomorrow. Today we say goodbye to a dear friend who leaves us all her greatest work: her music.

“All our heartfelt compassion goes out to her family. Tina, we will miss you dearly.”

Turner’s final public appearance was back in November 2021, when she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist.

“Hi, everybody, it was really special when I heard that the Hall of Fame was giving me a trophy,” Turner said while sat next to a piano.

“If they’re still giving me awards at eighty-one, I must have done something right. Yeah, this is mine, only I don’t care of you now,” she joked.

“I’m very happy to have this and to have achieved this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” she added with the statue in hand. “It’s great. Thank you.”

She also marked the event with an Instagram post of the occasion, which she captioned: “As you can surely tell from my beaming smile: I am thrilled to now be officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. What an honor!

“I am grateful to so many beloved people who believed in me and stood by me on my journey here – especially you, my fans. Keep on rocking!”

Fans of the icon will already be aware that the star gave up her American citizenship to become a Swiss national, and a video of Turner explaining why has resurfaced since her passing.

She made it clear that she left America because her accomplishments were thriving elsewhere.

Erwin Bach, a German music executive, and Turner’s boyfriend at the time had moved to Switzerland for work-related reasons. Turner made clear that she had always wanted to live in Switzerland, and once she wed Bach, she voluntarily renounced her American citizenship to get Swiss citizenship.

Notably, the pair lived in Switzerland for a while before deciding to get married. They even invested in a Swiss “weekend retreat” in January 2022 to further cement their relationship in the beautiful country.

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