Taylor Swift has been “swept off her feet” by 18-year-old Conor Kennedy

Are you surprised that Taylor Swift, 22, is dating an 18-year-old Kennedy boy? I am. I had never realized that Swifty was so “into” the Kennedy family. But she is. It’s now been established that Swifty is dating Robert Kennedy Jr.’s son Conor. Swifty and Conor have been spotted all around Hyannis Port and Cape Cod over the past few weeks, after initial media reports (a month ago) claimed that Swifty was actually into Patrick Schwarzenegger, the 18-year-old son of Arnold and Maria Shriver. Some disagree and some agree with me that it’s a very big deal when the girl is 22 years old (and a musical superstar) and the boy is 18 years old (and a Kennedy). That’s a big difference in ages, in experiences, in social spheres, in everything. But Swifty is trying to sell this idea that Conor “swept her off her feet”. FOR REAL.

Fresh into his relationship with Taylor Swift, has Conor Kennedy already joined the ranks of her famous ex-boyfriends – including John Mayer, Taylor Lautner and Joe Jonas – whose memories with the country crooner play out in her music?

Not so fast, according to one source, who says this love song is still being written, with Swift falling hard for the son of Robert Kennedy Jr. and the late Mary Kennedy.

“They have been dating for a bit,” says the source. “She is swept off her feet.”

Age is clearly not a factor – he’s 18 and she’s 22 – but what may be is the Grammy winner’s affection for his extended family. Even before they were spotted getting cozy, Swift made no secret of her fascination with the Kennedys.

She attended the Sundance Film Festival last January to take in his aunt Rory Kennedy’s HBO documentary, Ethel, about her mother (and Conor’s grandmother).

“She really just loves my mother, which is so sweet,” Rory Kennedy told ABC News some time ago. “I’m a huge fan of hers – I have young girls and we had been to a few of her concerts.”

“I met with her at one of them, and she had read a ton of books about our family,” Rory continued. “She was inspired and wrote a song.”

And Swift said in an interview in February’s Vogue: “The only time in my life I have ever been star-struck was meeting Caroline and Ethel Kennedy. I got to spend the afternoon with Ethel a couple of weeks ago,” she added. “She is one of my favorites because you look back at the pictures of her and Bobby, and they always look like they are having the most fun out of everybody. You know, eleven kids, all these exotic animals on their property.”

She went on to say, “I’ve read a lot about them.”

[From People]

I hope Swifty HAS read a lot about them. I hope she read the bad parts of those books as well as the interesting, awesome parts. Because with Kennedy greatness comes Kennedy awfulness. And Kennedy men aren’t really known for making the best boyfriends and husbands. Besides that, I just don’t see how an 18-year-old Kennedy boy (who just lost his mom, FTLOG) is suddenly the most romantic, perfect, sparkly boyfriend ever and HE is the one who is sweeping Swifty off her feet.

Meanwhile, Rory Kennedy (Conor’s aunt) and Ethel Kennedy (Conor’s grandmother and widow of RFK) have given Swifty their approval. Ethel said she didn’t set Swifty up with Conor: “As for my involvement, certainly not. Rory [Kennedy] went to a concert.” And Rory confirmed: “I went to a concert with my two daughters and that’s how it all started. She’s a great friend of all of ours. She’s awesome and we love her.” When asked if Swifty would be welcomed into the Kennedy clan, Ethel said, “We should be so lucky!”

Oh, an eyewitness told Us Weekly that last Friday, “Conor put his arm around Taylor and they kissed behind the boat shed.” How 50 Shades. If you’ve read the book, you know what goes down in the boatshed.

Photos courtesy of WENN, Twitter.

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  1. Rhea says:

    22 hooking up with 18??? Doesn’t seems like it’s going to last. Will she sing about their love drama in her next song? Actually, will THEY let her to sing about it?

  2. itstrue says:

    I remember being a 22 year old girl and 18 year old boys looking like babies to me. I guess each person is a different experience, but for me it’s weird and gross. Men are known for being less mature than women in general so going younger always makes me wonder what kind of mental deficiency the female has.

  3. Cam S says:

    DON’T DO IT TAYLOR!!! The Kennedy men don’t know how to treat their women. Plus with the Kennedy curse, she gonna wind up hurt somehow. Poor thing will probably write another song about it.
    Homegirl has come a long way from this

  4. jamminatorr says:

    I’m really wary about the whole fact that he lost his mom really, really recently and to a suicide. My current BF lost his mom a handful of years ago to cancer and he has, obviously, emotional scars. He freely admits that the years right after her death he had a string of bad women/dates just to fill that emotional hole.

    I just don’t see Connor being in an emotional state to have a proper, non-codependent relationship.

  5. Blake says:

    The term ‘Stage 5 clinger’ was MADE for Swifty. Homegirl has no idea how NOT to be a clinger.

  6. lucy2 says:

    This probably won’t end well. Seems she’s caught up in the glitz of his family, and when you’re that age, there’s a big difference between 22 and 18.

  7. brin says:

    Yes Taylor, nothing is more romantic than having your father have your mother’s grave dug up and moved farther away. Good luck.

  8. Birdie says:

    To me it fits. She doesn’t seem that mature and when she was with Mayer and Gyllenhaal all I could think about: She seems way too young for them. Hope the Kennedy curse doesn’t hit her.

    • Lithe says:

      ITA. Developmentally speaking, Taylor seems much closer to 18 than 22.

      But given the Kennedy history, I wouldn’t be surprised if this relationship, when it’s over, provides her with enough material for entire album rather than just one song.

  9. Ri says:

    The poor boy just lost his mom, he needs some happiness in his life.

  10. Skins says:

    A cougar at 22? Is the kid out of high school yet? She should be ashamed of herself. Then again, so should he

  11. Esmom says:

    I saw this on People and immediately thought of yesterday’s post on the topic.

    She’s a Kennedy stalker. Why is he not creeped out? I know I am.

    • dlc says:

      I absolutely thought this was gross and creepy and stalker-ish as well. Selena and Biebs are a bit gross (same age difference – guys that age are NOT generally attractive) but when you add that she’s a fan of his family, it gets very weird.

  12. aquarius64 says:

    There is a big part of the Kennedy legacy that is not being addressed. The Kennedys are a brood that is bound by tradition, and one of the traditions is Kennedy men MESS with starlets and singers, they don’t MARRY them. That tradition goes all the way back to Joe Kennedy, when he openly had Gloria Swanson (silent film star) as a mistress. JFK & RFK (your bf’s grandpa) supposed to have shared Marilyn Monroe. (Well JFK definitely had her.) John-John dated Modonna, Daryl Hannah, Brooke Shields, Sarah Jessica Parker, Naomi Campbell, Sharon Stone, Janice Dickinson (“original supermodel”) (John John’s kill list comes from whodatedwho.com.) RFK Jr. was dating Cheryl Hines of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” while he was estranged from the wife who later committed suicide. She should’t delude herself into thinking she will become a member of America’s “royal” family. As far as the Kennedys are concerned, she is just a rite of passage for Kennedy men until the right girl with the proper old-monied bloodlines comes along. Women in the entertainment business are that, for “entertainment”. They’re probably congratulating Conor for bagging a high profile female at so young an age. Watch your back Swifty. If he does dump her Heaven help her if she tries to do a slam song on him.

    • Esmom says:

      “As far as the Kennedys are concerned, she is just a rite of passage for Kennedy men until the right girl with the proper old-monied bloodlines comes along.”

      Carolyn Bessette didn’t fit that profile. She came from a modest background and my understanding is that she worked hard to mold her image into something that would be acceptable to John-John.

      Also, what about Maria Shriver marrying one of Hollywood’s heavy hitters? Or does the legacy only apply to men?

      Not trying to be snarky here, I’m just curious.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Carolyn Bessette’s mother married well on her 2nd marriage (Carolyn’s stepfather). Carolyn and her sisters then went to “all the right schools, etc.”, belonged to all the right country clubs and such. After college, she went to work for Calvin Klein as a buyer or personal shopper for the super rich which got her in with “all the right people”. Calvin Klein viewed her as his “muse” or style inspiration. Not such a modest background really.

        And Maria Shriver was a Kennedy by blood and a female too. Not so important for her to marry proper.

      • mike says:


        Carolyn sounds more like a help/parvenu than someone of right breeding.

        As much as I think she’s obnoxious, Taylor Swift has better pedigree than she.

      • aquarius64 says:

        I was speaking of the tradition of the Kennedy MEN. The Kennedy women, however, have no problem marrying from Hollywood. Maria Shriver, of course, with Arnold Schwazenegger, and Patricia Kennedy (JFK’s sister), who married Peter Lawford, an actor in the 50′s and a member of the Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop and Dean Martin).

    • ladybert62 says:

      Interesting analysis and seems appropriate.

      • rumbleseat says:

        Aquarius is right. And let’s not forget that JFK Jr. was very much into being a “normal” guy, choosing to start a magazine and not live the Park Avenue lifestyle favored by his sister and the rest of the family. He also wanted to be an actor but was shot down by his Mom who told him that it was not becoming of his station in life and that he had no choice but to go to law school.

        I think he picked a wife who was compatible with his desire to distance himself from his family’s oppressive lifestyle and lead a more freewheeling and glamorous modern existence. I recall her buying all these nice suits and monogrammed stationery b/c she thought she would be doing all these events like a royal, and then she found that no such thing was expected by him.

        He is the Kennedy exception, not the rule. Just my two cents.

      • Esmom says:

        Ooh rumbleseat, good info. I hadn’t heard that Jackie forced John to go to law school. No wonder it took him so many tries to pass the bar.

        I found them fascinating as a couple for some reason. I also thought he was an atypical Kennedy, distancing himself in more ways than one, including being embarrassed by the antics of some of his cousins. Yet he wasn’t immune to the curse.

  13. flutters says:

    How much longer can she/her PR team keep working this teenage princess routine (now with Camelot connection)?

  14. Garvels says:

    I would love to see Conor distance himself from this awful family and give up the Kennedy name and legally change his last name to his mother’s maiden name. Kennedys are pigs and no amount of money will ever change that. I also predict Taylor’s tick will plummet. The girl really bugs me.

  15. Ainsley says:

    For a girl who dresses like a doily, Taylor sure gets around. So she set out to snag a Kennedy? I guess I wouldn’t want one.

    Did you guys see that Taylor’s ex John Mayer and Katy Perry went out? Yuck. It’s like one big Hollywood STD circle.

  16. qtpi says:

    I think this confirms her maturity is stuck on age 17. I was always attracted to older guys – boys my own age in school and college always felt more like brothers I guess. That age difference is HUGE during that time period.

    Also – the last thing I would want to do is date a new guy whose Mom just hung herself. WTF is written all over this situation.

  17. Blue says:

    Where are all the “if this was reversed, no one would bat an eye” people? Anyways at 22 I dated 2 guys who were both 29 and that was enough of a pain in the ass (both are/ were still immature douches) Can’t imagine dating a guy a decade younger than them.

  18. Tanya says:

    a 4 year age difference between 18 and 22 is a whole lot different than an age difference between 28 and 32. At 18, he’s a mere baby…the brains don’t even stop growing until age 25…but, she’ll figure this out in a few months.

  19. Little Darling says:

    Ummm, from everything that I read about this girl, she is almost literally NEVER EVER walking solidly on the ground. She’s always on some cloud with a guy, getting swept off of her feet, carried away by loves delicious scent…oh except for the swan pictures…so lonesome was she!

    The fact that she is 22 means nothing. Except it means everything because she is neither as sweet or innocent as she portends to be. Well, maybe she is sweet, and kind of innocent, but this one has a Swift guy game, and I do believe that acting innocent and helpless is part of that.

    Whatever. She’s not looking to land down on earth any time soon.

  20. Leticia says:

    I like her less and less.

  21. Chatcat says:

    OMG, I wasn’t going to post, but I just can’t stop laughing … a cougar at 22? Somebody is actually going to refer to themselves as that at 22 years old! Aged-out babysitter maybe but cougar? OMG OMG too funny.

  22. Shoes says:

    When I was a college senior, there was NO WAY I’d even consider dating a high school
    senior. I agree with the people who are saying that the difference between 18 and 22 is a lot dofferent than 22 and 26. And as an internationally successful entertainer, T.Swizzle has packed a lot of life experience into her 22 years.

  23. hoya_chick says:

    Yea, this won’t end well. She’s admittedly obsessed with the Kennedys so what better way to be close to them than to bang one of them. It’s like when Nic Cage married Lisa Marie cause he was obsessed with Elvis. So creepy. And how come she goes through so many men but never gets labelled a slut? Is it the hair? The face? Because homegirl gets around lol. He’s so young and just lost his mom in a really horrible way and she is using him to fulfill her Kennedy fetish. I give it 3 months. That’s how long most of her relationships last right? Lol. And how does an 18 year old sweep a international super star who made like $50 million last year off her feet? Yea right.

  24. Talie says:

    This “love” story is the opposite of cute to me. It makes her come off a little overbearing and stalkerish. Too Jennifer Love Hewitt, which has to be the ultimate insult.

    Although, I have to say, it totally makes sense that she would date an 18-year-old. Going by her romantic history and how she’s been played by older guys.

  25. Happymom says:

    This is all kinds of wrong. I don’t care if she appears immature-she’s almost 23 and he is still in high school! Ick. And I absolutely concur that the fact that he’s just lost his mom-who was not emotionally stable to begin with, and his father is a pig-this is not someone she should be dating. I find her Kennedy obsession stalkerish. Isn’t there some cousin who is in his early 20s that she could date if she must get involved with this awful family?

  26. Anna says:

    What happens in the boat shed???

    • hoya_chick says:

      Lol. I know right? We shouldn’t be punished for having enough sense to not read that ridicolous book, but now I want to know! Someone please tell us….

    • Elizabeth says:

      I will probably read that book for the same reason that I saw two Twilight movies – not because I have an interest i it but becuase I want to understand what people are talking about when they discuss it. It’s becoming part of pop culture now.

      It’s a burden to have to remain “current”. Mostly I just read this web site!

      • Serene says:

        Aaaaah! Please don’t read it! It’s terrible and not worth the so-called pressure to be uptodate with current popular books. Why did it become a bestseller??? It’s simply terrible (so was Twilight for that matter). I don’t get it…

  27. johnnybadboytapia says:

    I never read 50 shades but i can imagine what goes on behind the boat shed and trust me my version will be way hotter than that 50 garbage ( yes im calling it that w/o reading the book)
    P.s the age difference is a big deal i think it they were a normal couple. this dude has prolly done more that most normal 21 year old guys.

  28. HappyMom says:

    Also-in every photo I see of this girl, she’s carrying a purse (even sailing):weirdness. Does she have life threatening allergies and need to carry an epi pen or something?

  29. Rita says:

    The Kennedys have always treated women like they’re personal pleasure craft or bobbles that adorn the family tree.

    When a woman enters the Kennedy Camelot, they soon realize that they are there to clean up after the horses.

  30. skinanny says:

    country hick meets a Kennedy….DUH!!!
    If he didn’t have Kennedy as a last name, she would be DFR!

  31. Metry says:

    Oh God, when they break up an entire Kennedy album will be thrust upon the world.

  32. erika says:

    ohhh swifty….

    she needs to get caught up in a sextape scandal where she’s tied up w/ chains in a dominatrix leather suit…?

    the purity country gig will soon run dry up,she needs to get LAID..

    i think we’re all tired of the squint eyes/cryin’ eyes over ‘boy who dun her wrong’ thing…it’s TIRING. or be true to your values but STOP crying about it in EVRTY single song!

  33. kellyinseattle says:

    I think she just wants to be more famous by hanging out w/ a “Kennedy”.

  34. Rose says:

    You guys seem to be forgetting that an 18 year old Kennedy probably matures faster than your 18 year old brother or neighbor. If it was a 22 year old guy and 18 year old girl, nobody would think anything of it.

  35. TG says:

    This chick is so annoying. She is such a user. She is only with him because he is a Kennedy. She dates all these guys for show. I believe 100% she and that freak Taylor Lautner were 100% fake. Can’t stand this fake girl. I think she and KStew are in competition for who can act the most innocent when really being the most cold and calculating.

  36. barb says:

    Taylor Lautner is gay,and so is Jake Gyllenhall, and since she dated both of these two guys, then they were for sure set up fake relationships. John Mayer seemed real, since she was so pissed! This is likely another faux relationship.

  37. Becky says:

    I am a huge Taylor fan. I don’t think this is the best relationship. But I don’t feel 1 and 22 is that bad an age gap. My sister is 30 and her husband is 25, they have been together for 7 years. She was 23, he was 18. That never stopped them. I don’t agree that it is weird or creepy. And I definately do not think she is trying to get more famous. She does also not play an innocent act. Her fans aren’t all little kids. At her concerts, the ages range from preteen to 40/50 year old women, relating to her songs. And I don’t think she’s immature. She has been described as a 40 year old in a 20 year olds body. She may like to mess about, let’s face it, we all do. But she is level headed and smart and makes good business decisions. I don’t think he’s ‘the one’ for her, and I agree this isn’t a good relationship for her to be in, what with the supposed curse and his mother’s recent suicide. But I don’t think she’s stalkerish. She is interested in history and politics. Which is more than can be said for most young people, especially famous female singers (who are blonde and stereotyped as ditzy and stupid).

  38. Jennifer12 says:

    I’ll bite. What happened in the boat shed?

  39. Luffy says:

    Anyone else get the feeling that she’s obsessed with the Kennedy’s because they are often considered America’s royalty and being married to one would make her a princess? Seems like a very swifty form of logic. That and she still has the maturity level of a 15 year old makes me think she’s living out some kind of life long fantasy.

  40. Bellabumbum says:

    Think she has her Homecoming dress picked out yet? I hope someone in PR talks some sense into her…this is highly inappropriate if this boy indeeds is just a senior in HS.

    I know this creepy woman-child has a hope chest filled with stuff that would freak us the eff out! I bet she smells like moth balls and ben gay.

    This poor young man does not need publicity when he has been through so much in the last few months–whether anyone around him is sensitive enough to realize that right now or not. It’s not smart or good for him to be involved with her in this high profile relationship. Ugh.

    • Tiny Dancer says:

      He was a freshman in 2011 so he’s going to be a junior. He has pretty severe allergies and was very sick as a child so he might have started school late. That aside he’s been through a lot lately and I can’t imagine the best thing for him is to have to deal the scrutiny a high profile romance brings. The Kennedys are certainly taking advantage of the attention, and probably thrilled to have it distract from all the negative press, but I’m not sure this is this young man’s best interest at the moment.

  41. dawkinsfanclub says:

    One name kids.. Mary Kay Letourneau
    Not a good look Swifty

  42. Cpm says:

    My advice to Taylor is don’t go with this guy in small airplanes, Jeeps, skiing, or riding in the back of an open limousine. Kennedys have bad experiences with these.

  43. Aubra says:

    She looks like Gretchen from the Real Housewives of Orange County…

  44. Jill says:

    What song is she going to write about him.