Say What Now! We’ve Been Saying Ariana Grande and Chrissy Teigen’s Names Wrong For Years!

Blogged By: @carmen.roxanna

Who else was today-years-old when they found out the correct way to say, Ariana Grande or Chrissy Teigen? Apparently, Ariana’s last name is pronounced “Grand-ee” not “Grawn-day” and Chrissy’s last name is “Tie-gen” not “Tee-gen”. MINDBLOWN!

Back in August, #ArianaGrande sat with #EBro for Apple Beats 1, where she inadvertently revealed the real pronunciation of her last name. When asked if she would take her fiancé, Pete Davidson’s, last name when they get married, she said, “I have to keep Grande because my grandpa—I think of him with everything I do and he was so proud of my name. I should keep it. Ima keep it.” She then goes on to explain, “My grandparents said [Grandee]. My brother [Frankie Grande] kind of change it to [Grawnday] because [Grandee] was kind of like the Americanized version of it,” she explained. “I grew up saying [Grandee].” 

Then over the weekend, Teigen took to Twitter to clear the air about her last name. “Gave up a long time ago. last name is tie-gen not tee-gen,” she tweeted. However, one Twitter fan confronted Chrissy about saying her last name wrong herself and she replied, “I know. I even correct people when they say it correctly. it’s all v effed up…I don’t correct people, ever,” the star continued. “They can call me Janet and I won’t. Wrong order? I’ll eat it. Taxi going to the wrong airport? I’ll change my flight.” And if anyone doubted her claim, she even had her mother back her up on video.

Now the question is…do we now start calling them by the correct pronunciation or do we just stick to what we know?


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