Saweetie is one of the hottest rappers in the music industry right now, with hits like “My Type”, “Best Friend” and “Fast (Motion)”. But did you know that she has a famous cousin in Hollywood? That’s right, Saweetie is related to none other than Gabrielle Union, the actress and producer known for her roles in “Bring It On”, “Being Mary Jane” and “L.A.’s Finest”. Here’s how they are connected and what their relationship is like.
Saweetie and Gabrielle Union are second cousins, meaning that their fathers are first cousins. Saweetie’s father is Johnny Harper, a former football player at San Jose State University, and her mother is Trinidad Valentin, a former video model who appeared in music videos by Nelly, DMX and others. Gabrielle’s father is Sylvester Union, a military officer and business executive, and her mother is Theresa Glass, a social worker and phone company manager.
Saweetie’s paternal grandmother is Joanne Glass Harper, who is Gabrielle’s aunt. Joanne was the inspiration for Gabrielle’s character Eva in the 2003 romantic comedy “Deliver Us from Eva”. Gabrielle revealed this fun fact on Twitter in 2018, when a fan asked her if she was related to Saweetie. She wrote: “Her father and I are 1st cousins. Her grandma is my aunt Joanne Glass who I based Eva from ‘Deliver Us from Eva’ on. #FunFact #DozensOfCousins”
What is Saweetie and Gabrielle Union’s relationship like?
Saweetie and Gabrielle Union have a close and supportive relationship as cousins. They often show each other love on social media, such as when Gabrielle participated in the #MyTypeChallenge in 2019 to celebrate Saweetie’s viral hit. She posted a video of herself dancing to the song on Instagram, with the caption: “Always support my fam”
Saweetie also performed at Gabrielle’s birthday party in 2019, where they both wore matching Clovers cheerleading outfits from Gabrielle’s breakout role in “Bring It On”. They posed for pictures together and looked like they were having a blast. Gabrielle shared the photos on Instagram, with the caption: “Brought It #CaliforniaLove”
Saweetie recently wished Gabrielle a happy birthday on July 2, 2021, by posting a throwback photo of them together on Instagram. She wrote: “Happy birthday big cousin! Love you so much @gabunion”
Saweetie is not only related to Gabrielle Union, but also to some other famous names in the entertainment industry. Her cousin is MC Hammer, the rap legend who rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s with hits like “U Can’t Touch This” and “2 Legit 2 Quit”. Her other cousin is Zaytoven, the Grammy-winning producer who has worked with artists like Gucci Mane, Future, Migos and Usher.
Saweetie told Billboard in 2018 that she grew up with these relatives, but she did not want to rely on their connections to make it in the music business. She said: “Our family grew up with the Burrells [MC Hammer’s family]. My cousin’s dad is MC Hammer, and another one of my cousins is Zaytoven. We all grew up together and it’s interesting to see how we turned out.” She added: “But me, I have so much pride. I believe in being self-made and trying to figure things out on my own.”
Saweetie has proven that she has what it takes to be a star in her own right, with her talent, charisma and work ethic. She has also shown that she values her family and their support. She once said in an interview with Desus & Mero: “I love my family because they’re so supportive of me.”
Saweetie and Gabrielle Union are cousins who share a bond of love and respect. They are both successful women in their respective fields of music and acting, but they also have fun together as family members. They are an example of how talent runs in the family, but also how hard work pays off.
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