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Bobbi Kristina, Angelina Jolie & More Stars’ Awkward Family Smooches (PHOTOS)

Bobbi Kristina was caught kissing her adopted ‘brother,’ Nick Gordon. See more celebrities accused of getting too cozy with kin.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston’s only daughter, was caught kissing her adopted “brother” Nick Gordon on Monday. From Angelina Jolie smooching her older brother at the 2000 Oscars to Woody Allen’s infamous marriage to his then-girlfriend’s adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn, see stars who’ve been accused of incest.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown

The death of singing icon Whitney Houston shocked the world but seems to have hit her only daughter, 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina Brown, particularly hard. Apart from being rushed to the hospital the day after her mother’s death and allegedly getting high right after the funeral, she’s now apparently … making out with her adopted “brother” Nick Gordon? Little is known about the 22-year-old young man whom Whitney reportedly took into her home over a decade ago (there are no records of an official adoption), but he and Bobbi Kristina have recently been spotted around town together, piling on the PDA. Gordon has defended their right to “grieve” together on Twitter though, saying, “We're just close – just going through her mom’s passing and grieving together." In another tweet, he added: “Yea we got a little closer and what!!! All the haters that dont know us or th real story can't un follow me." The tweets have since been deleted though, prompting some to think he’s been under pressure to keep the relationship under wraps.

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Angelina Jolie

For all of Angelina Jolie’s knife-collecting, vial-of-blood-wearing, wild-child antics during her younger years, few stunts stand out the way her passionate kiss with her brother James Maven does. The two were on the red carpet at the 2000 Academy Awards when Angelina shocked onlookers by leaning in for a prolonged, full-lipped kiss with her older sibling. Maven later said of the kiss, “It was a beautiful moment. But it was totally misconstrued.” Perhaps to mitigate the overall creepiness of the incident, Maven clarified in an interview with The Daily Mail that no tongue was used during the kiss. “I did not give Angie a French kiss, it was something simple and lovely,” he said. “She was about to go off to Mexico to finish filming Original Sin with Antonio Banderas. I congratulated her on the Oscar win and gave her a quick kiss on the lips. It was snapped and became a big thing round the world.”

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Stephanie Seymour

Under normal circumstances, Hollywood wouldn’t even bat an eyelash at seeing a supermodel like Stephanie Seymour canoodling in a bikini with a young man about half her age. In Stephanie’s case last January however, the young man in question happened to be her son, Peter Brant II. Paparazzi shots show the two getting uncomfortably close in swim gear, their faces pressed together and Brant clearly touching the side of Seymour’s breast. It is worth noting, however, that Brant is openly gay and defended his mommy-cuddling on his Facebook, saying, “My mother and i are very close as she is with all her children. she often hugs and kisses me and my siblings in an manner that is intimate, any mother in the world does the same. … At my age my mother and I are almost like friends and I feel open to talk to her about anything (and yes our relationship may be different because of my sexuality.)”

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Barry Williams

Few figures in Hollywood could seem more wholesome than the cast of The Brady Bunch, but as Barry Williams’s 1992 memoir Growing Up Brady revealed, the members of TV’s ideal family had more than enough dysfunction to go around. Perhaps most shockingly, Williams (who played Greg on the show) alleged that he had romanced his on-screen mother, played by Florence Henderson, although the girl he really wanted was (of course) Marcia, played by Maureen McCormick. Henderson refuted these rumors in her own memoir though, saying, “Barry did have a serious crush on me, which I understood and helped him get past. Let us just say that if he had entertained a roll in the hay with me, I would never have done it."

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Jesse James

The outlaw Jesse James broke nearly every rule in the Wild West—and also fell in love with his first cousin. After becoming injured fighting for the Confederacy in the Civil War, James was nursed back to health by his first cousin Zerelda “Zee” Mimms, named after the outlaw’s own mother. The two had a nine-year romance before getting married in 1874 and having four children (two of whom survived to adulthood). Zee was following in her family’s footsteps—her mother and father were also first cousins. James’ marriage was most recently brought to life by Brad Pitt and Mary-Louise Parker in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford .

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Charles Darwin

The father of evolution fell in love with his first cousin, Emma Wedgwood, after spending time at her family’s farm in the country, where he escaped from his exhausting work. The two often discussed his views on natural selection and transmutation, and married in 1839. They had 10 children, two of whom died in infancy. Because of his research, Darwin was worried about his children, and whether his familial relationship with his wife could increase the possibility of genetic diseases. According to a study, first cousins share about 12.5 percent of their genes.

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Albert Einstein

After divorcing his first wife, Albert Einstein married his cousin Elsa Lowenthal in 1919. Elsa and Albert’s mothers were sisters and their fathers were first cousins, making the couple both first and second cousins. The pair spent a few of their earlier years growing up together, until the noted physicist later became Elsa’s second husband.

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Jerry Lee Lewis

Although marriages between first cousins were more common—and socially accepted—last century, that didn’t stop Jerry Lee Lewis from wedding his cousin Myra in the ’50s when she was only 13 years old. The rock ‘n’ roll star tried to keep the marriage, which came during the height of his fame, hidden from the public, but after a British journalist learned about the 23-year-old’s relationship (and third marriage), his fans were outraged. With the piano man’s reputation ruined, his British tour was canceled, and it took decades for his career to recover, though it never reached its previous heights. The Lewis’ relationship came to the screen when Dennis Quaid played the star in the 1989 film Great Balls of Fire!, based on the book by Myra, who was played by Winona Ryder.

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Woody Allen

In what could be classified as “pseudo incest,” Woody Allen made headlines when his relationship with Mia Farrow fell apart after she discovered nude photos Allen had taken of his stepdaughter Soon-Yi, who is the adopted daughter of Farrow and Andre Previn, her third husband. Allen never lived with Farrow, and though he knew Soon-Yi from a young age, he says he was never a father figure to her. The couple, 34 years apart in age, was married in 1997 and remains together.

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E’Dena Hines and Morgan Freeman

A few summers ago, one of the more sordid celebrity rumors to surface alleged that Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman had been carrying on a decade-long affair with his step-granddaughter. Although the report came from The National Enquirer, and none of the rumors have been confirmed or denied by the actor and his 27-year-old relative, Freeman and Myrna, his wife of 24 years, filed for divorce in August 2008. E’Dena Hines, who has known Freeman her whole life, reportedly told Myrna the relationship began when she was a teen.

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Cleopatra VII

Incestuous couplings were common in the Greco-Roman period of Egypt history, and the royal family was no exception: Cleopatra VII was part of a shocking relationship that included her mother, father, and two brothers. To make matters more complicated, the whole family had different numerical versions of the names “Cleopatra” and “Ptolemy.” After being born to siblings Cleopatra V and Ptolemy XII, Cleopatra went on to marry two of her younger brothers, including Ptolemy XIII.