Kanye West legally changes name to ‘Ye’


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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – Kanye West who?

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday officially granted the petition by rapper Kanye West to officially change his name to “Ye,” with no middle or last name, Rolling Stone and Deadline report.

Ye had filed his petition Aug. 24 and stated he was making the change for “personal reasons,” according to court documents.

West, who has called himself Ye on his social media pages for years, tweeted that he wanted the change in 2018, saying, “the being formally known as Kanye West. I am YE.”

The moniker was also the title of his 2018 album. He has said in interviews that, along with being a shortening of his first name he likes, that it’s a word used throughout the Bible.

Just last week, Ye put his ranch and business properties in northwestern Wyoming up for sale.

He is in the midst of a divorce from Kim Kardashian West. They have four children together.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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