It looks like Justin Bieber's family is a lot more famous than many people thought. A recent report from Ancestry.com says that Biebs is related to several of Canada's biggest stars. The singer is a distant cousin of Ryan Gosling and Avril Lavigne, and also shares a distant relationship with Celine Dion. The website traced the ancestry back 400 years to the early settling days of Quebec. Clearly, those early Canadians were hiding some pretty impressive genes. While the news of Justin's famous relatives is certainly interesting, a number of other celebs have equally famous distant cousins. Here are a few celebs that you might not know are related.
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck
Everyone knows that the Boston guys have been best pals since childhood, but did you know they were actually related? In 2009, a study from the New England Genealogical Society revealed that the "Good Will Hunting Stars" are actually cousins. Officially, they are 10th cousins, once removed. That isn't a relationship that suggests joint family reunions for the pair, but it's certainly an interesting bit of trivia.
Seeing that these two are arguably the most uniquely stylish pop singers in history, you can't be too surprised that they are related. Ancestry history revealed that the two were distant cousins, tracing back to a French couple that moved to Quebec in the 1600s. Despite the family connection, the ongoing feud between the two still pops up every now and then. Still, perhaps their distant relation is a reason that the two have so many similarities.
Brad Pitt and Barack Obama
The President has been involved in some interesting news about relatives, including the recent news that he is connected to a former slave. However, his relationship to the superstar actor is easily one of the most notable. Barack and Brad are ninth cousins, sharing a connection to a Virginia man who died in the late 1700s. Perhaps Brad and his bride-to-be Angelina Jolie can organize a reunion at the White House. It turns out that Angie is a distant cousin of former First Lady Hillary Clinton.
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