The world is mourning the loss of one of the greatest rock legends of all time, Tina Turner. The Queen of Rock and Roll officially renounced her US citizenship a few years ago before making the permanent move to Switzerland. (unilad.com) Turner’s love for Europe was not only due to her success in the music industry but also because of her partner, Erwin Bach, a German music producer and former executive of EMI.
In a resurfaced interview with the late Larry King filmed in 1997, Tina explained why she had fallen in love with Europe. “I have left America because my success was in another country and my boyfriend was in another country,” she told King. (unilad.com) “‘Private Dancer’ was the beginning of my success in England and basically Europe has been very supportive of my music.”
Turner’s love for Europe was not only due to her success in the music industry but also because of her partner, Erwin Bach. “I went to England for a couple of years. And then I met a man [that’d be Erwin] and I lived three years with him in his country in Germany. Then I bought a house in a main town in the South of France and I’ve started to rebuild that, so I’m in and out of there.”
Turner and Bach wed in 2013, shortly after which, the ‘Private Dancer’ singer renounced her American citizenship and became a Swiss national. (unilad.com) Zurich, Switzerland, became their home, and Turner was happy there. (unilad.com) (unilad.com) After news of Tina’s passing broke, flowers and candles were laid outside of Tina and Erwin’s Zurich villa.
Swiss President Alain Berset paid tribute to Turner following her devastating loss, tweeting that his ‘thoughts are with the relatives of this impressive woman, who found her second homeland in Switzerland.” Tina’s love for Europe and her partner, Erwin Bach, made her renounce her US citizenship and become a Swiss national. Her legacy will continue to live on as one of the greatest rock legends of all time.