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45 Celebrities Whose Real Names Will Surprise You – See If Your Favorite Star Is On The List!

Many famous people have catchy names, and the kind of names we have been hearing have been evolving over the years. What you might not realize is that many stars actually use stage names. Such names are nowhere near the birth names they were born with.

Others would keep their first name but change their last name, vice versa. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous names we know who are using a stage name. We’re sure many names you will see here are names you often see or hear about on Social Media.

Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar A.K.A. Cardi B – Age 27

Cardi B is one of the most popular female rappers in the music industry today. She only released her debut album back in 2018, but she was already able to win four American Music Awards and one Grammy Award. What some of you might’ve not known is that her real name is Belcalis Marlenis Almánzar.

She is half Trinidadian, half Dominican. Her stage name comes from the alcohol brand Bacardi, which was once her nickname. Her name easily grew on people, and her unique personality really made her stand out. In 2020, Cardi will be appearing in the film called Fast & Furious 9.


Jelena Noura Hadid A.K.A. Gigi Hadid – Age 24

Gigi Hadid is an in-demand name in the modeling industry today. She was born Jelena Noura Hadid, but she has used Gigi since she was a young girl. She had a classmate named Helena, so she used another name so she won’t be mistaken for her classmate.

Gigi’s modeling career took off ever since she was signed by IMG Models back in 2013. She has worked with the biggest luxury brands since then, and she is doing major runway shows on the regular. In January 2020, she made headlines when news broke out that she got back together with singer Zayn Malik.

Joaquin Rafael Bottom A.K.A. Joaquin Phoenix – Age 45

Joaquin Phoenix has been acting for decades but he has been gaining even more popularity since 2019 due to his performance in Joker. His superb performance in the film earned him the Best Actor Award at the Golden Globe Awards.

Some of you might not have known this but his real name is actually Joaquin Rafael Bottom. His parents changed their last name after they decided to leave the Children of God religious cult in the ’70s. Phoenix is in a relationship with actress Rooney Mara and they just announced their engagement back in 2019.

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV A.K.A. Tom Cruise – Age 57

Tom Cruise is yet another celebrity who uses a shortened version of his actual name. His complete name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV. He and his father actually share the same exact name. He rose to fame in Hollywood after starring in 1983’s Risky Business.

He grew into one of the most sought-after action stars in the industry and he gets to earn a massive paycheck per role he portrays. Cruise didn’t appear in any film back in 2019 but he is currently set to star in Top Gun: Maverick and two new Mission: Impossible sequels.

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