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These 23 Celebs Go By Their First Or Middle Names, So Here Are Their Actual Last Names

Cher's really threw me for a loop...

A lot of performers, such as Lil Nas X, go by stage names, while others, like Harry Styles, just stick to their real names.

Some, however, choose the best of both worlds — they go by just their real first or middle names. While their last names aren't necessarily a secret, seeing them can be a little jarring.

Here are the real last names of 23 celebs we all know by one name:

1. Adele is actually Adele Adkins.

2. Zendaya is actually Zendaya Stoermer Coleman.

Spiderman No Way Home actor

3. Usher is actually Usher Raymond IV.

"My Boo" singer

4. Kesha is actually Kesha Sebert.

"Tik Tok" singer

5. Cher was born Cherilyn Sarkisian, but in 1978, she legally changed her name to simply Cher.

6. Shakira is actually Shakira Mebarak Ripoll.

7. Brandy's real name is Brandy Norwood.

"The Boy Is Mine" singer

8. Madonna is actually Madonna Ciccone.

"Material Girl" singer

9. Beck was born Bek Campbell, but when his parents separated, he adopted his mother's maiden name (along with the more "conventional" spelling a teacher changed his first name to) and became Beck Hansen.

"Where It's At" singer

10. Girls Aloud member Cheryl was born Cheryl Tweedy, but she took the last name Cole when she married Ashley Cole in 2006. She then took the last name Fernandez-Versini when she married Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini in 2014. However, they divorced, and legally, she's now Cheryl Tweedy again.

X Factor judge

11. Prince's full name was Prince Rogers Nelson.

12. Mo'Nique was born Monique Imes, but she changed her name to Monique Hicks after marrying Sidney Hicks in 2006.


13. Lalaine is actually Lalaine Vergara-Paras.

Lizzie McGuire actor

14. Beyoncé was born Beyoncé Knowles, but after marrying Jay-Z (aka Shawn Carter) in 2008, she changed her name to Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

"Lemonade" songer

15. Ciara was born Ciara Harris, but she changed her name to Ciara Wilson when she married Russell Wilson in 2016.

"Goodies" singer

16. Fabio is actually Fabio Lanzoni.


17. Selena was born Selena Quintanilla, and she changed her name to Selena Quintanilla-Pérez when she married Chris Pérez in 1992.

"Como la Flor" singer

18. Rihanna's full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

"Umbrella" singer

19. Aaliyah's full name was Aaliyah Haughton.

"Rock the Boat" singer

20. Tiffany is actually Tiffany Darwish.

"I Think We're Alone Now" singer

21. Jewel is actually Jewel Kilcher.

"Foolish Games" singer

22. Drake's full name is Aubrey Drake Graham.

"Hotline Bling" singer

23. And finally, Björk's full name is Björk Guðmundsdóttir.

"Army of Me" singer