Was Taylor Swift dating Conor Kennedy before he even turned 18 years old?

Last week, we were inundated with reports about Taylor Swift’s newest boyfriend, the 18-year-old Conor Kennedy. Conor is the oldest son of Robert Kennedy Jr. and the late Mary Kennedy, who committed suicide just a few months ago. Swifty seemed to be circling the Kennedy clan for months, and there were even rumors that she was dating Patrick Schwarzenegger, who is also only 18 years old – Patrick turns 19 in September, whereas Conor only turned 18 last month. I’m pointing out the difference in ages by months for a reason – because Page Six claims Swifty was quietly dating Conor before he even turned 18:

Could Taylor Swift be a Kennedy cougar? Sources tell us the country singing star, 22, kicked off her friendship with Conor Kennedy months ago, when he was still a minor. We’re told Conor’s cousins would accompany them on dates, but the family insisted they wait until after he turned 18 to come out as a couple. Now People magazine reports: “Their romance became quite public on July 25 — just a day after Conor’s 18th birthday — with a hand-holding pizza outing in his hometown of Mount Kisco, NY.” Since then, the two have been spotted kissing in public, and a source tells us, “They’ve already said, ‘I love you.’ ” However, a rep for Swift insisted, “This is not true.”

[From Page Six]

This is really similar to what happened between Swifty’s friend Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, right? Selena pounced on The Bieb when he was only 17, and she’s more than two years older than The Bieb. The difference between a 17 year old boy and a 19-year-old girl is big enough. But the difference between a 17-year-old KENNEDY boy and a 22-year-old girl-woman like Swifty? That is huge. I’m sorry. I would feel the same way if the genders were reversed too, and a 22-year-old boy-man was going after a 17-year-old girl. What makes it even worse – in my opinion – is that Swifty is playing it like Conor has “swept her off her feet”. Please. That’s just gross.

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  1. grace says:

    That’s a bit judgemental. These things can only be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Taylor has always acted a couple of years younger than her age and, let’s be real, she’s not going to lead him astray. Conor has dealt with a lot of rough family stuff (heroin use, alcoholism, mental health issues, custody battles + suicide) and has probably had to grow up faster than most. I’m sure he could do with a good friend right now, apart from anything else.

    And Taylor never ‘dated’ Patrick. Conor was standing right next to her in those pictures. In fact, she hasn’t publicly dated anyone in two years (Gyllenhaal).

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      ..well but then that creepy JOhn Mayer thing came out. It may not have been a very “public” or lengthy relationship, but in articles where they list her ex-bfs, he’s listed, which was pretty recent..sickly enough. I will never understand that very temp coupling. Gross. Glad she found someone who is(appearing to be) more on her “level.” As long as he’s not an ultra dbag or gay, she should be alright.

  2. Brown says:

    I am 23 and I would never consider dating a guy in their teens. 18, 19, whatever. Even 20 is a stretch. Sorry, gotta be able to legally have a beer in order to hang. Must be *this* tall to ride. Etc etc.

    That being said, I don’t think of Swifty as a woman for some reason. This doesn’t really weird me out. Looking at JUST the age difference, yeah, 22 vs 18 (17?) is kind of skeevy. But then I think “O, it’s Swifty. She’s not really 22″ (even though she is) and that makes it somehow better for me.

  3. ramona says:

    That photo of Taytay in the red dress? The maroon eye makeup? She looks like a scary monster. Maroon eye makeup is not a good choice.

  4. CatfromFLA says:

    I am starting to think that Swifty is kinda shifty.

  5. lafairy says:

    yeaah…. meh. it’s too picky for me she is just 22 they are just 4 years apart even if he wasn’t 18 at the time they began dating they are about the same age I am totally not shocked!

    Funny how this can be singled out while crazily huge age gap when the man is older are find to be ok!

    a vivid and shocking example: Liam Neeson 60 and his girlfriend…36 and everybody found it age appropriate (how this can be age appropriate??? he can be her dad!)

    So I will not cast an irrelevant stone on a harmless relationship between 2 young people in the same age bracket

    • Kate says:

      36 is an adult. You have decades of life experience. There isn’t the gulf between you that there is a teenager and someone in their mid-20s.

      17 and 22 isn’t disgusting IMO, no. (Age of consent is 16 here, so my attitude may be different on that basis as well.) But it does give one hell of a lot more power to the older party, because they are able to manipulate the younger, should they choose to.

      I’d also wonder what exactly they wanted to date someone that age for. Particularly when she has been involved with quite a lot of guys, and has experienced a lot for someone so young – you’d usually be fresh out of college at 22. What do they talk about? Favourite bands? Most hated newspaper stories on relatives? What?

      And forgive me, but a 17/18 year old guy is also likely to lack experience in another fairly essential area, if you get my drift. Energy and enthusiasm is sweet but hardly compensatory.

      • lafairy says:

        Sorry but to me it is quite the same.
        When I was 17 my boyfriend was 22 I found it perfect at the time and it didn’t bother anyone.
        Plus since you are talking about sex, at these age you are both in the learning ‘stage’ so it is fitted.

        ps: 22 isn’t mid-20′s more like early 20′s. and late teens/ early 20′s couples happen all the time. all the time.
        Plus some men never gain THAT experience even at 50 while some other are naturally gifted aand are awesome at 18!
        you are not fully an adult at 22 and if you are a bit immature a younger guy can e perfect for you.

      • lafairy says:

        Sorry I forgot something:

        on the sex level, one of my girlfriends who is 26 had sex whith a 17 years old for a couple of months (in my country it is totally legal.)he is a water polo athlete.
        and she told us it was the best she ever had. ever…. her ex-boyfriend was a 37 years old man… so to speak about being ‘naturally’ gifted. some are some are not , no matter how much ‘training’ they will have in life…;)

      • Isa says:

        What does anyone talk about ever? Similar interests, different interests, hopes, dreams, aspirations, celebrity gossip. They talk about anything they want to talk about. There’s what 4.5 years difference? I highly doubt she has to start every sentence with, “well back in my day…” lol.

      • Kate says:

        A huge amount of brain development happens in the 15-20 years. Impulse control, reasoning, deductive logic. There’s some really interesting research on it. Basically, you aren’t emotionally grown, however much life experience you’ve had (and how much independent life experience is it actually desirable for someone that young to have had, either?).

        A 36 year old is not going to be manipulated by a 60 year old, unless they’d also be by another 36 year old. They are old enough to have matured into adulthood, they aren’t going to be naive and vulnerable unless that’s just who they are. All 17 year olds are to an extent vulnerable/naive, though few would agree or realise it. It’s a GOOD thing. They should not have been left to fend for themselves yet at that age. Personally I’d not be attracted to a 60 year old, but that’s a whole other issue, and not a moral one.

        No, a 22 year old is not an adult, fully. But they are, or should be, one hell of a lot closer than a 17 year old. That’s why they can vote, drink, have sex and live independently. they’ve had those all-essential young adult years to embark on the journey of adult discovery. At 17, you are very, worryingly young for all those things to be much of a part of your life. You still need parental care and guidance, and should date your own age.

        If this were my son I’d be unhappy.

      • lafairy says:

        “That’s why they can vote, drink, have sex and live independently. ”

        Well in most european countries you have those rights at that age so to me this whole point is totally void.

        So based on that to me there is no difference between a 17 years old and a 22 years old: vote? check! sex? check! alcohol? check! ability to live indenpendently? check.

        Besides it is totally and absolutely ridiculous to try to convince anyone that a late teen and an early 20′s have less in common and are in more dramatically different stages in life than 2 adults separated by a whole quarter of century of an age gap, in a situation where one could have been totally birthed the other. Totally ridiculous and non-sense.

        As they say “you learn as you live” so saying that someone who has lived a whole quarter of a century ahead of the other is on the same level of someone that can be his/her offspring is a strong denying of the learning journey that is the human life.

        of course someone who is old inoff to be your parent can manipulate you no matter your age and of course it is a way less appropriate and fitting couple than one where the age difference is as significant as 4 years when you are a late teen and your SO is an early 20′s!

        and besides I am quite sure that nobody would have bat an eyelash if the gender were reversed while everybody would habe been totally outraged if a 60years old actress was parading with a 36 years old man.

        Because sadly that is exactly where the supposed “age appropriate” thing lies.

        and for the record in these brain research studies, they find that the actual most significant brain developement is between the age of 15 and 25, so even on this gound then they are totally on the same growing page…

    • L says:

      Big difference between 36 and 60 vs. 17 and 22. It’s not a age difference, it’s a stage difference.

      A 36 year old is a adult and has lived life and can be in the same life situations as a 60 year old.

      17 and 22 (esp when one is still in high school) is a huge difference.

      • lafairy says:

        I perfectly understand what you are saying but I strongly beg to differ.

        You are way much at the same stage of life at 18 and 22 , than at 36 and 60!!

        at 18/22: you have a lot in common: you are young, carefree, discovering realtionships your goals in life, how to achieve them, interaction with others,there are differences but not so striking!

        and 36/60: the only common denomination is that you are both adults besides that nothing else in common: one is still considered young, the other one is old pushing on elderly, one is at the edge of his/her career or conqueering, the other one is on the edge on retiring, one still have more plans than experiences, the other one has way more experiences than a future that he can be sure of.
        One can still have kids, the other has gone throughout andropausis.

        ‘A 36 year old is a adult and has lived life and can be in the same life
        situations as a 60 year old.’

        so do you mean that between 36 and 60 there is then nothing to learn?

        To me 18/22 is waaaayyyyyy more relevant than 36/60,how can 24 years apart make you at the same stage in life????how can you be in the same stage in life than your parents??? (24 years is a difference when one can be the parent of the other)how?

        late teens/ early 20′s couples happen all the time and are quite “normal”.
        While 30′s people and / grand-pa or grand-ma are everything but normal or natural.

      • Jinx says:

        I totally agree with you Lafairy, I didn’t even understand the 36-60 same-mind same-stage concept.

  6. anon says:

    I think Swifty is very immature & you can be sure if Roles were reversed some MOMMA would be having a fit if she indeed was dating him before he was 18. Is that Stat rape? Not sure but raises the question why this came out directly with his 18 birthday.. HMMMMM

  7. Sophia says:

    Taylor is completely incapable of choosing a suitable guy! The age gap is just weird at such a point in their lives. I always wonder about people who can’t find a partner their own age. Then again, I am a bit biased as my ex was cheating with a 17 year old! So wrong.

  8. lori says:

    And I guess the “insider” scoop that all the tabloids printed about Marie Schiver hating Taylor for dating her son was total BS too? I’m confused. Did she date Patrick or not? Or did she use him as a cover for her statutory relationship?

    • grace says:

      That whole thing was BS. She never dated Patrick – Conor was hanging out with them in the same photos. Media ran with the wrong story. In fact, Taylor and Maria Shriver were seen at the gym together in Hyannisport yesterday (per twitter).

  9. Lizzie says:

    She makes girls our age look bad. And she has crazy eyes….like put a rabbit on the stove crazy eyes.

  10. aud says:

    I don’t see a huge issue with him being 17 and 3/4 versus 18. What they have in common/enjoying eAch other matters more than age. As long as it’s legal, whatever

  11. Genevieve says:

    I’m with you, Kaiser. While they are indeed adorable together, both are too young to date w/ that kind of age difference.

    Also, I am totally SHOCKED that the very austere Kennedy family is actually thrilled to have a *gasp* “Hollywood entertainer” in their cloistered midst.

    Who knows. :-/

  12. Talie says:

    Isn’t he still in high school, too? Or was that a rumor?

  13. Happymom says:

    She’s supposed to be obsessed with this family: eye roll. She couldn’t have found some other cousin in his early 20s to hang with? And 4 years at this point in their lives is HUGE. If she was 30 and he was 26 no one would give it a thought. He’s in high school and this is just. gross. But of course his disgusting father is certainly not going to put a stop to it.

  14. The Original Denise says:

    This is gross! There are so many young men her age out there, why can’t she find one of them?

  15. Lenna says:

    I’m surrounded by young men and women between the 17-23 age…there is very little difference. They’re all (mostly) selfish, self absorbed and pretty dumb. The boys only think about sex and the girls only think about shopping. I know that’s pretty generalized, but that’s my experience. I also think being a Kennedy comes with a certain amount of responsibility that ages one prematurely. I have no issue with them dating.

    • Lyssie89 says:

      Wow. That’s a pretty harsh generalization.

    • Brown says:

      That is a REALLY harsh generalization that came off slightly bitter (at least to me.) Sounds like you should change your circumstances if those are the “types” you’re hanging around all day. I know this may come as a shocker so brace yourself, but for me and my mid-20s friends, we are concerned with more than shopping and sex. We have jobs, bills, relationships, some have families. Sounds like YOUR group is the exception to the rule.

    • Lenna says:

      I’m talking about kids of friends and nieces and nephews. I’m 37 with a 10 and 7 year old….and I’m pretty sure I said…mostly. At 21 I was married and in college too. Paying bills and being a resonsible adult as I’m sure you all are too. You can’t deny the fact that there is a large factor of todays young adults that are not doing what you all do…besides tHis is about swifty and connor and how THEY seem to have similar lifestyles and therefore probably get along great.

  16. DEB says:

    So THAT’S what she looks like when she opens her mouth! Now I see why she has fewer facial expressions than even Posh Spice, lol. Ugh.

  17. Chatcat says:

    I shake my head repeatedly when people make a big deal of age gap in a relationship such as this. LH is 22 and Miley is 19 and the masses are not screaming about the age difference there, yes being engaged young, but not the age gap.

    I have a 17 year old son, and he is pretty mature and has it together, and if started dating a 22 year girl I would scrutinize all the same things I would as if she was herself 17. If they seemed ill suited, I’d sit back and see how it plays out … just like I do with my 21 y/o son and my 24 y/o son.

  18. Lurkeelee says:

    Someone should come right out and publicly call this woman out on her pedo shenanigans and I think that someone should be……KANYE WEST!!!

    Seriously, this bish needs to start dating guys her OWN AGE.

  19. Sheigh says:

    At 22, she already looks like a wax doll with no face expression !
    Really awful.

  20. OrangeBlohan says:

    Seriously, I don’t think we need to get “To Catch a Predator” involved.

  21. flutters says:

    I feel like the bigger story is that once again, right as she’s about to release a new single and start promoting a new album, Taylor Swift is rolling out a new man. Well, a new boy. It’s like clockwork with her. Joe Jonas when Fearless came out (then he dumped her), Taylor Lautner when Fearless was rereleased, Jake Gyllenhaal when Speak Now came out.

    Call me crazy but I wonder if this is some kind of arranged deal between the Kennedys and Swift’s team. This gets the Kennedy brand back in the news in a positive way while Swift climbs the ladder socially and this is a fresh way for her to play American’s princess. I’m sure the 2 enjoy each other but this feels too convenient. And, Swift rarely does anything without precalculation (Mayer was the exception, though her song about him was very calculated to spin what happened based on his reputation IMO).

    • grace says:

      That’s very cynical. His mother just died. In the top photo of them, he’s wearing a suit because he was in court earlier that day to be named executor of his mother’s estate. I doubt he’s in the headspace for a PR romance.

      • flutters says:

        I’ve learned that one can never be too cynical about Hollyweird. And make no mistake, Swifty has gone Hollyweird. The timeline of her relationships alone is awfully convenient and suspicious, and we haven’t even begun to discuss the staged photo ops with Lautner and Gyllenhaal.

        I did say I’m sure these two like each other and I don’t think her team or his family would be encouraging this if they didn’t. Especially considering what young Kennedy is going through. But I also suspect there’s a convenience and mutual benefit to all this that has lead her team and his family to encourage the relationship and its now public status.

        To wit: Taylor will be receiving some kind of humanitarian award from a Kennedy family foundation. Sure, she’s made a bunch of very public charitable donations and I’m not knocking that. But it sure seems convenient, and there are rumblings that it’s due to both parties seeing the benefits of associating with each other.

        The fact that this relationship is being rolled out shortly before Swift is about to release a new single generally follows the template for her previous album cycles too. But hey, long may this relationship last. Though I’m telling you right now, if Taylor starts dressing like Jackie O in photo shoots or in real life, I’m calling shenanigans.

  22. jess says:

    I think shes really asexual. Shes always dating guys who are rumored to be gay. I think they use her as a beard and she uses them for song material.

  23. anon says:

    my only point is if we have laws for ages of consent then they apply to both sexes male and female & that celebrity plays no part. either lower it to 16 or play by the rules for everyone. Too many young men these days dating much younger women underage so called are called to the carpet. Many young women of 16 with surgery & makeup look much older then 16 -18.. something needs to be done with age of consent.

  24. QQ says:

    This chick comes off as both creepy and clingy .. .Lainey said last week I think that she was already looking into buying property next door to him… which back to what some of you were saying: What grown ass chick her age that can afford to be ” looking into buying property” would date/consider/fuck around with an 18 dude


  25. in defense of tay tay says:

    I think she’s a class act.
    I remember being 17. All the 17 year old boys were mentally 27. it’s a four-year age difference. whatever.

  26. yolo says:

    Ugh, am I the only one that finds her UBER annoying!? This little romance makes a helluva lot more sense than John or Jake, that’s for sure. An 18 year old seems to be more on her maturity level.

  27. Sara says:

    It’s funny as many thought John Mayer and Swifty weren’t that bad in age difference and it wasn’t creepy but somehow this is? I will agree that @ 22 I would have never dated a teenager but maybe he is more mature than your average 18 year old.

  28. Patrice says:

    I have to say that I am shocked by the amount of commenters here who are all “age is nothing but a number” about a (then) 17 year old HIGH SCHOOL boy and a woman almost 5 yrs his senior. Really? it doesn’t/shouldn’t matter simply because she’s “Taylot Swift”? What does that even mean?? Just from a scientific standpoint the human brain isn’t even fully developed until you’re 21 years old, so a “mature 17 year old” (as at least one commenter has suggested) still does not=22.

    Like Conor, I lost my mother when I was just 18. I know I made some SERIOUSLY questionalble relationship decisions at that time and thank goodness my family cared enough to step in after a while (regardless of the fact that I was a “legal adult”). You’re so vulnerable after the loss of a parent.

    As for the inevitable comments about how “if the geneder roles were reversed…” It still wouldn’t be ok! Nevermind that men do alot of things that I, as a woman, am glad I do not do (I’ll skip details). Do we really want to make a grown woman possibly getting romantically invloved with a boy before he was of age into some sort of twisted women’s lib issue?? I know I certainly don’t. I always say: Just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you should…

    • Isa says:

      The brain doesn’t mature until 25. So by that scientific standpoint they’re both immature.

    • rumbleseat says:

      ITA. So many people are trying to normalize this for her by playing the hillbilly card and asserting that we all think it’s okay when adult men date girls whose highest level of completed education is the tenth grade. Since when do most people in the mainstream think that is okay? It’s a red flag for exploitation or at least manipulation in my book.

      “Woman” who is old enough to begin grad school next month + boy who will start eleventh grade next month = Creepy and WRONG.

  29. Relli says:

    when I was 20/21 I briefly dated a 16 year old one summer. It was a little odd, but he was very sweet and it was all pretty innocent really. We talked a bit while i was at school and i only ended it becuase he started talking about Prom and i was afraid he was going to ask me to go and that TOTALLY freaked me out because he went to my old high school.

  30. Patrice says:

    P.S. I’m also notcing alot of “It’s only a 4 year age difference, whatever” comments so let me ask you guys: if your 12 year old daughter or son came home and said that they wanted to be in a relationship with a 16 year old, you would be ok with it?! I mean, where does innapropriate begin/end? If she was a “mature” 12 y.o. it would be ok? Yikes! Lol.

    Under 18 is under 18. I don’t care about age of consent laws. There are many legitimate reasons why you cannot make legally binding decisions for yourself before 18…

  31. I.want.shoes says:

    If my 17 year old son dated a 22 year old girl, I would be not only totally creeped out by it but also strongly against it. If my 17 year old daughter dated a 22 year old guy, I would feel exactly the same.

    Swifty is just creepy.

  32. Isa says:

    So he was 17 for a few weeks and that’s not okay. But the day he turned 18 everything’s fine!
    I don’t think it’s creepy at all. They’re both still young. Their relationship is in the early stages.
    I guess I’m biased though. Because I started dating my husband when I was 16 and he was 22.

  33. Sophie says:

    The age of consent in MA is 16. But still, she needs to step off. I never thought I’d feel bad for a Kennedy because of their romantic choices.

  34. Joe says:

    They are both young and legal. Do whatever you like kids. How is this any of our business?

  35. natalina says:

    swifty got a boob job. why is she not labeled more of a slut? shes been with so many dudes

  36. rumbleseat says:

    I love how her people have some sort of arrangement with the press whereby all the photos you see of her fugface make her look beautiful and all her wrongdoing is swept under the carpet. If anyone else yelched about their exes, got a boob job, had this many partners, or sang-screeched “You spin my head right round when you go down” in front of an arena of children, you’d better believe they would face criticism for doing it, especially if they were a woman.

    Her and George Gay Clooney are totally Gods in the eyes of the media. Practically anyone else gets slammed for their behavior whether they deserve it or not.

  37. garvels says:

    Swifty is like one of those young teachers who stalk their students. This girl is just freaky plus her music is sooo over rated.

  38. Right. says:

    I can’t stand the double standards on here, especially not since its coming from other women.
    Don’t tell me you would feel the same way if the genders were reversed when the comment section when it comes to older man-younger GIRL is silent when it comes to the age gap.
    Brainwashed anyone? I am one of those people who actually believe it would be equally bad no matter what gender, but I am not a hypocrite like most of you on here.
    I call out the older man-young girl relationships but since it’s so normalized people don’t question it or give it much thought.
    The young(er) girl is described as “Mature for her age” because everyone know girls mature faster than boys [Insert eye roll] (false btw).
    It’s really disturbing and I actually expected more from the readers of this site.

  39. qtpi says:

    I am convinced she wanted Patrick. He is ALMOST 19, hotter, and comes from an even more famous line of the Kennedys. Because his is a Kennedy AND a Schwarzenegger. Not that the last part is a huge bonus considering what (or who?) his father has been up to.

    I think Maria has a lot of control and say and they take her opinion very seriously. I’m sure she said Uh…no. You’re starting college as a freshman. The last thing you need right now is to moon after some country star right now.

    So Swifty/Shifty moved on to the next best thing. This appears to be more of a fascination thing with the Kennedy family.

  40. steph says:

    When I was 17 my boyfriend was 20. It lasted a few years, no big deal. That is WAAAAYYYYY different than this, though! It is just wierd to me that she could be so smitten with him. He looks like a high school kid! He IS a high school kid, right?! Plus she is totally trying to have a Jackie moment with the clothes she’s been wearing. Gross and twisted!

  41. samira25 says:

    I don’t know why this is huge news. Dating somebody a couple of months before their 18th birthday is hardly disgusting or a reason to claim statutory rape. I’m pretty sure she started Taylor Taylor Lautner just before he turned 18 too. Anyway because Taylor’s mental age is 12 I don’t see age being an issue.

  42. Amelia says:

    She is indeed a woman having dated a couple of grown men.

  43. Erin says:

    I just turned 23, and I’m telling you – I do not see teenagers in any kind of sexual attraction way anymore. Because they are BOYS!! And hes still in high school? GROSS.

  44. H says:

    you’d still care if it was a twenty-two year old guy and an eighteen year old girl? please. no-one gave a damn about milo and hayden, and he was in his thirties.

  45. marydd1059 says:

    Oh come on now….Taylor sings songs that she is demure and innocent and then she preys on someone 4.5 yrs younger than her….and they call Kristen Stewart a trampire….! Where are the parents at I would throw a fit if it were my daughter even if she is over 21.