celebrity real names

We can’t believe this is Gigi Hadid’s real name

And she's not the only star who has completely changed her name...

You probably don’t recognise the name Jelena Noura Hadid, right? That’s because our beloved Gigi Hadid is one of many celebrities who chooses to go by a different name to the one they were born with.

There’s a whole host of reasons why a celebrity may decide to change their name, from preferring their middle name, to wanting a shorter, snappier name – or just because they don’t think it’s glamorous enough for an A-Lister.

From Jude Law to Nicki Minaj, Rihanna to Lana del Rey, there’s a whole host of A-Listers who have opted for something completely different, be it their childhood nickname or variation of their actual names.

Take Prince Harry, for example. If you’re like us, the first time you heard him be referred to as ‘Prince Henry’ had you totally confused, because he’s almost always called by his nickname, Harry. Prince Henry just doesn’t have the same ring to it, in our opinion.

And would Reginald Dwight have ever been any where near as successful a singer-songwriter as Elton John? We’ll never know, but Elton clearly didn’t think so, and so ditched his real name.

There are probably a lot more celebs in the world who don’t use their real name than you first thought, so we’ve rounded up the most interesting of celebrity name-changers out there…

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