Monday, 16 May 2011

Born That Way?

Lady Gaga and Madonna revealed to be distant cousins

Ever since she burst on the scene with her brand of pop and provocative outfits, Lady Gaga has forever been compared to the queen of the music scene, Madonna. 
The similarities between the two divas have been considered so close, that the 25-year-old Born This Way star was even once accused of plagiarising one of the 52-year-old legend's famous tunes. 
Now new evidence has emerged concluding the pair are in fact related. 
According to celebrity genealogist Chris Child, Gaga and Madonna are distant cousins. 
'They are ninth cousins once removed,' the New England Historic Genealogical Society specialist told the Boston Globe.
After much research, Child reportedly provided proof of the findings, which showed  that the two had common ancestors in the form of a farming couple, who moved from France to Quebec in the 1600s.
'When I saw that Lady Gaga had French Canadian ancestry, I thought there might be something there,' he said.
Child tracked the French Canadian families 'back 200 years within minutes' .
Priests in Quebec would record all marriages between the 1600s and the 1900s.
Gaga, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, has compared herself to the Material Girl in the past.

Cousins? New evidence conclude that Lady Gaga and Madonna, pictured here in September 2009, are distance cousins

Much like Madonna, Gaga has also courted controversy from the Catholic Church, especially over her single Judas, which was released ahead of Good Friday this year.
The song was scheduled for an Easter release much to the annoyance of many Catholics.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue told ABC News: 'It's all intentional. It's done to take a few shots at Catholics. We've been down this road before'.
'She mimics Madonna', Donohue said. 'Madonna has admitted to loathing the Catholic Church. I don't see the dame degree of vitriol on the part of Lady Gaga.'
For years, Madonna, who now practise Kabbalah, has also outraged the Catholic church with her provocative outfits and racy lyrics.
Lady Gaga is not the only pop star related to legend. 
No Doubt's Gwen Stefani is also a distant cousin.

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