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Strange reason Calvin Harris changed his name when he was just 22 years old

Strange reason Calvin Harris changed his name when he was just 22 years old

Calvin Harris previously spoke out on the decision to use a stage name

“One kiss is all it takes…” what an absolute banger. And Dua Lipa’s Glastonbury set last night (28 June) wouldn’t be complete without it.

However the song was missing one big name - yep, you guessed it Calvin Harris was nowhere to be seen when the 28-year-old singer burst into the song early on in her set.

From the moment the opening beats to 'One Kiss' began to blast out it was glaringly obvious that the highly anticipated collaboration wouldn't be happening, with several fans took to social media to collectively ask 'Where's Calvin?'

It's a shame, we know. But it just goes to show that you can't believe everything you read online.

But while we're discussing the topic of Calvin Harris why don't I share an interesting piece of trivia with you - the origin of the name Calvin Harris.

Turns out there's quite a strange reason why the 40-year-old producer made an early decision to go by a stage name.

They're an award-winning pair. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
They're an award-winning pair. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Back in 2009 the ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ star explained to Shortlist: “My first single was more of a soul track, and I thought Calvin Harris sounded a bit more racially ambiguous.

"I thought people might not know if I was black or not. After that, I was stuck with it." Like we said, a slightly strange reason.




The DJ was actually born as Adam Wiles, something his friends and family continue to call him while his fans probably only really recognise ‘Calvin Harris’.

The star added: "No one calls me Calvin. It's horrible and it's not my name. You might as well be calling me Mr Blobby.

"At the start of my career people were meeting me for the first time and I let it slide. It was sort of a nickname."

But if that wasn't shocking enough, there's more.

His name isn't actually Calvin Harris. (Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for 1/ST)
His name isn't actually Calvin Harris. (Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images for 1/ST)

Some years back, people watching the Brit Awards were stunned to find out that Harris is, in fact, Scottish.

The hit-maker was accepting the British producer of the year gong, but people at home couldn't quite get their heads around the fact he was speaking with a Scottish accent.

You know, because he's Scottish. One wrote: "What the f**k, Calvin Harris is Scottish? And such a broad accent. Shook."

Another posted: "Genuinely didn't know Calvin Harris was Scottish." A third said: "I don't think I've heard Calvin Harris speak and it's really freaked me out."

Others were aware he was Scottish, but taken aback by quite how strong an accent he actually has, with a lot of folks realising they'd never heard him speak before.

One fan said: "Never heard him speak before - was a shock to hear just a strong Scottish accent even though I knew he is from Scotland. Well done on the award."

Featured Image Credit: (Jo Hale/Redferns / Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Topics: Dua Lipa, Glastonbury, Celebrity