Yes, it’s true they are cousins. Thanks to the Ancestry.com an online genealogy search website it’s revealed that President Barack Obama & Hollywood’s Brad Pitt are actually cousins. This huge online database, archived scanned family-history documents, things like birth and marriage records, but also more obscure records like immigration records and draft-registration cards.
Barack Obama and Brad Pitt
The current occupant of the Oval Office and the hunky movie star are ninth cousins. They share the same ancestor, Edwin Hickman, who was born in 1690. Edwin’s son Edwin Jr. is Brad Pitt‘s seventh great-grandfather (that’s great great great great great great great grandfather.) Edwin’s other son, James, is Obama‘s seventh great-grandfather, on his mother’s side.
George W. Bush and Hugh Hefner (PlayBoy Founder)
The churchgoing, Republican politician probably doesn’t have too much in common with Playboy founder Hefner. But “W” and Hugh share some blood: They’re 11th cousins, twice removed. Bush‘s 10th great-grandfather and Hefner’s eighth great-grandfather was Thomas Richards, who died around 1650.
Tom Hanks and Abraham Lincoln
There’s little resemblance, but the man who played the slow-witted Forrest Gump is indeed a relation of our cerebral 16th president. Didn’t I just catch Hanks reading Team of Rivals?
Princess Diana and Sarah Palin
That’s right, the glamorous former British princess and the moose-hunting Alaska governor share more than a legacy of expensive couture–they’re 10th cousins. Both share the same ninth great-grandfather, John Strong, who was born in England in 1605.
Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles
They’re married, but also apparently blood relatives–ninth cousins once removed. All hail the house of Windsor.
George W. Bush and Dick Cheney
The 43rd president and his all-powerful veep shared an important relationship before both started working in the White House. They’re ninth cousins, one time removed. Common ancestors are William and Lydia Fletcher, both born around 1622.
FDR and Sarah Palin
The 2008 vice-presidential candidate didn’t make it to the White House, but one of her ancestors did: Palin and Franklin D. Roosevelt are ninth cousins, once removed
Britney Spears and John Edwards
The volatile blond pop singer and former presidential candidate (whose own marriage has been pretty volatile lately) are seventh cousins three times removed. Their common ancestor was John Stovall, born in Virginia around 1705.
Richard Nixon and James Dean
The slippery former president and ultra-cool actor don’t have much in common, but are actually seventh cousins, once removed.
Princess Diana and Andrew Firestone
Who knew? Di is also a 10th cousin to Andrew Firestone, the good-looking member of the tire family who is better known for his turn on TV show The Bachelor. Firestone wed actress and model Ivana Bozilovic last year.