ET - It's a new era for Kanye West. On Monday, the 44-year-old rapper's request to officially change his name to Ye was granted by the Los Angeles Courts and he also debuted a bold new 'do.
According to court records obtained by ET, his request to change his name from Kanye Omari West to Ye -- which has been his nickname for years -- was approved on Monday by the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles. He filed to change his name on Aug. 24, citing "personal reasons" in the documents.
On Monday, he seemingly alluded to his name change with an intricate new haircut. He posted a picture of the back of his head, captioning it with the Japanese yen symbol.
"50 told me go 'head and switch the style up,
and if they hate, then let them hate,
and watch the money pile up"
I think the biggest part of this story is the one nobody is talking about. The name change means that Ye will no longer have a middle or last name, either.
It's just "Ye".
Elvis, Prince, Cher, Madonna, Bono, Biggie, Tupac, Sting, Slash, Pitbull, Rupaul.
All go by one, unmistakable name.
Now you can add "Ye" to that list.
Kanye actually foreshadowed this back when he released ye, the album.
He did an interview with Big Boy and told him-
"I believe 'ye' is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means 'you.' So I'm you, I'm us, it's us. It went from Kanye, which means 'the only one,' to just Ye – just being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused, everything," he said during the interview.
There is a method to the madness after all.
Also, what would a Kanye story be without Kim Kardashian somehow inserting herself into it via "anonymous sources".
Although he's changing his name, a source told ET that his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian West, isn't.
"Kim isn't planning on dropping West from her last name," the source said. "Kim and Kanye still think of themselves as a family unit and Kim wants her kids to feel and know that."
However, their divorce is definitely proceeding. A source told ET earlier this month that she's keeping their $60 million home in Hidden Hills, California, in the split.
"Kanye and Kim are moving forward with the divorce, even though recent signs have pointed to a reconciliation," the source said. "Kim and Kanye are in a very good place, but they aren't getting back together.
p.s. - Never forget that not only did Puff Daddy invent the remix, he also invented narcissistically changing your name for no reason.
US - Diddy has debuted yet another name change, and this one is legally binding.
The rapper, 51, announced that he is no longer Sean John Combs because he legally changed his name to Sean Love Combs. The New York native shared an image of his Florida driver’s license with the name as well as what appears to be the legal paperwork for the switch.
He added that his past names are going out the window. “I will not be answering to Puffy, Diddy, Puff Daddy, or any of my other monikers but ‘Love’ or ‘Brother Love,’” he said.
Puff Daddy, 1996
P. Diddy, 2001