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OTRC: Tina Turner relinquishes U.S. citizenship

Tina Turner and then-boyfriend Erwin Bach appear at the Palais Harrach Reception in Vienna, Austria on Nov. 15, 2012. The two married in July 2013. / Tina Turner appears at the 2012 Christmas Concert at the Auditorium Conciliazione in Rome, Italy on June 5, 2013. (CONTRAST / Alessandro Serrano / Startraksphoto.com)

Iconic soul and pop star Tina Turner has formally relinquished her U.S. citizenship, months after she was sworn in as a citizen of Switzerland, where she lives with her new husband.

The 73-year-old Tennessee-born singer of hits such as "What's Love Got To Do With It?" and "Simply The Best" has been living in the European country for almost 20 years. She became a Swiss citizen in April and wed German music executive Erwin Bach in July at her mansion on the banks of Lake Zurich. In October, she signed a document stating she relinquishes her U.S. citizenship voluntarily, the Washington Post reported.

The newspaper said that the singer had become a Swiss citizen with the intent to lose her U.S. citizenship and that she had in her statement declared that she no longer has any strong ties to the United States "except for family, and has no plans to reside in the United States in the future."

The Washington Post added that by choosing to relinquish, rather than renounce her U.S. citizenship formally, Turner will avoid taxes and penalties.

Turner and her current husband have been together for about 27 years. She was previously married to fellow singer Ike Turner, who died in 2007. The two divorced in 1978.

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