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The celebrity names we’ve all been pronouncing wrong without realising

Think you know how to pronounce your favourite celebrity’s name? Think again… Recently, there have been stars that have come forward to say that people have been mispronouncing their name in the media.

With this in mind, the team at Preply has done some digging and compiled a list of the celebrity names that you have been mispronouncing all this time. It’s time to set the record straight…

Lindsay Lohan (Lindsay Lo-Wen)

In her TikTok debut, Lindsay Lohan got fans questioning everything when she revealed that people have been pronouncing her surname wrong. Introducing herself on the platform, Lindsay corrected fans by saying her last name is actually pronounced ‘Lo-wen’ instead of ‘Lo-han’. Fans were quick to react, commenting “Wait. Lindsay “LOWEN”?!?! I’ve been saying it wrong my whole life?!?”

Jake Gyllenhall (Jake Yee-Len-Hey-Lo)

This one really will knock your socks off. It seems that the universal pronunciation for Jake’s last name is ‘Jill-en-hall’ – but the world is wrong. Speaking to TV host Conan O’Brien, the 41-year-old actor revealed that his Swedish last name should be pronounced ‘Yen-lee-hey-lo’ – what a tongue-twister!

Zendaya (Zen-Day-Yuh)

Having a net worth of $15 million, Zendaya is certainly doing well for herself – which makes it all the more important for people to pronounce the star’s name correctly. In a YouTube video, the Euphoria actress expressed that her name is commonly mispronounced as ‘Zen-dye-uh’, when the correct pronunciation is ‘Zen-day-yuh’.

Timothée Chalamet (Timo-Tay Shala-May)

The Call By Your Name star really wants fans to call him by his actual name. Speaking in an interview with Frank Ocean, the 26-year-old heartthrob revealed that the real pronunciation of his name is ‘Timo-tay Shala-may’. He however said: “I can’t ask people to call me that; it just seems really pretentious” – but the king has spoken!

Amanda Seyfried (Amanda Sigh-Frid)

Mamma Mia! The world has been saying Amanda Seyfried’s name wrong all this time… In an interview with Hollywood Streams, the 36-year-old actress said the worst pronunciation of her last name would be ‘Say-fried’ or ‘Sig-freed’, rather the correct pronunciation is actually ‘Sigh-frid.”

Ariana Grande (Ariana Grande-dee)

Contrary to how the star’s name is pronounced in the media, Ari shocked fans by revealing the actual pronunciation of her last name is ‘Grand-dee’, not ‘Gradhn-day’. Talking to Beats 1’s Ebro Darden, the star said she pronounced her last name as ‘gran-dee’ when she was growing up. As well as this, she said the pronunciation has always been ‘gran-dee’ in the Grande family.

Charlize Theron (Charlize There-in)

Here’s another one that you’ll probably be surprised about. Despite appearing pretty straightforward, it appears that the ‘o’ is very misleading in Charlize Theron’s name.

During a segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Atomic Blonde star revealed that her surname is actually pronounced ‘There-in’. Safe to say we didn’t see that one coming!

Chrissy Teigen (Chrissy Tie-Ghen)

Star Chrissy Teigen said that her Norwegian last name is actually pronounced ‘Tie-ghen’ rather than ‘Tee-ghen’. She said that even though she always introduces herself as ‘Tee-ghen’, the proper pronunciation is ‘Tie-ghen’, as this is how she was taught how to pronounce her name when she was growing up.

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