10 Celebs Who’ve Changed Their Names for Fame


7. Freddie Mercury

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The songwriter and singer behind We Will Rock You isn’t of English stock. He was from India and came from Farsi heritage. His real name was Farouk Bulsara, after his hometown Bulsar in the Indian state of Gujarat. Freddie grew up in Mumbai. Interested in music since childhood, he took the name Freddie simply because it sounded more “rockstar-like”. It was only after he formed Queen in 1970 that he decided to change his last name as well.