Honestly, it never gets any less shocking when you find out something new about your fave celeb that you didn't already know. It's like – you think you're a total pro and then new information comes out and you feel like you don't even know your best friend (er, fave star) anymore. That's why it's always surprising when it is revealed that the name a star goes by isn't actually their real name IRL.
Many celebs are super open about their stage names. Others, however, are very unsuspecting. Just take Dove Cameron, for example. The Disney Channel darling's name sounds real – and it is. Well, now it is. But her name was something totally different before she changed it at age 15. The Liv and Maddie starlet is not the only one who goes by a name other than the one that was on her birth certificate. Shay Mitchell, Jacob Sartorius, Katy Perry and Camila Cabello are also just a few of the many stars who don't go by their real names. Whether they decided to go by their middle names, or a nickname they've always had, it's much different than what you're used to calling them!
Click through the gallery to discover why these stars don't go by their real names.
This post was originally published on June 13, 2017 and since has been updated.
Research credit: Cayla Bamberger
"I'm super open about it. So basically, Chloe is my birth name. It's on my birth certificate," she said in an interview with StyleWatch. "But my dad always called me Dove – as like a nickname. He called my sister Flower, and he called me Dove – more than he ever called me Chloe. And like Dovey, Dovely, Dove-Love. Like that was just his nickname. You know, like some dads call their daughters Sugar Pie or something. But mine just sounded a lot more like a name than a lot of them. It's not like my sister was gonna go by Flower. You know what I mean? And he actually – he passed away when I was 15, and I decided to legally change it. So it's on my passport – everything legal is Dove."
Even though Dove is now her legal name, she still responds to both. In fact, her bae Thomas Doherty gave the actress a bracelet with "Chloe" engraved on the inside of the heart-shaped charm.
Dove gets a lot of questions about this, so she took to Twitter to set the record straight once and for all.
"this is not a secret. all of my friends and family publicly call me chloe. i talk about this all the time. no explaining necessary," she wrote in a series of tweets. "my father always called me dove. he took his own life when i was 15, i didn't get to say goodbye, so i changed it in honor of him."