Kanye West has petitioned the court to legally change his name to Ye
Kanye West filed court documents to legally change his name on Tuesday.
According to the Los Angeles Superior Court filing, the 44-year-old wants to change his full name — Kanye Omari West — to his longtime two-letter nickname, Ye, with no middle or last name.
The documents, which are dated August 11 but were not received by the court system until Tuesday, cite “personal reasons” for the change. An email sent to the attorney who filed the documents seeking comment was not immediately returned.
Before the change becomes official, it must be approved by a judge.
West, who has referred to himself as Ye on social media for years, tweeted in 2018 that he wanted the change, saying, “the being formally known as Kanye West. “My name is YE.”
His 2018 album was also titled with the same moniker. He has stated in interviews that, in addition to being a shortening of his favourite first name, it is a word found throughout the Bible.
West is currently divorced from Kim Kardashian. West, who did not request that her last name be changed back to just Kardashian when she filed for divorce from him in February. His surname is also shared by the couple’s four children.
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