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."
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.