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If Lady Gaga and Madonna look and act similar, it is because they are related.
According to Boston celebrity genealogist Chris Child, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta and Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone are ninth cousins once removed. Their shared ancestry dates back to a farming couple in Quebec in the 1600s.
Child says he first suspected that the two pop stars are related when he learned that Lady Gaga had a French-Quebec ancestry, like Madonna.
Both Lady Gaga and Madonna are from an Italian-American background and are known for catchy music and a wild fashion sense.
Child has had a passion for genealogy since he was 11. His previous contributions to celebrity genealogy include identifying Abraham Lincoln’s parents, discovering that Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are also distantly related, and finding out that Mark Wahlberg is a descendent of Scarlet Letter author Nathaniel Hawthorne.