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Lady Gaga and Madonna have always been paired as pop rivals. Lady Gaga has been accused of copying Madonna’s style and jacking her swag, but Lady Gaga denies such accusations. All that pop rival beef should now end, because Madonna and Gaga are cousins.

According to celebrity geneologist, Chris Child, Lady Gaga and Madonna are actually 9th cousins. The two pop queens had common ancestors who were a farming couple that moved from France to Quebec in the 1600s. “When I saw that Lady Gaga had French Canadian ancestry, I thought there might be something there,” he said.

Lady Gaga has compared herself to Madonna in the past.  “We’re both Italian-American women, we both started out in the New York underground scene – and we both became famous when we dyed our hair blonde,” she said. Now that they’re cousins, that’s one more similarity to add to the list. 

Check out more celebrities who have famous distant cousins and family members on the next few pages!


President Barack Obama is distant cousins with actor Brad Pitt, six U.S. presidents and former Vice-President Dick Cheney.  


Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie are both of French-Canadian descent and they’re distant cousins. Hillary Clinton is also distant cousins with Celine Dion and Alanis Morissette.


Actor Johnny Depp and Queen Elizabeth have the same great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandfather, which makes them 20th cousins. 


Ellen Degeneres and Princess Kate Middleton are 15th cousins. According to a British geneologists, the two ladies are both related to a man named Sir Thomas Fairfax and his wife Agnes Gascoigne.


Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been buddies since the beginning of their budding acting careers and come to find out, these two stars are actually distant cousins.


Sarah Palin and the late, great Princess Diana are 10th cousins and are related to Reverend John Lothrop who came to Massachusetts in the 17th century. 

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