Have you ever wondered the real reason why Prince changed his name back in 1993?
The late star — who sadly died on Thursday, April 21 at age 57 from unknown causes — previously opened up during a 1999 CNN interview about why he legally changed his moniker to an unpronounceable symbol.
Prince in 1993. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
"I had searched deep within my heart and spirit and I wanted to make a change and move to a new plateau in my life and one of the ways in which I did that was to change my name," Prince revealed during the sit-down 17 years ago. "It sort of divorced me from the past and all the hangups that come with it."
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When asked why he was then referred to as "the artist formerly known as Prince," the singer admitted it was a media invention at the time. "That came up through the media's problem with not having a pronunciation for the symbol, so they had to come up with something I guess," he added.
Though Prince claimed the name change was to start fresh and rid himself of the past, many people attributed it to a disagreement with his record label, Warner Bros., who wanted him to release fewer albums. He legally changed his name back to Prince once his record deal ended in 2000.
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