Canada's Justin Bieber, Avril Lavigne, Ryan Gosling and Celion Dion: the shocking cousin connection

By Gina DiFalco,

Some of Canada’s biggest stars have all turned out to be related, according to Ancestry.com’s findings.

Justin Bieber is distantly related to Avril Lavigne, Ryan Gosling and even Celine Dion.

The website, which allows users to find out their roots, discovered that Bieber, Lavigne and Gosling share a relative dating back to 400 years ago, making Bieber and Gosling 11th cousins once removed, and Bieber and Lavigne 12th cousins through Mathurin Roy and Marguerite Biré.

According to E! Online, Bieber and Dion are 10th cousins three times removed through common relatives Jacques Vézina and Marie Boisdon.

Ancestry experts believe that all of the celebrity relations date back to Quebec's earliest settlers.

“Discoveries like this are rare, so the fact that some of Canada's top entertainment industry stars are all related is especially fascinating,” said genealogist Lesley Anderson. “There's something special about discovering a shared connection, and to be able to go so far back in history to do so is one of the most satisfying aspects of family history research.”



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