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15 Surprising Celebrity Relatives You Didn’t Know About

So, you have your cousins, then you have your second cousins, and third cousins… and then fourth cousins once-removed? As your family tree grows, it becomes increasingly complicated. But if you think your ancestry is hard to track, wait until you get a load of the crazy familial connections in Hollywood. From your favorite actors and singers to the royal family, these celebrities all have surprising relatives who are also in the public eye. Some of these famous duos even share the same last name, but most of us would have never guessed that they were related to each other. Thanks to the use of stage names, there are plenty of famous faces you didn’t realize were actually related.

1. Edwin and Aldis Hodge

Actor Edwin Hodge (Chicago Fire, Secrets and Lies) is the older brother of Underground star Aldis Hodge.

2. Mike Colter and Viola Davis

These hollywood superstars are cousins. We see they share similar traits: smooth chocolate skin, perfect teeth, and superb acting skills!

3. Yara Shahidi and Nas

The Black-ish star’s mother is first cousins with Nas, making them second cousins.

4. Brandy and Snoop Dogg

Brandy and Snoop Dogg’s parents come from McComb, Mississippi. “Brandy’s my first cousins… That’s my family,” Snoop told MTV. Fun fact: Rock & Roll legend Bo Diddley is Brandy’s third cousin.

5. Al Roker and Lenny Kravitz

NBC weatherman Al Roker is the second cousin of rocker Lenny Kravitz. The Jefferson’s star Roxie Roker (Lenny’s mother) was Al’s first cousin.

6. Shanica Knowles and Beyoncé and Solange

Actress Shanica Knowles (Hannah Montana, Real Husbands of Hollywood) is first cousins with Beyoncé and Solange.

7. Monica and Ludacris

Monica and Ludacris are related through marriage and grew up together. The singer’s mother married the rapper’s uncle. “Before there was Ludacris and Monica, there was Christopher Bridges and Mo and we were just always close,” said Monica.

8. Wood Harris and Steve Harris

Wood Harris (The Wire) is the younger brother of actor Steve Harris (The Practice, Legends).

9. Denzel Washington and John David Washington

HBO’s Ballers star John David Washington is the eldest son of Denzel and Pauletta Washington.

10. Fantasia and K-Ci and Jojo

Fantasia is first cousins with R&B duo K-Ci and Jojo.

11. Chiwetel Ejiofor and Zain Asher

CNN International anchor Zain Asher is the younger sister of Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor.

12. LisaRaye and Da Brat

Actress LisaRaye is the older half-sister of rapper Da Brat.

13. Connor and Tom Cruise

DJ Connor Cruise is the adopted son of Tom Cruise. He was adopted by Cruise and actress Nicole Kidman when he was a month old.

14. Pete Rock and Heavy D

Hip hop producer Pete Rock was first introduced to the music biz by his late older cousin, rapper Heavy D.

15. Redfoo and Berry Gordy

LMFAO frontman Redfoo (real name Stefan Kendal Gordy) is the son of Motown founder Berry Gordy.

Source: “Essence.com”

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