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Ancestry reveals Taylor Swift is related to American poet Emily Dickinson: EXCLUSIVE

It seems as if Swift's ability with words runs in the family.
/ Source: TODAY

Taylor Swift may not be the only tortured poet in her family.

Yes, the pop superstar, whose new album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” comes out April 19, is a distant relative of Emily Dickinson.

Genealogy company Ancestry found that the “Cruel Summer” singer is related to the legendary American poet, TODAY exclusively revealed March 4. They are sixth cousins, three times removed.

“Swift and Dickinson both descend from a 17th century English immigrant (Swift’s 9th great-grandfather and Dickinson’s 6th great-grandfather who was an early settler of Windsor, Connecticut),” Ancestry shared with TODAY.

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson c. 1846
Emily Dickinson lives on in her distant cousin, Taylor Swift.Getty Images

“Taylor Swift’s ancestors remained in Connecticut for six generations until her part of the family eventually settled in northwestern Pennsylvania, where they married into the Swift family line.”

Interestingly, Swift herself has publicly referenced the 19th century poet while talking about the different types of lyrics she writes for her songs.

“If my lyrics sound like a letter written by Emily Dickinson’s great-grandmother while sewing a lace curtain, that’s me writing in the Quill genre,” she said in 2022 while receiving the Songwriter-Artist of the Decade Award from the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift has spoken about the impact Emily Dickinson has had on her.Steve Granitz / FilmMagic

Fans have also speculated that Swift’s ninth studio album, “Evermore,” was inspired by the 19th century poet.

Swift announced the album's release on Dec. 10, 2020, which is Dickinson's birthday. Dickinson also wrote a poem called "One Sister Have I in Our House,” which features the word “forevermore,” similar to the title of Swift's album.

A few days before she announced the release of "Evermore," Swift also discussed the cover of her album "Folklore," telling Entertainment Weekly she had an idea for “this girl sleepwalking through the forest in a nightgown in 1830,” which happens to be the year Dickinson was born.

This isn’t the first time Ancestry has learned two American icons are related. In 2019, it found Tom Hanks, who played Mister Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” was related to the late children’s TV host.