Have you ever wondered if the R&B singer Mario is related to the comedian Chris Rock? If you have, you are not alone. Many people have noticed the striking resemblance between the two celebrities, who look like they could be father and son. But are they really related? Here’s what we know.
The Rumors and the Denials
The rumors that Mario and Chris Rock are related have been circulating for a long time, especially since Mario rose to fame in the early 2000s with his hit songs “Let Me Love You” and “Just a Friend”. Many fans and even strangers have mistaken Mario for Chris Rock, or vice versa, due to their similar facial features, skin tone, hair style and voice.
Mario has addressed the rumors several times in interviews, and has denied that he is Chris Rock’s son. He even met Chris Rock once and asked him if he was his real father, as a joke. According to Mario, Chris Rock laughed and said no, but also complimented him on his music.
Chris Rock has not publicly commented on the rumors, but he has acknowledged that he and Mario look alike. In fact, he once posted a photo of himself with Mario on his Instagram account, with the caption “Me and my son”. He was obviously joking, but some fans took it seriously and thought he was confirming the rumors.
The Truth About Their Family Backgrounds
So, if Mario and Chris Rock are not related, how do they explain their uncanny resemblance? Well, the truth is that they have different family backgrounds and origins, and their similarity is just a coincidence.
Mario was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1986. His full name is Mario Dewar Barrett. He is of African-American descent, with some Jamaican ancestry on his father’s side. He was raised by his grandmother, who also took care of his half-brother and three half-sisters. His mother struggled with drug addiction and was absent for most of his life.
Chris Rock was born in Andrews, South Carolina, in 1965. His full name is Christopher Julius Rock III. He is also of African-American descent, with some Cameroonian ancestry on his paternal grandfather’s side. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, with his parents and six siblings. His father was a truck driver and newspaper deliveryman, who died in 1988. His mother was a teacher and social worker.
As you can see, Mario and Chris Rock are not related by blood or by marriage. They are just two talented and successful celebrities who happen to look very much alike. They have both embraced their resemblance and have joked about it in the past. They also seem to have mutual respect and admiration for each other’s work.
So, the next time you see Mario or Chris Rock on TV or online, don’t be confused by their appearance. They are not father and son, they are not brothers, they are not cousins. They are just from another mother.