Charlize Theron Reveals Everyone Has Been Pronouncing Her Name Wrong This Whole Time
Charlize Theron has one of those names that we've never been quite sure how to pronounce, so it was a relief when presenter Alex Jones asked the actress to set the record straight in an episode of The One Show.
As it turns out, we've been getting it spectacularly wrong this entire time.
Awkward. Sorry, Charlize!
Chatting to the Bombshell star via video link in a segment for the popular current affairs show, Alex began: "Welcome to The One Show. We've had a thing about your name..."
The presenter - along with co-host Gethin Jones - then went on to explain the various pronunciations of the A-lister's surname that they'd heard over the years.
Alex wondered if "Theron" was pronounced like "heron", with the emphasis on the first syllable.
Gethin, meanwhile, thought Theron should sound similar to the word "begone", emphasising the last syllable.
At first, a very amiable Charlize appeared reluctant to point out any issues with the presenter's theories, but went on to reveal that, actually, the true pronunciation was something else entirely.
As it turns out, Charlize's surname - which is of French origin - is pronounced in a similar way to 'throne', a short and compact sound with one syllable, and a firm 't' rather than a softer 'th' sound.
We'll level with you, this isn't the first time our minds have been blown by revelations involving celebrity names.
Back in September 2018, Chrissy Teigen revealed on Twitter that the entire world had been pronouncing her surname wrongly throughout her career, and that she'd given up trying to correct us all.
The model and TV personality shared a weary tweet on the subject, saying: "Gave up a long time ago. last name is tie-gen not tee-gen."
The surprising revelation came about after one fan tweeted to announce that we'd been saying Ariana Grande's name wrong. (Basically, the pop star's surname should be said 'Grandee' not 'Granday'.)
Similarly, in May 2019, scores of Rihanna fans were shocked to learn that they'd been mispronouncing the singer's name.
In a video shared to British Vogue's Twitter account, the make-up mogul spoke from her launch of her Fendi pop-up store in Paris.
"Hello British Vogue, it's Rihanna," the Bajan singer said to the cameras (side note: as if she needed an introduction).
But some followers were shocked to hear the way Rihanna pronounced her name - Ree-Anna, rather than Ree-Ah-Na, the latter being the usual pronunciation in the States.
Charlize, Chrissy, Ariana, Rihanna - our bad! We'll get it right next time, promise.
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