January 25, 2013 1:39pm PT by Seth Abramovitch
Tina Turner Pursuing Swiss Citizenship
Sorry, America: Tina Turner thinks Switzerland is simply the best.
The 73-year-old music icon is close to being granted citizenship to the mountainous European country, where's she's been living since 1995 in Kuesnacht, a suburb of Zurich.
According to a Swiss newspaper Zuerichsee-Zeitung, Turner has passed the civics test and interview that stands between her and a Swiss passport.
A rep for the singer told Zuerichsee-Zeitung that Turner wanted to "clarify her situation," according to the Associated Press.
"Tina Turner will therefore also give back her U.S. citizenship," her rep said.
The singer -- born Anna Mae Bullock in Nutbush, Tenn., as anyone who has seen What's Love Got to Do With It can attest -- moved to Switzerland with her longtime manager and romantic partner, German record executive Erwin Back, seen here together in a 60 Minutes interview with Mike Wallace from 1996. The two have been living in a lake house called Chateau Algonquin.
The mayor of Brownsville, Tenn., which encompasses Nutbush, told Fox 411 that the news of the citizenship swap came to her as a "surprise."
“I think anytime a person, whether they’re world-renowned or the most meek and mild, makes the decision to change their citizenship, we need to step back and think what causes that decision," Mayor Jo Matherne said.
The change is not yet official: The decision still needs to be approved by the Swiss federal authorities before the red passport is awarded.