16 Celebrity Pairs You Didn’t Know Are Actually Related

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As many people as there are in the world, it’s crazy how small it can seem sometimes. The following celebrity family trees prove that point. Apparently, more than a few famous names are related to others, and you would have almost NO idea if it weren’t for the Internet (mainly, Ancestry.com).

What we learned is that Madonna and Justin Bieber are basically related to everyone, but also that the term ‘related’ can be used quite loosely. (12th cousins? Really? We’re probably just as much family to these guys.) ANYWAY, from actors to musicians to politicians, here are some of the most shocking celebrity relatives:

Ryan Gosling & Avril Lavigne

How They're Related: Distant cousins; possibly 12th

Photo: WENN

Ryan Gosling & Justin Bieber

How They're Related: 11th cousins, once removed

Photo: WENN

Celine Dion & Justin Bieber

How They're Related: 12th cousins, three times removed

Photo: WENN

Ellen DeGeneres & Madonna

How They're Related: 11th cousins

Photo: CBS

Lady Gaga & Madonna

How They're Related: Ninth cousins, once removed

Photo: WENN

Gwen Stefani & Madonna

How They're Related: Distant cousins

Photo: WENN

Ellen DeGeneres & Kate Middleton

How They're Related: 15th(!) cousins

Photo: WENN

Lenny Kravitz & Al Roker

How They're Related: Supposedly, Al's cousin, Roxie, was married to Sy Kravitz, Lenny's mother. So... yeah.

Photo: WENN

Ben Affleck & Matt Damon

How They're Related: 10th cousins, once removed

Photo: WENN

Meryl Streep & Brooke Shields

How They're Related: Second cousins, once removed

Photo: WENN

Jenny & Melissa McCarthy

How They're Related: First cousins

Photo: WENN

Snoop Lion & Brandy

How They're Related: First cousins

Photo: WENN

Emily Blunt & Stanley Tucci

How They're Related: Stanley married Emily's sister, Felicity, so they're in-laws.

Photo: Getty

Brad Pitt & Barack Obama

How They're Related: Ninth cousins

Photo: WENN/White House

Angelina Jolie & Hillary Clinton

How They're Related: Ninth cousins, twice removed

Photo: WENN

Halle Berry & Sarah Palin

How They're Related: Sarah said they are; that's about all we know.

Photo: WENN

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  • Mary

    Have you ever heard of the six degrees of separation? Basically, every man on earth is at the most six degrees removed from one another, be it friend-of a cousin, et cetera. But honestly, if you do the math, there’s roughly a 1 in 75,000 chance that someone is related, made considerably less by the possibility of divorce, siblings, and the population boom/ recent immigration into the united states. Really, the figures are astronomically lower.

    This is kind of stupid. With that in consideration, we’re all related.

  • Sammy

    Wow! I didn’t know most of these!