Levine and Lavigne – sounds close enough, right? If you didn’t know how to spell it, you might even mistake them as the same thing.
This could be the reason why some people think that Adam Levine and Avril Lavigne are related. Perhaps the nurse who was working on one of their birth certificates misspelled their name.
After all, what are the chances of two unique, similar-sounding surnames being successful musicians in the pop rock genre?
But of course, we can’t just settle with circumstantial evidence. If we want to prove that Adam Levine and Avril Lavigne are related, we have to take a look at their ancestry.
Adam Levine’s Family Tree
Adam Levine is known for having Jewish roots. His Jewish blood is mainly from his dad’s side, while his mom is half Jewish and half Protestant. This means that the Maroon 5 singer’s ethnicity is mixed. More specifically, he is:
- 75% Jewish (a descendant of Ashkenazi and Sephardi)
- 12.5% German
- 12.5% Scottish
His German and Scottish blood can be traced all the way back to Adam’s maternal grandmother. It’s the only part of his family that has no Jewish background.
Meanwhile,the family of Adam’s maternal grandfather is reported to have originated from Germany and England. That explains his Ashkenazi blood. As for his Sephardi ancestry, no data has been made available yet.
In other words, Adam Levine is European by blood and American by paper. He was born and raised in Los Angeles together with his family. In 1986, however, Adam’s parents divorced.
He was forced to spend each week separate from one parent, and so did his biological brother Michael. Eventually, his dad remarried and gave Adam two half-siblings, namely
- Sam Levine
- Liza Levine
Meanwhile, Adam’s mother also gave marriage another shot by tying the knot with Philip S. Bartof, making him Adam’s step-dad. While Patsy and Philip never had any child together, Philip did have a daughter from his previous marriage: Julia Bartolf Milne. This means that Julia is also Adam’s step-sister.
Avril Lavigne’s Family Tree
The Punk Princess of the early 2000s, Avril Lavigne, was born in Ontario, Canada. And just like most Canadians, she’s a mix of different ethnicities such as:
- French (Fun Fact: Her full name means “April Vineyard” in French)
Avril got her English, Irish, German, and Scottish blood from her mom, who was born and raised in Ontario. It is unknown when Avril’s maternal family migrated to Canada. Meanwhile, her father is of French-Canadian origin. He was born in France but grew up in Canada.
The Sk8ter Boi singer has two siblings: Michelle and Mathew Lavigne. They were all raised together by their Christian parents. While mom and dad were very supportive of Avril’s passion for singing, her older brother was not very appreciative. In fact, he thought it was annoying – well, that’s siblings for you!
So, Is Adam Levine Related to Avril Lavigne?
The only thing that Adam and Avril share apart from their musical inclination is their German and Scottish blood. But does that automatically mean they’re related?
The answer is no: Adam Levine and Avril Lavigne aren’t siblings, cousins, or even remotely related to each other. There’s simply no evidence to suggest that they have common ancestors.
However, that doesn’t stop anyone from associating the two. In 2012, Adam himself even joined in the fun by posting this hilarious tweet:
“Just to clear up the confusion, I am NOT engaged to Chad Kroeger of Nickleback.”
This tweet is poking fun at people who seem to have mistaken the Maroon 5 frontman as Avril Lavigne, who had just announced her engagement with Chad Kroeger that time. Well, it seems that both Avril and Adam also have a great sense of humor!