If you are a fan of rock music, you might have wondered if there is any relation between Taylor Hawkins, the drummer of Foo Fighters, and Justin Hawkins, the singer and guitarist of The Darkness. After all, they share the same surname and they both play in successful bands that have been around for decades. But are they really related, or is it just a coincidence?
The Claim: Justin Hawkins Says They Are Cousins
The first time this claim was made public was in 2019, when Justin Hawkins visited Radio X and revealed to The Chris Moyles Show that he is distantly related to Taylor Hawkins. He explained that his father’s side are all French Canadian, while Taylor’s background is Canadian, and that there is a common family in the middle in Ireland that unites the two clans. He also said that he had met Taylor several times and that they were “family stuff”.
The Response: Taylor Hawkins Agrees with Justin Hawkins
Later that year, Taylor Hawkins was interviewed by Radio X’s Gordon Smart and Matt Morgan, where he was asked about his relationship with Justin Hawkins. He laughed and said: “I don’t know… But if he says so I’ll say yes.” He also complimented Justin’s voice and said that he wished he had his pipes. He added that they still had a strong connection, as his ‘almost’ godson and son of Queen’s Roger Taylor, Rufus Taylor, was actually the drummer of The Darkness.
The Evidence: No Official Confirmation or Denial
So far, there has been no official confirmation or denial of the claim that Taylor Hawkins and Justin Hawkins are distant cousins. Neither of them has provided any genealogical evidence or documents to support their statements. However, it is not impossible that they share some common ancestors, given that both Canada and Ireland have a history of immigration and intermarriage. It is also possible that they have some other relatives in the music industry, as both of them have brothers who are also musicians: Dan Hawkins plays guitar in The Darkness, while Tyler Hawkins plays drums in Chevy Metal.
The Conclusion: A Possible but Unproven Family Connection
In conclusion, the claim that Taylor Hawkins and Justin Hawkins are distant cousins is possible but unproven. Both of them have agreed with the claim, but neither of them has offered any solid proof. Until then, it remains a speculation based on their surname and their musical careers. However, whether they are related or not, they are both talented and respected rock stars who have made their mark in the music world.