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Justin Bieber related to Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion

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In a mind-boggling broadening of some celebrity Christmas card lists, genealogy website Ancestry.com revealed Thursday that Justin Bieber, Ryan Gosling, Avril Lavigne and Celine Dion are all related. Some of our best friends are Canadian, sure, but we knew things were a little off north of the border!

To be sure, the relations are pretty distant, going back to Quebec's early European settlers 400 years ago. We'll spare you the details going back to 1600s France, but the site says Bieber and Gosling are 11th cousins once removed, Bieber and Dion are 10th cousins three times removed and Bieber and Lavigne are 12th cousins. It's good to know they could all marry each other.

"The great thing about family history is that you never know what you're going to find," Ancestry.com researcher Michelle Ercanback told the AP. "It was a very pleasant surprise." The site apparently started researching their Bieber fever after thumbing through teenybopper mages about a year ago. Shh ... don't tell Ancestry.com you could probably connect anyone together if you go back that far; you'll spoil their moment in the free advertising spotlight.

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