Stories behind the stage names of Celebrities: MUST KNOW STORIES OF CELEBRITIES

Almost 90% of celebrities you can even say all of them do not want their birth name in the lights. Due to this reason they pick a name they are comfortable with in public. Not only comfort but some even come up with catchy names to just get the popularity. In this article we discuss the stories behind 5 of the most iconic stage names of celebrities.

1.   Halsey

Ashley Nicolette Frangipane famously known as Halsey came up with this stage name based on a street name. When Halsey’s parent kicked her out of their house she lived in a loft  off of Halsey Street in Brooklyn. And also the name “Halsey” apparently happens to be an anagram of the name Ashley.

Story behind the stage name “Halsey”

This is the story behind Ashley’s stage name “Halsey”

2.   The Weeknd ( Stories behind the stage name of celebrities )

Abel Tesfaye popularly known by the stage name The Weeknd came up with this name inspired by a weekend getaway with mates in highschool. Unwillingly he had to drop the letter ‘e’ as it was used by a band prior to him.


On reddit Tesfaye revealed how he came up with this stage name as a celebrity. “I left home when I was about 17 dropped out of high school and convinced La Mar [Taylor, creative director of The Weeknd and XO crew member] to do the same lol.

Stories behind the stage names of celebrities – The Weeknd

“We grabbed our mattresses from our parents threw it in our friends s****y van and left one weekend and never came back home. It was gonna be the title of HOB.

“I hated my name at the time though so I tried it as a stage name. It sounded cool. I took out the ‘e’ because there was already a Canadian band named The Weekend (copyright issues).” This is the amazing story behind the stage name of one of the famous celebrities the WEEKND.

3.   Jamie Fox

Eric Marlon Bishop popularly known as Jamie Fox has one of the funniest stores behind his celebrity stage name. Jamie reveleaed that he changed his first name to Jamie when doing stand-up comedy because women were chosen to go first and “Jamie” seemed to be a gender-ambiguous name. As a tribute the comedian Redd Foxx he merged both names. This is how the stage name Jamie Foxx was born.

Jamie Foxx _ Story behind his stage name

4.   Cardi B

Cardi B’s nickname growing up was Bacardi because her sister’s name is Hennessy, but she shortened it after her Instagram account kept getting deleted.

Stories behind the stage names of celebrities - Cardi B
Stories behind the stage names of celebrities – Cardi B | Source: lofficielusa

5.   Bruno Mars

Peter Gene Hernandez popularly known by his stage name Bruno Mars adopted the name from a nickname his father gave him. Why Bruno? Well apparently, his dad thought that he resembled the pro wrestler Bruno Sammartino. With the last name of Hernandez, producers would assume that Bruno was looking to make Latin records, but of course, Bruno’s real passion was funk and R&B.According to Rap Up, he says he came up with Mars to add some “pizazz” to his name, joking that since girls would call him “out of this world,” he might as well be from Mars.

Photo by MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock (3580757b) Bruno Mars Bruno Mars in concert at the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, America – 16 Feb 2014

Merging the nickname his father gave to another name that would make people think as if he’s from another planet, the stage name Bruno Mars was born.

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