This is really why Dove Cameron changed her name

Actress Dove Cameron has faced countless tragedies in her life and career. The Disney Channel graduate formed a sweet bond with her Descendants co-star Cameron Boyce, who died of a seizure in 2019. The loss hit Cameron particularly hard and she took to Instagram to pay tribute to her late friend. “Cameron was one of my favorite people in the world,” she told her fans (via Yahoo!). “For the past six years, since he was only 14, Cameron has talked me off countless ledges, talked me through eating disorders, helped me out of a dark relationship and through endless breakdowns.” As she shared, Boyce was her “earth angel ‘ and a bright light taken too soon.

Throughout her time in the spotlight, Cameron has been open about her mental health struggles, often speaking on social media about her struggles with anxiety, depression and eating disorders. “I experienced so much pain early in life and I remember thinking it was so bizarre that we’re pretending the pain doesn’t exist,” she told BeatRoute when asked why she was like that is open with fans. “For example, every person is privy to this great secret and says, ‘We are good,’ but how, WHY? FOR WHO?” From sharing tips on “creating small borders” on Twitter to standing up for women’s rights, Cameron is an open book. When it came time to talk about how her own childhood tragedy prompted her to change her name, Cameron didn’t hold back.

Dove Cameron honors her late father with her name

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Like other celebrities, Dove Cameron does not go by her real name. But while some stars, like Elton John, have chosen to change their names to differentiate themselves in the industry, Cameron’s name change comes with an early tragedy. The Descendants star was actually born Chloe Celeste Hosterman, and in 2017 she took to Twitter to reveal the reason she’s not using her real name professionally. “My dad used to call me Dove,” she wrote. “He took his own life when I was 15 so I couldn’t say goodbye so I changed it in his honor.”

However, the name Dove Cameron is more than just a nickname; it is also her legal name. “[My dad] called me Dove more than he ever called me Chloe,” Cameron told StyleWatch (via People). “He died when I was 15 and I decided to change it legally. So it’s in my passport – everything legal is Dove.” Fans applauded Cameron’s name change, with one fan tweeting, “It’s like every time someone calls you Dove, your dad is talking to you… it’s so incredibly beautiful ! He would be so proud.”

In 2016, Cameron posted a touching Instagram tribute to mark the 5th anniversary of her father’s death. “You prepared me for the best life imaginable and I intend to make it happen [you] I’m proud every day and never waste it,” she wrote, subscribing, “Forever your best friend and baby girl.”

Dove Cameron and her father have more than one name in common

After Dove Cameron’s father died, certain secrets about his life came to light. “He took his own life and was also secretive, which we only found out after his death,” the star revealed, per Entertainment Weekly. “When I found that out, I thought everything was right. He was such a sensitive person.” Cameron concluded by saying that she hopes to one day immortalize her late father in film because he is “just the most fascinating human being”.

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As it turns out, the father-daughter duo has more in common than just Cameron’s name change to “Dove.” Cameron also felt she couldn’t be honest about her sexuality, and it wasn’t until 2021 that the former Disney sweetheart felt it was safe to come out. “I’ve hinted at my sexuality for years while I was afraid to speak out for everyone,” Cameron told the Gay Times. In 2017, she fueled speculation that she was bisexual after a snapshot story showed her kissing “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” star Kiersey Clemons (via J-14). But at the time, she didn’t feel like she could be her authentic self because “I felt like I wasn’t accepted,” she told Gay Times. There’s no doubt Cameron’s dad would be proud that she’s living her most authentic life.

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