Brad Pitt & Barack Obama?: Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Related

November 25, 2014  |  
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Brad Pitt and Barack Obama aren’t the only celebrities you didn’t know were related. We have no idea how these celebrity cousins flew under the radar for so long.

Al Roker & Lenny Kravitz

Lenny Kravitz’s mother (Helen Willis from The Jeffersons) and Al Roker’s mother were first cousins. We’d love to sit at this star-studded Thanksgiving table.

Bill Bellamy & Shaq

The comedian and the NBA star are second cousins who are both from Newark, N.J. We can sort of see the family resemblance.

Wood Harris & Steve Harris

Did you know that The Wire‘s Wood Haris and The Practice‘s Steve Harris were brothers? It’s hard to see the resemblance when they’re not standing right next to one another.

Chad Johnson & Syleena Johnson

Former NFL player Chad Johnson and singer Syleena Johnson were brother and sister?

K-Ci & JoJo & Fantasia

We’re pretty impressed with Fantasia Barrino’s choice to go her own way as an American Idol star instead of using her very famous connections: her cousins R&B superstars K-Ci & JoJo.

Vince Carter & Tracy McGrady

When the Raptors drafted Tracy McGrady’s cousin Vince Carter, these two became BFFs the way only cousins can. Their teammate Dee Brown once said, “They say they’re cousins… But Siamese twins is more like it.”

Stacey Dash & Damon Dash

Entrepreneur Damon Dash and actress Stacey Dash are first cousins that grew up together in the Bronx. Can you see the resemblance?

Martin Lawrence & Christopher Martin

These two didn’t just play cousins on House Party. They’re actually cousins in real life.

Sommore & Nia Long

Comedienne Sommore and actress Nia Long are actually half-sisters.

Snoop Dogg & Brandy

Very few people knew that these two were related until Snoop Dogg told MTV that Brandy (and Ray J) were his cousins in 2006. But they didn’t know all along either. Snoop says after they found out, they kept it under wraps: “We never really told the world because we weren’t trippin’ off of that, but that’s my family.”

Vanessa Williams & Chris Williams

Now that we see them together, there’s no denying that singer Vanessa Williams and actor Chris Williams are brother and sister.

Dionne Warwick & Whitney Houston

Singing ability definitely runs in this famous family. Singers Dionne Warwick and Whitney Houston are first cousins. Their mothers also sang together in the gospel group The Dinkard Singers.

Brad Pitt & Barack Obama

When researchers at the New England Historic Genealogical Society looked into Brad’s ancestry they found out that these to have a great, great, great grandmother in common. Awkward…

Monica & Ludacris

Monica and Ludacris are close cousins. Monica says, “We grew up together. My mom married his uncle over two decades ago. Before there was Ludacris and Monica, there was Christopher Bridges and Mo and we were just always close.”


Pete Rock & Heavy D

Heavy D (R.I.P.) actually gave his cousin Pete Rock his start in the industry.

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