Singer James Blunt plans to become Swiss because he 'loves skiing and good food' (but forgets to mention it's a millionaire's tax haven)
- The multi-millionaire bought a chalet in Verbier ski resort in 2005 and has lived there for the last five years
- He says: 'As soon as the authorities will let me I would like to become Swiss - Verbier is my home'
- A former British Army officer, he captained the Household Cavalry alpine ski team in Verbier
By Allan Hall
PUBLISHED: 08:42 EST, 11 December 2012 | UPDATED: 08:45 EST, 11 December 2012
British singer James Blunt said he wants to become a Swiss citizen after living in the tax-friendly country for the last five years.
'As soon as the authorities will let me, because I don’t know if I’ve been here a sufficiently long time, I would like to become Swiss,' he told a Swiss newspaper at the weekend.
'Verbier is my home,' said the 38-year-old multi-millionaire who bought a chalet in the ski resort in 2005.
Singer, songwriter, skier, foodie: James Blunt wants to become a permanent citizen of tax-friendly Switzerland because he 'loves skiing and good food'
He made a guest appearance in town on Saturday opening up a restaurant called The Cow.
Blunt said opening the restaurant, located at 2,730 metres with panoramic views, was the fulfillment of a dream.
'I love skiing and good food,' he said, adding: 'I am a horrible cook'.
A former British Army officer, he captained the Household Cavalry alpine ski team in Verbier and eventually became a champion of the entire Royal Armoured Corps.
Blunt has spoken of taking a break from his musical career, propelled in 2005 when the multimillion album seller, Back to Bedlam, first brought him to fame. His three albums have sold 18 million copies.
'Verbier is my home': Blunt said his New Year's Eve plans would involve running around the picturesque resort 'disguised as a cow'
'I love skiing and food': The 38-year-old multi-millionaire, performing (left) in Montreux, Switzerland, bought a chalet in the resort in 2005 (stock image, right)
Meanwhile, Blunt revealed his unusual plans for New Year’s Eve: 'I want to run around the resort disguised as a cow.'
It might take his mind off ugly rumours that surfaced in the UK last month linking him to a tax scandal, insisting attempts to question his contribution to the nation's finances are a 'witch-hunt'.
The You're Beautiful star hit headlines when it emerged his name was on a leaked list of Hsbc bank customers with an offshore account on the Channel Island of Jersey.
The list, which also contains the identities of several other high-profile Brits, has sparked a tax probe by officials at Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs, but Blunt is adamant his banking practices are legitimate and insists he pays his fair share into the U.K.'s public purse.
In a post on Twitter.com, the singer wrote; 'I have an account at Hsbc Jersey which has always been declared to Hmrc, and I pay my taxes. Witch-hunt.'