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Jamie Foxx, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Plus More Celebrities You Didn’t Know Use Stage Names!

Chances are, most fans don’t know the real names of their favorite celebrities.

It’s commonplace in American culture for people to change their names when they marry or even adopt a nickname in place of their birth name. But in Hollywood, stars change their names far more often. Sometimes they’re like La La Land star Emma Stone (born Emily Stone), who changed her name because it was already taken in the Screen Actors Guild, while other times, they’re like Oscar winner Jamie Foxx, who changed his name for creative reasons.

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The Django Unchained star (born Eric Marlon Bishop) might be known as Jamie now, but that wasn’t always the case. The star decided to change his name when he began performing at open mic nights. He noticed that women were called to perform before men, so he decided to adopt a gender neutral name.

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What makes that fact even more surprising is that his daughter Corinne has adopted the surname Foxx as well. Corinne was born Corinne Bishop, but goes by Corinne Foxx, just like her father. Needless to say, the Internet freaked a little when they found out.

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One fan tweeted, “So Jamie Foxx’s name really isn’t Jamie Foxx it’s Eric, my whole life is lie,” while another added, “I feel stupid for thinking Jamie Foxx real name is Jamie Foxx… I feel played.”

One fan’s tweet even went viral with over 53,000 favorites and 34,000 retweets.

If fans think Jamie’s real name is surprising, wait until they discover the birth names of these other celebrities!

Click through the gallery below to see which other stars use a stage name.