updated 10/11/2012 AT 8:15 AM ET
•originally published 10/11/2012 AT 8:30 AM ET
Well, this would be quite the star-studded family reunion!
Justin Bieber is a distant cousin of Ryan Gosling, Céline Dion and Avril Lavigne, genealogists at Ancestry.com said Thursday – with their family links dating back to the early settlers of Canada’s Quebec province.
Bieber and Gosling are 11th cousins once removed; he and and Dion are 10th cousins three times removed; and he and Lavigne are 12th cousins.
“The great thing about family history is that you never know what you’re going to find,” Michelle Ercanback, a researcher with Ancentry.com, told the Associated Press. “It was a very pleasant surprise.”