Why did Ronan Farrow change his name? The recently released HBO series, Allen v. Farrow, documenting the intense custody battle between actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen, has brought the spotlight on America journalist Ronan Farrow. Mia Farrow’s son used to go by a different name before the trial documented in the series.

Who is Ronan Farrow?

Let’s start at the beginning.

Ronan Farrow’s biological mother is actress, Mia Farrow. While his father is said to be filmmaker, Woody Allen, there has been speculation in the past regarding the supposed identity of Ronan’s real father.

In a 2013 interview with Vanity Fair, Mia Farrow admitted that some of her children, including Ronan, could be the result of a long-standing love affair with singer Frank Sinatra.

All of Mia Farrow’s children, including those she had adopted and those she had with Allen, bore the surnames, Previn or Farrow. The surname Previn came from the actress’s first marriage to composer Andre Previn, from whom she obtained a divorce in the late 1970s.

Why did Ronan Farrow change his name?

Sunday, 21 February, the HBO docuseries, Allen V. Farrow, debuted. The plot follows a custody battle between Mia Farrow and Woody Allen over their children, as well as allegations of sexual abuse made by one of their daughters, then seven year old Dylan, against Allen.

The same day it was released Ronan took to Instagram to post an image of himself and his sister Dylan with the caption “proud of my sister”.

Following the 4-part series people have been looking more into the family’s past, including the issue of Ronan Farrow’s paternity.

Ronan Farrow was born, Satchel Ronan O’Sullivan Farrow, named after MLB pitcher, Satchel Paige. Farrow used to be known as Satchel, but, after the custody battle between his parents, he preferred to go by his middle name, Ronan.

Though at the time of his birth, Ronan was thought to be Woody Allen’s child, the question of his paternity was an ongoing debate for the family, so his surname was changed from Allen to Farrow.

In a September 2020 interview with Toofab, Ronan explains the emotional baggage attached to his famous name. He muses, “I kind of wish I had had a not-famous surname.”, due to all of the pressure he received from the media growing up.

So, while Ronan Farrow did not – technically – change his name, viewers of the series seem to think he did, due to the complications, both emotional and legal, associated with his name.

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