Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor is a descendant of 11th century POPE GREGORY VII.

Shock rocker Taylor made the amazing discovery when he met his natural father for the first time recently.

He says, "It turns out I've got a pope in the family.

"My dad's last name is Hildebrand and there was a Hildebrand who was Pope Gregory VII.

"He was the first pope who wasn't royalty, but unfortunately the power went to his head and he abused it."