Nowhere in any rule book, it is permanently etched that women cannot drop their surnames or choose not to take their husband’s surname, be they celebrities or not. Also, dropping the last name on social media does not mean you are divorcing your spouse. So take a moment before jumping the gun. Recently Priyanka Chopra dropped Jonas and Chopra from her name on social media and the Indian media went crazy on whether the couple is separating or not. Priyanka Chopra Drops last name
A close friend of Priyanka Chopra found the rumour amusing and falsified it while Madhu Chopra, Priyanka’s mother, had to publicly rubbish the rumour and ask “news” media to stop spreading rumours.
Women actors like Dimple Kapadia who retained her maiden name or Rekha and Tabu who deliberately chose not to use their maiden name in public life or credit rolls exist and prove that dropping out the last name is a choice. It may not always be related to ending a marriage. But even if they are dropping off their last name and ending up divorcing their partner, the breaking news is not them dropping the name.
To help understand this better, here are celebrities from across the world who either dropped their husband’s name or chose not to change their surname after marriage:
– The same happened when Samantha Ruth Prabhu dropped Akkineni from her name. This move sparked rumours of divorce with Naga Chaitanya. She also dropped her entire name and cut it down to just S on social media. Although the news of her separation from the actor turned out to be true on October 2. The couple ended their four years of marriage. Right now Samantha is using just her first name.
– Queen Beyonce, do you even know her last name? No, because her name is enough for people to rise from their chairs in awe. We mostly know her as Beyonce on her song covers and events. The singer did not take her husband, Jay-Z’s full name as her last name, she hyphenated it as Knowles-Carter. Also, her social media feed has her name as only Beyonce.
– Diana Ross’s marriages ended in divorce. One with Robert Ellis Silberstein in 1971 and then with Arne Naess Jr. in 1986. The disco diva did not change her last name in either of the marriages.
– In 2016, when Malaika Arora asked India’s Got Talent, a reality show on Colors’, team to just use her maiden name, all hell broke loose. The media started buzzing with the “possible” news that “there is trouble in the paradise”, which means there is a problem between Arbaaz Khan and Malaika Arora and they might be splitting. The couple divorced in 2017.
– Sherni actor Vidya Balan immediately shot down any rumours about her changing the maiden name or adding her husband’s surname. According to media reports, she said, “I don’t know who said that I am changing my name to Vidya Balan Roy Kapur. I remain Vidya Balan. I think Sid (Siddharth Roy Kapur) and I, both feel that since he will remain Siddharth Roy Kapur and not become Siddharth Balan Roy Kapur, I will remain Vidya Balan and not become Vidya Balan Roy Kapur.”
Not taking the husband’s name or dropping of the surname altogether does not necessarily mean that “there is trouble in paradise” it is just a woman’s decision to not abide by the patriarchal idea that women need to change their surname or their name or their beliefs after marriage. Please, respect their decisions.