The Irish, like many other groups that make up our sprawling melting pot, have reestablished roots in just about every corner of America -- and beyond. Because of this, the luck (and genes) of the Irish run through the veins of some unexpected talents. In fact, some of the world’s most prominent A-listers trace their roots back to the Emerald Isle. As the St. Patty’s Day festivities approach, find out which one of your favorite stars will be celebrating.
Check out the slideshow to see if your favorite celebs made the list.
Pop princess? Check. Latina? Check Irish? Yes, check. Christina Aguilera’s father may be Ecuadorian but her mother is 100% Irish. In an interview with Latina Magazine Christina explains that she’s been on the receiving end of some criticism for not being “Latina enough” in recent years. The star details “I don’t speak the language fluently. And I’m split right down the middle, half Irish and half Ecuadorean. I should not have to prove my ethnicity to anyone. I know who I am.”
The multi-ethnic beauty and phenomenal musician has a bevy of ethnicities in her background. Its been speculated that Keys is part Latina and even part Jamaican. Despite the rumors, Keys, in an interview with the Star Tribune of Minnesota revealed that she’s actually prominently black and Italian “with a little Irish or Scottish.”
Another mixed bombshell and fellow Irish brood, Mariah Carey may be Latina due in part to her father’s Venezuelan background, but its Carey’s mother, opera singer Patricia Carey, that’s 100% Irish. For an interview with The Guardian, Mariah expressed that her mother is extremely proud to be Irish -- “...she’s so Irish, she loves Ireland. She’s like, ‘Yay, Ireland!’ Waving the flag and singing ‘When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.’ And that’s great. I appreciate and respect it..."
Gwen’s last name may be from her Italian father, but the NoDoubt front woman’s mother, Patti Flynn, is full-on Irish. With that being said, the singer is known for embracing all types of ethnicities -- from rocking Bindis back in the 90s after being influenced by Indian culture by former boyfriend Tony Kanal, or hanging with her super eclectic harajuku girls.
Kiss her, she’s Irish! The X Factor winner and Grammy nominated songstress was born in England and sports an impeccably irresistible intonation to match, but the British beauty is of Afro-Guyanese descent via her father and also part Italian and Irish via her mother.