Five years after the sweet love ended ... Anita Baker's finally ready to reclaim her name.
The R&B legend divorced Walter Bridgforth, Jr. in 2010, but she just filed docs in L.A. to legally drop his last name and go back to Anita Denise Baker.
The Grammy winner never changed her name professionally ... so the change won't affect your music cataloging at home. Unclear why she waited so long to make the switch.
She and Walter had been married for 19 years before their split.