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You Won’t Believe How ‘Gossip Girl’ & ‘High School Musical’ Are Connected


There is no doubt about the fact that High School Musical and Gossip Girl were both important parts of our tween/teen years. What if I told you there had been a low-key connection between the two this entire time?

It turns out that Serena Van Der Woodsen is related to Coach Bolton.

Okay, well not exactly.

Bart Johnson, the actor who plays Coach Bolton, and Blake Lively, the actress behind Serena Van Der Woodsen, do have unexpected family ties.

Johnson is married to Lively’s sister, Robin Lively, which makes Lively and Johnson brother and sister-in-law.

The thing is, this information has been right in front of us this whole time, we just didn’t know where to look!

Here is Lively with her sister:

And here is her sister with Coach Bolton:

If Johnson’s Instagram is any indication, this family is very close:

Proud to be surrounded by STRONG women in my family!! ๐Ÿ”ฅ ๐Ÿ’ช #gilrpower #madrespectforstrongwomen stndingupforthosewhocant #proudbrother @blakelively ….. #Repost @blakelively ใƒปใƒปใƒป WOW! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ˜ฎThank you @variety for honoring the power of women and also for helping me support @childrescuecoalition Check them out. They're working to protect children AND BABIES from horrific sexual assault and exploitation. Everyone working there is the real hero. I'm grateful to share their work. ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿฟ Let's protect our little ones, all over the world! ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿผโค๏ธ

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With my sister and bestest friend @blakelively at the Hollywood Walk Of Fame for an EPIC honoring of the hard work and dedication, vision, tenacity and success of a truly great man Mr. Ryan Reynolds @vancityreynolds who will forever be immortalized on Hollywood Blvd with official icon status. I think most young actors that comes to Hollywood with nothing but a dream and a few pennies in their pocket, seem to makes their way to this historic landmark and marvels at the legends that have come before them. Ryan, today you are one of the legends and forever recognized at this historic landmark. And that's dang cool! Congrats bro. You deserve this. #legend #deadpool #mybrotherinlawiscoolerthanyourbroyehrinlaw #littlesisterlegittoo

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So, does this mean that Serena Van Der Woodsen is Troy Bolton’s aunt-in-law? No, wait, this is getting too confusing.

It makes us happy to see strong, supportive families sticking together, so this little piece of information definitely made our Thursday.

If there is anything to learn here, it is that for a generation that is so savvy with the internet, we missed a big piece of information for all these years. Luckily, we’re all in this together, so we know better now.

Shivani Gonzalez is an editorial intern at College Candy. Originally from Upstate New York but going to school in Canada, Shivani is pursuing a BA in Political Studies from Queen's University. Most importantly, she is obsessed with all things pop culture.