Okay, Jamie Foxx is ridiculously talented, there’s no denying that. But there is one thing we can deny, and that’s that we know him by his real name. And, as it turns out, Foxx isn't the only celebrity known to their fans by something other than their birth name. Elton John, Emma Stone, and even Whoopi Goldberg are among the long list of celebs who were born with different names.
Watch the video below to see which other celebs are known by another name.
Some of you might be saying the double Xs in Foxx might have been a pretty good hint, but the news still sent Twitter into a meltdown as the news spread that his real name is, in fact, Eric Marlon Bishop. Others, however, couldn’t understand how the world was so naive.
Fortunately, along with the trickery comes a fantastic anecdote.The reason for the name change came about when Jamie/Eric was doing stand-up comedy.
“I used to do stand-up in a club in LA and I went up and I had a great set and when I had a great set I couldn’t get back up for six weeks because comedians ran the list,” he told David Letterman in 2014.
“So I go to another place ... and I noticed that like 1000 guys show up and only three girls, but the three girls would always get a spot. So I went to the list and wrote down a unisex name ... Jamie Foxx. And I’m the first guy called. He’d go, ‘Jamie Foxx, is she here?’ I said, ‘No brother, that’s me’.”
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But Eric to Jamie wasn’t such a smooth transition.
“I really killed [on stage] but people would be like, ‘Yo Jamie, yo Jamie!’ and I wouldn’t respond,” he said.
“I forgot that was my name ... People thought I was arrogant.”
Well, there you go, folks. We’ll leave you with Jamie/Eric recounting the intervention Oprah hosted for him way back when with none other than Sidney Poitier, an actor who never lied about his name.
WATCH: Oprah arranged for a group of famous black actors from the 60s/70s (including Sidney Poitier) to hold an intervention for Jamie Foxx pic.twitter.com/8vKHNcLoCG— Yashar Ali (@yashar) May 25, 2017
WATCH: Oprah arranged for a group of famous black actors from the 60s/70s (including Sidney Poitier) to hold an intervention for Jamie Foxx pic.twitter.com/8vKHNcLoCG
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Madison Ziegler, a music video dancer and star of the show Dance Moms, was born in 2002. via Getty Images