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Friday October 12, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY -- Call it the Cana dian dynasty of teenybopper pop and movie stardom.

Genealogists at say they’ve discovered that teen idol Justin Bieber is a distant cousin of movie star Ryan Gosling and pop singer Avril Lavigne. The Utah-based company announced Thursday that the celebrities’ family link dates back to some of Que bec’s earliest settlers 400 years ago.

The researchers say Bieber is also connected to singer Celine Dion.

Ances says Bieber and Gosling are 11th cousins once removed, and Bieber and Lavigne are 12th cousins.

The genealogists say Bie ber and Dion are 10th cous ins three times removed, and they’re linked through a French couple born in the early 1600s.

-- Associated Press