From Ariana Grande to Chrissy Teigen, we have been pronouncing our favorite celebrities’ names all wrong.
The even weirder part? They don’t really seem to care.
In an interview last month with Ebro Darden for Beats 1, popstar Grande revealed inadvertently that people have been pronouncing her last name wrong since she first became a star playing Cat on Nickelodeon’s Victorious in 2010.
Darden asked Grande if she was going to hyphenate her name to Grande-Davidson once she marries SNL star Pete Davidson, and said she would personally. But, as for her professional name, she’d like to one day just to be called Ariana. She then backpedalled and said she might have to keep Grande to honor her grandfather, clear pronouncing it Grand-DEE. That’s right DEE. Not DAY.
“I have to keep Grand-DEE because of my grandpa,” she said. “I think of him with everything I do. And he was so proud of our name. I should keep it. I’m gonna keep it.”
Grande said the Italian version is actually pronounced as Grand-DAY but that her grandpa changed it to Grand-DEE and that is what she was raised saying and being called.
“Literally, my name is Ariana Grande-Butera,” she said. “Literally, that’s my name. I’m like a pizza. I’m a f*cking meatball.”
When Darden asked if Arianators and the rest of the world should start calling her Grand-DEE instead of Grand-DAY, she didn’t really answer, but instead, explained that her brother Frankie Grande is actually the one who changed the pronunciation.
“My brother kind of changed it to Grand-DAY because like Grand-DEE was like the Americanized version of it. And made it more like chill or whatever. And my brother was like, ‘we should say Grand-DAY — it’s so fun to say. It’s like a funny name.’”
Ariana Grande didn’t necessarily say whether or not she wishes people would pronounce her name differently, but said she wishes she did herself.
“I grew up saying, ‘Gran-DEE,’” she said. “And I wish I said it more.”
Speaking of meatballs, cookbook extraordinaire Chrissy Teigen, who is also known for her, self-deprecating humor and being John Legend’s wife, was so inspired by Grande’s revelation, that she revealed that people have been pronouncing her last name wrong as well.
But similar to Grande, she didn’t seem to care about how people pronounce hers. If anything, she said she prefers they use the wrong one.
Teigen spoke to E! News at the Emmys last week and spoke with Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest on their show LIVEWithKellyandRyan to clear the air about her name. She also went on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and explained that her last name is actually pronounced TIE-gen and not TEE-gen, but joked, “at this point, I don’t really know what’s correct.”
“Correct is TIE-Gen,” she said. “But do I really want people to call me that? No. Because at this point, only half of them are going to do it.”
Teigen did ponder using the correct pronunciation though because she said it would make her dad happy.
“John will still say TIE-gen around him,” she said. “We’ve always lived that way. But at this point, if you say TIE-gen, I correct you and say, ‘TEE-gen, so I don’t know what to do anymore.”
Teigen said it’s safe for her fans to continue to say TEE-gen.
“I’m just happy anyone calls me anything,” she said.