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11 Celebs Who Kept Their Ex's Last Name After Divorce

02/11/2015 05:53 pm ET

Stars: They're just like us! They, too, have to grapple with whether or not to keep their exes' last name after divorce.

Below, 11 stars who decided to hold on to their former spouse's surname after their marriages ended.

  • Demi Moore
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    Yep, Demi Moore was married to someone else before marrying Bruce Willis. Born Demetria Guynes, Demi meet rocker and first husband Freddy Moore at the Troubadour nightclub in Los Angeles. The pair married in 1980 and divorced four years later. Demi kept the last name and gained fame after starring in "St. Elmo's Fire."
  • Raquel Welch
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    Hollywood legend Raquel Welch -- née Tejada -- married her first husband James Welch in 1959. When the couple separated in 1961, Raquel stuck with the surname. (On another name related note, Raquel refused to change her first name to "Debbie" when the studios suggested "Raquel" might be too ethnic sounding. You go, Raquel.)
  • Tina Turner
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    Before Tina Turner there was Anna Mae Bullock. When Anna Mae met Mississippi bandleader and future husband Ike Turner, he had her change her name to Tina. The musical pair's notoriously messy marriage -- Ike was physically and emotionally abusive -- ended in divorce in 1978. Tina kept the surname after the split, which didn't sit well with Ike.

    "That name isn't really her name. The name 'Tina Turner' belongs to me," he said while serving a prison sentence for for cocaine possession in 1990.
  • Jack White
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    Born John Anthony Gillis, Jack White bucked tradition and took musical partner Meg White's last name when they married. He bucked tradition again and kept her last name when they divorced in 2000.
  • Faith Hill
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    Before she married fellow country star Tim McGraw, Faith Hill was married to songwriter and music publishing executive Daniel Hill. The couple went their separate ways in 1994 and Faith kept Hill as her professional name.
  • Bianca Jagger
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    Mick Jagger is famous for his wild-man dance moves, but let's be honest: his last name is pretty damn cool, too. That might be why his first wife, model Bianca Jagger, kept his last name when they divorced in 1979.
  • Susan Sarandon
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    You know her as Susan Sarandon but her birth certificate reads Susan Abigail Tomalin. The "Thelma And Louise" actress kept first husband's Chris Sarandon's last name when they divorced in 1979 after 12 years of marriage.
  • Ivana Trump
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    Before marrying one-man brand Donald Trump, Ivana Trump was Ivana Zelnícková. When the pair divorced in 1990, she kept the Trump family name -- and a reported $20 million divorce settlement. (Meanwhile, Donald got to keep the nickname Ivana bestowed on him during the marriage -- The Donald.)
  • Joni Mitchell
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    Born Roberta Joan Anderson, folk legend Joni Mitchell married fellow folk singer Chuck Mitchell in 1965. When the marriage ended in divorce a few years later (Joni later called it a "marriage of convenience"), Joni walked away with Chuck's last name.
  • Suzanne Somers
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    When her brief marriage to first husband Bruce Somers ended in 1967, actress Suzanne Somers (née Mahoney) held on to his last name. Years later, she became a household name when she starred on “Three's Company."
  • Pat Benatar
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    Eighties rocker Pat Benatar -- born Andrzejewski -- married her high school sweetheart Dennis when she was 19. In her 2010 memoir, Pat said she knew the marriage was a "terrible mistake" from the get-go. What probably wasn't a mistake? Her decision to keep Dennis' last name after their divorce. Benatar sounds so much more rock 'n roll than Andrzejewski.

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