They both sing. They both act. They are both true red carpet fashionistas. They are both true voices of their generations, and who would have guessed, they are actually related! Well, come to find out that Janelle Monae and Marsai Martin are cousins.
Martin and Monae recently discovered that they were related and talked about their fist meeting in the recent issue of InStyle Magazine.
“Janelle, do you remember when we first met? It was at that Golden Globes after-party a while back. I was so eager to say hello because, as it turns out, we’re related,” Martin recalled in the interview.
“Yes, my love! We’re cousins on cousins on cousins. You were with your mom, and she was naming members of my family, and I was like, ‘Oh my goodness!’” Monáe recalled the encounter. “I don’t meet many people who know about my small community in Kansas City, Kansas. It was the best news because I’m such a fan of you and your role on ‘Black-ish.’”
“I admire so many things about Janelle. My family members would always tell me how we were related, so I was excited when we got to meet and say hello in person,” said Martin in an interview with Essence Magazine. Talent definitely runs deep in this family. Now that we all know that they are cousins, we are voting for a family collaboration soon!