Jamie Foxx’s real name isn’t actually Jamie Foxx and no one knows what is real anymore.
The shock you may feel is a sentiment shared by many of the Hollywood actor’s fans, who have been in the dark about his true identity.
Foxx wasn’t born with his canine surname – or even his Christian name – at all. The 49-year-old was in fact born Eric Marlon Bishop, and I’m betting the scales have now fallen from your eyes.
Yo, am I the only one who thought Jamie Foxx real name was Jamie Foxx? ?? pic.twitter.com/w4KBWv5xlX
— Katy or KT?? (@_maccckiller) May 29, 2017
You’re not alone in the re-evaluation of your life’s truth though. This young 19-year-old called Katelyn is equally surprised, expressing her emotions with some apt crying face emojis.
After receiving some hate for her innocent ignorance, she again tweeted:
OKAAAAY I'm 19 yrs old! Sorry I didn't know a 50 yr old mans real name because he's been going by a different one my ENTIRE LIFE
— Katy or KT?? (@_maccckiller) May 30, 2017
As it turns out, Jamie Foxx was born long after Bishop began performing in 1985, but because of the norm-core choice of stage name, many people never realised it was a pseudonym.
Others commented eloquent responses, such as, ‘dafuq’, ‘wow’ and ‘wait what’.
This bloke called Eric weighed in on the debate too:
Where da phuck y'all been? Hahaha dis ain't no secret! I've been telling the world about the birth of "Jamie Foxx" pic.twitter.com/7gt5lxFq23
— Jamie Foxx (@iamjamiefoxx) May 31, 2017
As it happens, Eric chose to present himself to the world as Jamie Foxx because it sounds genderless, and female comedians were more likely to get picked to perform at comedy improv shows.
But what’s in a name? A Jamie Foxx by any other would still act as well.
A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you’ve never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.