THEY say you can choose your friends but not your family – and that is certainly true for Ed Sheeran.
It was revealed this week that the chart-topping singer is a
distant cousin of Mafia hitman Frank Sheeran, played by Robert De Niro in blockbuster The Irishman.
Pop star Ed Sheeran is related to notorious mobster Frank Sheeran
But they are not the only unlikely relations uncovered by genealogists.
SARAH ARNOLD reveals more famous links.
Mick Fleetwood and Prince Harry
Fleetwood Mac drum legend Mick is a sixth cousin, thrice removed, of royal princes William and Harry Barack Obama and Brad Pitt
Former US President Barack and actor Brad are ninth cousins, linked by Edwin Hickman, who died in Virginia in 1769 Princess Diana and Sarah Palin
Princess Diana and the ex-governor of Alaska share the same ninth great-grandfather, John Strong, born in 1605 King Edward III and Danny Dyer
Foul-mouthed East-Enders star Danny has blue blood as he is a descendant of 14th Century king Edward III Benny Hill and Holly Valance
A cousin of 1970s comedian Benny Hill, who died in 1992, is Aussie actress Holly’s grandfather Prince George and Blue Ivy Carter
Beyonce and Jay-Z’s kids, including daughter Blue Ivy, are George and his siblings’ 23rd cousins, twice removed Abraham Lincoln and Tom Hanks
Actor Tom Hanks is the third cousin, four times removed, of the visionary 16th president of the United States Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie
US politician Hillary is a the ninth cousin, twice removed, of Angelina, linked by Jean Cusson, who died in 1718 Malcolm Rifkind and Mark Ronson
Ex-Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm is the second cousin, once removed, of top music producer Mark
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