ACTOR and singer Drake Bell has changed his name on social media, prompting fans to wonder why.
Some fans have found the change offensive too – here’s why.
Why did Drake Bell change his name on social media?
Drake hasn’t officially stated why the change occurred, but it seems to be down to his big fan base in Mexico.
In a move to appeal to that market more, this could explain the change.
On Instagram and Twitter his surname is now Campana and his bio reads “Para mis mejores amigos”, which is Spanish and according to Google Translate means “For my best friends”.
Campana is also a direct translation of Bell, so it seems he’s just done a simple translation and he hasn’t confirmed if he’s made the change legally too.
This isn’t the first time Drake has made a move to appear Mexican or Spanish, as in November 2019 he claimed on Twitter he wouldn’t be writing in English anymore, only Spanish.
Since then he’s released music in Spanish and has hinted at focusing his attentions more on Mexico than the US in a meme-inspired Instagram post.
Is Drake Bell Mexican?
It doesn’t seem so – though we can’t be certain he isn’t part Mexican in his ethnic background, he was born in California.
Some fans have been defending his choice to adopt a Mexican surname, saying that he’s been popular in Mexico for years so this is just to strengthen his presence within that culture.
But others aren’t so impressed and are calling him out for adopting a Mexican name.
One Tweeted: “I’m not gonna explain it but the drake bell s**t is racist af to me white people aren’t allowed to up and switch an entire demographic like that by choice he can go f**k himself.”
Drake is yet to issue a statement on the change and on Spotify he is still listed as Drake Bell.