Drake Bell Moved to Mexico and Changed His Name
Drake Bell is now living in Mexico after changing his name to Drake Campana.
On Thursday (November 19), Twitter users discovered that the former Nickelodeon star apparently left his life as "Drake Bell" behind and is now solely tweeting and releasing music in Spanish. Some fans even questioned if the move had anything to do with abuse allegations from his ex-girlfriend.
In November 2019, Bell tweeted that he would no longer be using English on his social media accounts. He changed his last name to "Campana," which is "Bell" in Spanish, after being inspired by a soccer team. Bell showed his support for the Mexican National Team on social media, in return, the team's Twitter account shared a photo of a jersey they made him with his last name translated to Spanish, "Campana."
"It is much easier to understand the Spanish language [but] it is difficult for me to speak it, but I am learning very slowly," he told Esquire in July 2020.
Bell is not Mexican and was born in California, so what sparked the change?
"Growing up in Southern California there has always been a Mexican influence, especially where I grew up, which is Orange County," he told the outlet. "So I always I was aware of it, I was going all the time and when I started doing tours, I got to know places that I fell in love with."
In addition, some fans are speculating that because Bell's music has been more popular in Central and South America, it made sense for the musician to make the move.
Below, see memes and fan reactions to Drake Bell's transformation into Drake Campana.