Honestly, it’s pretty shocking when fans find out something new about their favorite celebrity that they didn’t already know. They’re normally total pros when it comes to their idols, so when new information comes out, it can definitely take their supporters by surprise! That’s why it’s always a big deal when it is revealed that the name a star goes by isn’t actually their real name.
It turns out, a bunch of Hollywood’s biggest stars are actually lying about their names — well, kinda. Some people prefer to use a fake or stage name. Take Halsey, for example, while chatting with Cosmopolitan in November 2020, she revealed the real reason she decided to go by a stage name instead of her birth name: Ashley.
“People hear about me and they want to paint my story as a rags to riches tale, but that’s not true. It was a very slow and painful process,” she shared. “When I look back on it, I’m so proud of that teenage girl who dropped [my first album] Badlands because I had all the odds against me. I didn’t know anybody in the music industry. I was from New Jersey. I had no f–king money, and there was no way I was going to college.”
Halsey continued, “Me wanting to do this was so far fetched, and the fact that I changed my name in the process — I think I had the foresight to know that being me wasn’t enough. I had to become somebody completely different. At the time, I felt that Ashley didn’t deserve to be famous and successful because she wasn’t that special, but if I made Halsey, maybe she could be.”
And she’s not the only one. Many other celebs have revealed that they’re using fake names over the years, including Dove Cameron, JoJo Siwa, Shay Mitchell, Jacob Sartorius, Katy Perry, Camila Cabello, Miley Cyrus, Lucy Hale, Gigi Hadid and more! 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. Scroll through the gallery to discover all the stars who don’t go by their real names, and prepare to be shook.
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