Gabrielle Union And Rapper Saweetie Are Cousins And 9 Other Stars You Didn’t Know Were Related

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Gabrielle Union and Saweetie

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You may or may not know who female rapper Saweetie is, but one thing that might intrigue you about the “Icy Girl” lyricist is that she’s related to Gabrielle Union. While making singer Kehlani her #WCW last week, Union mentioned that the expectant star has collaborated with “my little cousin @saweetie.” When someone asked if the 25-year-old rapper is her play cousin or real cousin, Union confirmed they’re actually family. They are second cousins.

“Yup. Her father and I are 1st cousins,” Union said on Twitter. “Her grandma is my aunt Joanne Glass who I based Eva from ‘Deliver Us From Eva’ on. #FunFact #DozensOfCousins”

That would explain why Union is a fan of the rapper. Back in April she posted a video of herself jamming to Saweetie’s music while hanging out with L.A.’s Finest co-star Jessica Alba, and Saweetie shared it.

Saweetie has also shown cuzzo some love. In an interview with Teen Vogue, she mentioned how support from Union, as well as Shonda Rhimes, too, has meant a lot to her.

“When I get recognition from dope women in the industry who are choosing to listen to my music, it makes me feel like I’m doing something right,” she shared. “I make music that makes me happy and I know that I like my music. But when other people do as well, it means a lot to me. It feels really good and it’s very exciting.”

They aren’t the only famous cousins showing one another love whom you probably didn’t know about. From actresses related to famous politicians to people who found out they were connected because of Ancestry tests, check out nine other famous folks who are related that you may not have known about. Tell a friend.

Viola Davis Mike Colter

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Viola Davis and Mike Colter

The former Luke Cage star told ESSENCE back in 2016 that he and Davis grew up in the same place and were cousins. At the time though, they had yet to meet.

“I know her family from my hometown, but we’ve never met,” he said. “I’m sure our paths will cross at some point.”

Hopefully that’s changed since then.

Kerry Washington and Colin Powell

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Kerry Washington and Colin Powell

On her mother’s side, the former Scandal actress is a cousin of American statesman Colin Powell.

Katt Williams and Ludacris

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Ludacris and Katt Williams

Many people already know that singer Monica and Ludacris are related, but did you know he and and comedian Katt Williams are cousins, too? Williams made an appearance in Luda’s “Pimpin’ All Over the World in 2005.


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The Migos

In case you weren’t aware, rapper Quavo (to the far right) is actually the uncle of fellow group member Takeoff (far left), and he’s the cousin of Cardi’s estranged husband, Offset (in the middle).

Fantasia and Dave Hollister

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Fantasia and Dave Hollister

Fanny is already known as a cousin to famed singers K-Ci and JoJo, but she is also a cousin to former Blackstreet member Dave Hollister.

Wyclef and Pras

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Wyclef Jean and Pras

The former Fugees bandmates are actually cousins.

Aaliyah and Gladys Knight

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Aaliyah and Gladys Knight

The singing legend used to be married to the late Aaliyah’s uncle Barry Hankerson, who helped to launch the “One in a Million” singer’s career.

Nicole Richie, Sheila E.

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Sheila E. and Nicole Richie

Nicole Richie is the niece of legendary drummer Sheila E. She is the sister of Richie’s biological father, Peter Michael Escovedo.

Halle Berry, Sarah Palin

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Halle Berry and Sarah Palin

Back in 2012, the Academy Award-winning actress revealed she’s related to Sarah Palin. She didn’t specify how exactly, but said the politician is a “distant” relative.

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