Bad Bunny finally revealed the reason behind his stage name on 'Carpool Karaoke' and it all makes sense now

The Bad Bunny 'Carpool Karaoke' appearance had us swooning on multiple occasions, including the origins of his stage name

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The Bad Bunny Carpool Karaoke appearance is gaining just as much traction as the rapper's love life. (You've probably done a deep dive into who Bad Bunny is dating, haven't you?!) 

On March 14, Benito got in the passenger seat of James Corden's SUV to chat, belt out some hits (Ariana Grande included), and discuss the origins of his career, starting with his stage name. 

So.. why Bad Bunny?

Originally, the Puerto Rican artist intended to keep his identity a mystery, and even contemplated covering up his face with a mask. This was something Corden couldn't possibly understand—why would he want to disguise such "a beautiful face"? 

"I never wanted to be so famous, but then I just went with the flow," Bad Bunny confessed. 

But when asked about the decision to go with the name Bad Bunny, the rapper said, "Bad Bunny ... no matter how bad is still looking cute."

D'aww! Very true indeed! He had previously told E! News that he got the idea from a picture of him dressed as a bunny when he was a kid.

"Bad Bunny, that name comes from a picture when I was a kid. I think that I was six years old I was so mad. That was Easter day in the school and the teacher picked me to dress up", he told the publication back in 2020.

For the record, his full real name is Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio.

We're also kind of shocked about a few of his confessions throughout the ride. For one, he made it to the Grammy's with literally minutes (eight to be exact) to spare after getting caught in L.A. traffic. (Yes, the Grammys with that viral Bad Bunny Taylor Swift moment.) We were also a bit surprised by the impromptu wrestling challenge and Rey Mysterio cameo, but hey, whatever works...

BRB, if you need us we'll be singing along with Bad Bunny and James Corden (and Ari, too).

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

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Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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