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Meet Ye: Kanye West Officially Changes His Name After Filing For New Moniker Due To 'Personal Reasons'

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Oct. 19 2021, Published 5:51 a.m. ET

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Kanye West has changed his name.

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The rapper officially filed for a name change in August and cited "personal reasons." Deadline reported that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michelle Williams approved the request on Monday, October 18.

The 44-year-old officially changed his name from Kanye Omari West to Ye, with no middle name or last name.

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The "Flashing Lights" hitmaker has been going by Ye as a nickname for some time now. In 2018, he titled his eighth studio album Ye. At the time, he told radio host Big Boy that he believes "ye" is the most commonly used word in the Bible and that it means "you."

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"So I'm you, I'm us, it's us. It went from Kanye, which means the only one, to just Ye — just being a reflection of our good, our bad, our confused, everything. The album is more of a reflection of who we are," he said at the time.

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The same year, Ye tweeted that he was "the being formally known as Kanye West I am YE." "Who or what is Kanye West with no ego? Just Ye," he wrote in a follow-up tweet.

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Ye has also been his name on social media for some time now but his official handle is still @kanyewest on Twitter and Instagram.

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Meanwhile, his estranged wife Kim Kardashian West did not change her name after she filed for divorce in February. The reality star introduced herself as "Kim Kardashian West" during her Saturday Night Live monologue earlier this month.

"Kim isn't planning on dropping West from her last name," an insider previously told Entertainment Tonight. "Kim and Kanye still think of themselves as a family unit and Kim wants her kids to feel and know that."

Ye does not appear to have directly commented on his new name. He seemed to allude to it on Instagram when he posted a photo of a new haircut and captioned the post with a Japanese yen symbol.

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