TINA Turner enjoyed a quiet Swiss life after leaving America.
The “Queen of Rock n’ Roll” tragically passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2013, at the age of 83 in Küsnacht, Switzerland.
Why did Tina Turner move to Switzerland?
Tina Turner was born on November 26, 1939, in Brownsville, Tennessee.
However, over the last three decades, she had been living in Switzerland with her second husband, German native Erwin Bach.
Prior to her 2013 marriage to Bach, the music legend had been married to Ike Turner from 1962 to 1978.
The R&B superstar left the United States to reside in a quieter environment where she could find more privacy.
According to ABC News, Turner “unapologetically moved to Switzerland for its discretion and calm, carrying her very public persona into a very private country.”
As per the publication, Küsnacht’s mayor Markus Ernst said by phone: “One of the reasons she came to Switzerland was to have a completely normal life.
“She could go to restaurants without being photographed all the time … in the street, people didn’t stare at her or ask for her autograph.”
ABC News also stated: “Neighbors didn’t gawk, hound her for autographs or snap photos. Many Swiss felt a sense of pride that she could retreat here from the pressures of the media spotlight.
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“It afforded her the semblance of a normal life after a turbulent one in her native United States, including at the hands of her late former husband Ike who discovered her, married her and — according to her memoirs — violently beat her.”
In a 1997 CNN interview with the late Larry King, Turner said: “I have left America because my success was in another country and my boyfriend was in another country.”
She continued: “Basically, Europe has been very supportive of my music.”
The icon added that Europe had been “hugely” more supportive of her music than America.
When did Tina Turner move to Switzerland?
According to ABC News, Turner moved to Switzerland in the mid 1990s and gained citizenship with the European country in 2013.
As per Page Six, that same year, the singer “went as far as to renounce” her citizenship with the United States.
Turner had a positive impact on her Swiss community.
Following her death, Swiss President Alain Berset shared a tweet in which he honored the late star.
According to ABC News, President Berset referred to Turner as an icon and said his “thoughts are with the relatives of this impressive woman, who found a second homeland in Switzerland.”
Where was Tina Turner’s Swiss estate?
Turner and Bach owned multiple Swiss properties.
Turner’s longtime Swiss home is located in the municipality of Küsnacht, not far from Zürich.
Page Six reported that Turner and Bach also bought a “sprawling waterfront estate” in Zürich less than two years before the soul singer’s death.
The couple paid $76million for the impressive property.
According to the outlet, at the time, Bach told local newspaper Handelszeitung that he and his megastar wife chose to purchase more property in the mountainous country after they gained their Swiss citizenship.
He said: ““[We] feel very comfortable in Switzerland.”
The couple reportedly planned to use the expensive property as a “new weekend retreat in the immediate vicinity.”
According to Page Six, the property includes five acres of land and ten “different structures,” as well as “its own private pond, stream, swimming pool and boat deck.”
On Wednesday, May 24, 2023, Turner passed away at the couple’s Küsnacht home.
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