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30 Celebs Whose Real Names You Will Never Guess

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If some stars’ names sound too good to be true, that’s because, most likely, they are.

Believe it or not, a lot of celebs change their names when they enter the entertainment industry. Whether it’s because fans have a crazy hard time pronouncing them, or there’s a childhood nickname that just stuck over the years, plenty of famous faces switch up their monikers. 

Some stars, like Miley Cyrus and Frank Ocean, have even made their name change legal. The way Frank Ocean sees it, “None of us are our names. If you don’t like your name then change your name.”

And it seems like a lot of other singers and actors agree with him. 

Jennifer Aniston, Lady Gaga and even Jamie Foxx reinvented themselves by making the switch years ago, and now it’s weird to even think that they could go by anything other than their stage names. 

Keep scrolling to see the 30 stars who have made a living under a new moniker!

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Eilleen Regina Edwards

Shania Twain shared the origin story of her stage name during an appearance on Apple Music’s Home Now Radio: “In short, I was born, Eilleen Regina Edwards, and then I was adopted and I became Eilleen Regina Twain. Then I became a professional singer and I needed a stage name that sounded a little less like my grandmother’s name, because I’m named after my grandmother, both my grandmothers, Eilleen and Regina. I think, in my mind, I was just not really wanting to be called my grandmother’s name onstage, so I decided to change it to Shania Twain. I met somebody with the name Shania, thought it was beautiful, and Shania Twain was born.”

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Belcalis Almanzar

Cardi B took on the name Bacardi after family and friends started calling her sister Hennessy. Later on she shortened the name to something that suited her quite a bit more.

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Jelena Noura Hadid

Oddly enough, Gigi Hadid got her stage name in school when the teacher would confuse her and a girl named Helena. Since her mom called her “gigi” as a term of endearment at home, she told the teacher to just call her Gigi and it simply stuck. 

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Mark Vincent

If you’re looking for an explosive action-star name, how about Vin Diesel instead?

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Rachel Meghan Markle

Before she became the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was briefly known as Rachel. 

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Destiny Hope Cyrus

Miley Cyrus‘ bright smile is what inspired her childhood nickname, Smiley. Eventually the name was shortened to Miley and it stuck. 

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Peter Gene Hernandez

Apparently the singer looked more like a Bruno than a Peter, so one day his dad started calling him Bruno. Ever since, he has been known as Bruno Mars.

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Stefani Germanotta

Before the meat dresses and chart-topping music, Lady Gaga was just an everyday girl from New York.

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Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon

Turns out Reese isn’t even Reese Witherspoon‘s middle name. The actress chose the moniker in honor of her mother, whose maiden name is Reese.

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Elizabeth Woolridge Grant

Every artist has an alter ego, and Lana Del Rey just happens to be the persona of choice for the singer. 

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Christopher Edwin Breaux

In 2014, Frank Ocean legally changed his name because, why not? 

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Elizabeth Stamatina Fey

A little known fact about 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey is that she is actually named Elizabeth. The comedian made a not so subtle tribute to her birth name by naming her character Liz Lemon.

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Calvin Broadus

This pioneer of West Coast rap would later go on to be known as Snoop Dogg.

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Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor

Turns out the “Royals” singer is really into learning about the aristocracy, hence the reason why she chose the name Lorde, but with a feminine ‘e.’

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Enrique Morales

Before he started shaking his bonbon for the masses, music superstar Ricky Martin went by this everyday name.

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Amethyst Kelly

It’s hard to believe that Iggy Azalea was born Amethyst Kelly!

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Adam Richard Wiles

Fans were confused when Taylor Swift thanked then-boyfriend Adam in an acceptance speech, which lead people to the discovery that Calvin Harris is simply a stage name. The DJ told Shortlist magazine he chose the name because his first single was more soulful and wanted something a bit more “racially ambiguous.”

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Jennifer Anastassakis

Before she became a household name, this was what erstwhile Friend Jennifer Aniston answered to.

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Alicia Augello Cook

Alicia Keys didn’t always have such a musical name.

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Thomas Mapother IV

Before he became arguably the biggest movie star in the world, Tom Cruise went by this name.

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Natalie Hershlag

Back when she was born in 1980, this was how the future bigtime actress Natalie Portman greeted the world.

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Amanda Lee Rogers

Before she became a big-time TV star and married Ellen DeGeneres, this was the name Portia de Rossi answered to.

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Reginald Dwight

Guess music superstar Elton John didn’t think his original name would be a hit with audiences.

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Nicole Camilla Escovedo

Check former Paris Hilton BFF Nicole Richie‘s birth certificate and this is the name you’ll see.

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Paul Hewson

All it took was a nickname from some high school friends, and U2 frontman Bono‘s famous moniker was born.

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Tara Patrick

We agree. Carmen Electra is much more effective when it comes to selling a sexy Baywatch persona.

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Eric Bishop

True, Jamie Foxx just seems more fitting for an Oscar-winning Hollywood party guy.

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Demetria Gene Guynes

Before she’d starred in dozens of huge Hollywood movies and married two Tinseltown A-listers, this was the name Demi Moore went by.

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Shawn Carter

Jay-Z is definitely a more fitting name for a hip-hop impressario.

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Brian Warner

If you want to work a ghoulish persona, we agree, a name like Marilyn Manson will work much better.

Who else feels like changing their name now?

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Word on the Street: This Is the Shadiest Real Housewives of Potomac Gift Guide

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Whether you’ve been watching The Real Housewives of Potomac since its debut or if you’re late to the party, we can all agree that it is nothing short of iconic. The shade-throwing is unparalleled, the meme-worthy material never stops, and these women always bring it. RHOP is finally getting the recognition it deserves and the best way to celebrate that (aside from watching the show) is with some Potomac-themed gifts for your fellow fans… or yourself.

If you’re the “baddest thing walking and the smartest one talking” à la Gizelle Bryant, we found jewelry to honor the catchphrase and even a baby onesie for the mini RHOP viewers in your life. If you channel Karen Huger as the Grande Dame of your city, then here’s the perfect glass for you. We even found the resorts and hotels from the cast trips just in case you really wanted to treat yourself with a Bravo-inspired experience. 

If you automatically associate Corona Light with Ashley Darby, you’re dying to know what was in Monique Samuelsreunion binder, or you are “so glad Juan Dixon is not here right now,” do your best Wendy Osefo-inspired slither through our Real Housewives of Potomac gift guide. If you miss out on this list, then you might have to blot your tears with a folded napkin just like Candiace Dillard Bassett‘s signature move.

Real Housewives of Potomac inspired Weekly Planner Page: Digital Download

Organizing your week and planning ahead can actually be fun with this RHOP-inspired planner. There are sections for your shopping list, to-do list, workout goals, and some cartoon renderings of your favorite Housewives. This item is available as a digital download, which means you will get instant access to it (no waiting for shipping!) and you can print it out as many times as you want. There’s even a black and white version that comes with your purchase. If you want to add your name or other personalized details, there are options to customize it for an additional cost.

Monique’s Binder of Receipts Journal – Ruled Line

Unfortunately, this is not Monique’s actual binder of receipts, but it does have the same tabs.  You can use this journal to take notes in class, write down personal reminders, or carry around some shady receipts about your frenemies. 

Real Housewives Potomac Heavy Duty Drink Alcohol Pouches With Straw- Set of 5

These drink pouches are perfect to sip from while you watch the show or for any social gathering. They’re decorated with Real Housewives of Potomac quotes, which adds fun to every situation.

RHOP Cast T-Shirt & Mug

This t-shirt has Karen, Gizelle, Robyn Dixon, Ashley, and Candiace’s faces on it. And if you love this design, but you don’t want a t-shirt, there’s a mug with the same graphics. It’s perfect to start your day with some “Coffee and Love” à la Ashley.

Wendy and T’Challa Laptop Skin

One of the most hilarious feuds of Season 5 was between Wendy and Monique’s pet bird T’Challa Samuels. Who could ever forget when he spooked her at the lake house? It’s just one of those moments that will always make you laugh no matter how many times you watch. This laptop skin is available in different sizes to accommodate several Macbook, PC, and Surface devices.

‘Is Jamal Coming?’ T-Shirt

The answer to this question is usually “no,” but it’s always fun to ask. This t-shirt with Karen’s super shady question is available in navy blue, pink, purple, red, grey, and more colors.

ENDI Unisex Crewneck Sweatshirt – RHOP – Karen Huger

Gizelle accused Karen of wearing faux Fendi. Karen insisted that she got her clothes tailored and that’s why the “F” was cropped off. It doesn’t really matter who was right because that “Endi” confusion is just too funny. This “Endi” sweatshirtavailable in red, black, and grey.

Baddest Walking & Smartest Talking Baby Bodysuit

Start them young with this onesie decorated with Gizelle’s Season 4 tagline. It comes in pink, blue, black, purple, and yellow.

Juan Dixon Tote Bag

Everyone is glad when Juan Dixon is here, but this quote was instantly iconic, making this tote both fun and useful.

Real Housewives of Potomac Unisex Sweatshirt – RHOP

This collegiate-style sweatshirt is a comfortable way to rep your favorite show. It’s available in black and white.

Where Juan At? Doormat

This quote is the gift that keeps on giving. There’s no better way to welcome fellow RHOP viewers to your home than with this Robyn-inspired doormat.

Where Juan At? Baseball Dad Hat

Sure, this is (probably) overkill, but this quote will never not be funny. You might as well wear it on a hat.

Karen Huger Gizelle Bryant Bravo Sweatshirt

Karen is constantly uttering legendary lines. Who wouldn’t want to wear this quote on a sweatshirt?

Real Housewives of Potomac Coloring Book

Give yourself some relaxation (and some laughs) with this Real Housewives of Potomac coloring book. You can color moments including T’Challa’s first encounter with Wendy and Monique whipping out that reunion binder.

Personalized ‘The Grande Dame of YOUR town’ Stemless Wine Glass

Channel your inner Karen every time you sip out of this personalized glass. You can put your town/city on the cup and choose the font color. 

The Real Housewives of Potomac Ashley Darby Don’t Ruin Your Momma’s Table Zipper Pouch

Ashley came for Candiace’s finances during an infamous Season 4 fight, where Candiace waved a butter knife around. If you want to commemorate that episode, get this zippered pouch. And if you really want to embody the episode, you can use the zip-up as storage for your butter knives.

‘I gave her a beverage’ magnet and mug

After Candiace and Ashley’s Season 4 screaming match, Candiace lamented that she “gave her a beverage.” This magnet is great to put on your refrigerator door and this mug is another way to relive that same moment.

Juan Dixon Pouch

If you’re looking for another RHOP pouch to add to your collection, here’s yet another item reminding you that Juan Dixon is not here right now. This is great for cosmetics, school supplies, and other small essentials.

Discovery Phase Apron

The cast ragged on Karen while she was in the “discovery phase” of creating her LaDame Fragrance. And who couldn’t relate to being in a “discovery phase,” especially when trying out new recipes? This apron is a must-have for RHOP cooks.

LaDame Fragrance By Karen Huger

Yes, Karen’s fragrance did come to fruition. It has top notes of fresh citrus and exotic spices along with notes of white floral, vanilla bean, and more.

The Real Housewives of Potomac Cast Names T-Shirt

This t-shirt includes all of the current cast members’ names, even the newest Housewife Mia Thornton.

Corona Light- 12 Pack

We had to include Corona Light on this list. It has become synonymous with Ashley Darby, at least according to most RHOP fans.

RHOP Magnet Set – T’Challa the Terror – Real Housewives of Potomac

T’Challa made such an impact on the Potomac ladies. These magnets are a humorous way to commemorate T’Challa’s interactions with the Housewives.

Gizelle Bryant Real Housewives of Potomac Card

If you have a friend who’s the “word on the street” this is the card you need to give them. It’s blank on the inside, so you can get a bunch of them to celebrate birthdays and other life milestones.

Word on the street is – I’m the word on the street Unisex Jersey Short Sleeve Tee

Potomac fans know how much Gizelle loves the phrase “word on the street.” If you feel like you are the word on the street, then this is a t-shirt that you need.

Karen Huger Side Eye

Karen gives the best side eye. Put this sticker on your laptop, water bottle, or notebook to give yourself a laugh whenever you need one.

‘Baddest Thing Walking’ Gizelle Bryant Bracelet

Gizelle fans would appreciate this bracelet that celebrates one of her most memorable quotes.

Candiace’s Tears Stemless Wine Glass – RHOP

We’ve seen Candiace dab her tears with a folded napkin more times than we can count. This cup doesn’t come with a folded napkin though… unfortunately.

Candiace Crying Card

Any Real Housewives of Potomac fan would love to receive this card. More tears than Candiace means that someone misses you an awful lot.

My Word by Gizelle Bryant

Technically, this book is a fictional story about a First Lady of a megachurch. But, considering how much this mirrors Gizelle’s own life, it’s hard to read it and not wonder which parts were inspired by her time in this role.

Karen Huger – Grand Dame Throne Funny Happy Birthday Friend Card

Karen’s video invitation inviting her co-stars to her party via throne was just so Karen. This birthday card celebrates the grand dames in your friend group.

The Real Housewives of Potomac Printable Bingo Bundle

This bundle includes 10 different BINGO cards. Five cards are for general play and can be used while watching the various Real Housewives shows. The other five cards include specific content geared towards the RHOP, which makes watching the show even more fun.

Real Housewives of Potomac ‘Iconic’ Shirt

If you know you know. This shirt symbolizes so many iconic RHOP moments. It’s a must-have item for super fans of the series.

Juan Dixon Maryland Terrapins Original Retro Brand 2002 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament March Madness Final Four Commemorative Classic Jersey

If Juan is your favorite House Husband, then you should rock his jersey from back in the day.

RHOP Real Housewives of Potomac Slither Bracelet

Any mention of the Wendy slither is a guaranteed laugh. If you want to make sure you’re always in a jovial mood, this bracelet also comes in gold.

If you want to take your Real Housewives of Potomac-inspired purchases to another level, book a trip at one of these hotels and resorts from their cast trips throughout the years:

If you adore Bravolebrity-inspired shopping, check out Porsha Williams‘ must-have Amazon beauty products.

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Camila Cabello Responds to Backlash After Her Dancer Is Accused of Blackface

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Camila Cabello is setting the record straight. 

Over the weekend, the Grammy winner addressed accusations that one of her backup dancers performed in blackface. The pop star recently took center stage during an appearance on The Tonight Show, where she performed her new single, “Don’t Go Yet.”

For the set, Camila and her backup dancers appeared to channel the ’80s with colorful props, Miami Vice-inspired outfits and beauty looks from the era. Following the performance, however, many took to social media to criticize the heavy makeup worn on stage, specifically by dancer Dylan Pearce.

As one Twitter user wrote, “Camila what was going on with Dylan’s makeup?…having a dancer do blackface on stage in 2021 is absurd and you know better than that! say something immediately.”

The former Fifth Harmony member issued a statement shortly after receiving criticism.

“hey! so this dude was just supposed to be a white man with a terrible spray tan,” she wrote on Saturday, July 24. “we purposefully tried to pull together a multicultural group of performers, the expectation was not that everyone in the performance needed to be Latin.”

“There are white people, African American people, latin people, etc.,” the “Havana” singer explained, adding, “the point was to try to make each person look like an over the top 80’s character just like in the video, including a white dude with a terrible orange spray tan.”

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Additionally, Camila re-posted a photo of her backup dancer in his get-up that was originally shared on Dylan’s Instagram Stories.

“In case you missed my spray tan last night on @jimmyfallon with @camila_cabello,” the choreographer captioned his post, which has since expired. At this time, Dylan hasn’t publicly addressed the backlash regarding his onstage makeup.

In a separate post, Camila reiterated that she and her team strive to create a positive space.

“On my team we try to create a culture of kindness, joy, & love & you could feel that this week,” she expressed on Twitter. “none of this could be possible without the dream team that makes it happen & the fans that continue to support.”

E! News has reached out to the star’s reps for comment, as well as Dylan, but we have yet to receive a response from either.

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Outer Banks’ Chase Stokes Explains Why He Was Kicked Out of Elton John’s Oscars Party

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We think it’s gonna be a long, long time till Chase Stokes gets to make another appearance at Elton John‘s famed post-Oscars shindig

The 28-year-old Outer Banks star swung by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, July 22. During the visit, guest host Anthony Anderson brought up Chase’s humble beginnings as a struggling actor in Los Angeles prior to landing his career-defining role on the popular Netflix series that launches its second season next week

Indeed, Chase recalled that he lived in a parking structure at the famed intersection of Hollywood Blvd. and Highland Ave. “off and on for about two months” while he struggled to make ends meet as a thespian. As it turned out, he had a strategy for where to park his car before falling asleep in the backseat. 

“You don’t want to park in the corner, right?” Chase explained. “Because then all of a sudden, the parking attendant is like, ‘That dude’s for sure sleeping in here.’ So every day, I would find a different parking spot, and it worked out. It worked out. I never got caught.”

When Anthony asked whether he was working at the time, Chase revealed he temporarily had a job as a cater waiter, but it ended quite unceremoniously. 

“One of my buddies got me a job as a waiter,” the actor recalled. “I ended up doing Elton John’s Oscar party. I got fired 15 minutes into it because I was watching the band. That was awesome, a really good time. I didn’t get a paycheck, so it was immediately back to Hollywood and Highland, and hopefully they didn’t cancel my L.A. Fitness membership. So it was great.” 

Luckily, everything worked out, and Chase fell in love with co-star Madelyn Cline to boot. Also, we’re guessing that if Elton had written a song about Chase getting fired, it might have gone, “Goodbye, Chase Stokes, though I never knew you at all.” 

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