Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick at the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.

Kevin Bacon stunned when DNA test revealed he and wife Kyra Sedgwick were cousins – it was ‘unsettling’

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick’s love story is one that more people should know about, but both of them might just prefer it that way. For the most part, the managed to keep their relationship out of the headlines. Preferring a quiet life behind closed doors. But, the world eventually found out that they were actually cousins. An unsettling factor added to their now very juicy love story.

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick married soon after meeting

When Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick first met, Kyra admitted that Kevin wasn’t her “type”. Their paths crossed twice with ten years between both meetings. In an interview with Wide Open Country, Kyra said, “He definitely wasn’t my type. In fact, I vividly remember looking at his butt when he walked away after we first met and thinking, Well, I guess some girls like that.”

However, Kevin quickly won her over, and one year later they were married. This was a serious turn of events for Kyra, ho had not anticipated marrying so young. She told Redbook in 2008, “If someone had told me that at 22 I was going to meet the man I was going to marry and at 23 I would marry him and have a child, I would have told them they were out of their mind.”

She told Vulture in 2019, “When I did fall in love with Kevin, it really just felt like there was some urgency to get married, and I don’t know what it was. Suddenly this thing came over me and I was terrified. He was just the one, you know? He was just the soul mate, he was just the one.” It was the year 1988 and they had a private ceremony with 300 guests.

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They have two kids

In the same year Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick tied the knot, their first child arrived, Travis Sedgwick Bacon. Allegedly, Kyra opened up in an interview with More magazine later on that they decided to start a family during their honeymoon. “We were like, ‘Let’s just not use birth control,’” she recalled. “I didn’t think it was going to happen so fast. I got pregnant in two weeks.” Travis grew up to become a musician. He even wrote the music for one of his parent’s films.

In 1992, they welcomed their second child, Sosie Ruth. You might recognize her from the lead role in “13 Reasons Why“. It seems, in Sosie’s case, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

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Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick worked well together

Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick worked very well together, in marriage and in their careers. He once told the media that his meeting Kyra and starting a family is what got him through the darkest patch in his career. “The time I was hitting what I considered to be bottom was also the time I met my wife and our kids were born. Good things were happening. And I was able to keep supporting myself; that always gave me strength.”

Not only did their marriage survive the sands of time, unlike many other celebrity unions, they also worked together on-screen. Kevin played Kyra’s second husband who passed away in the movie, “Cavedweller,” directed by Lisa Cholodenko. Additionally, they acted together in “The Woodsman.”

9th Cousins

Kyra appeared on the TV show, “Find your roots.” This was where she found out the truth behind her and Kevin’s relationship. She, along with the rest of the world, was shocked to find out they were cousins. 9th cousins, to be exact. According to reports, Kyra said she had known all along but still found it “unsettling.”

However, he quickly bounced back from the shock of the news. She said that their relationship was so far apart it did not bother her. As long as they were not 1st cousins, it should not matter. Kevin said, “I kind of felt like it was a joke at my expense, you know.” Luckily for them both, their marriage grew even stronger over the years, regardless of the fact.

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  1. Kyra Sedgwick on When She Learned Husband Kevin Bacon Is Her Cousin: ‘Most White People Are Related’ The Wrap. Ryan Gajewski. August 6, 2017.
  2. Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick: Inside their love story. Newsner. September 10, 2020.