Why Miley Cyrus doesn’t use her real name

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Did you even know this was real name?

Fun fact: Miley Cyrus’s real first name is Destiny Hope. While that hasn’t been a secret, it’s still mind-blowing to think that the girl swinging naked on a wrecking ball could've been called Destiny Hope.

In an interview this week with radio host Howard Stern, the 24-year-old singer explained how she came to get her newly adopted name. Destiny Hope Miley said she was dubbed ‘Miley’ as a baby by her dad Billy Ray Cyrus because she was always smiling. Smiley… Miley… we get it.

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Miley said the nickname stuck, and, soon after, became her stage name. At 15, she legally changed her name to 'Miley Ray Cyrus'.

Also in the interview, Miley said her father, who’s a show business veteran, initially didn’t want her to Disney’s Hannah Montana because of his own experience.


Written By Sangeeta Kocharekar
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