We’ve always had a difficult time pinpointing exactly what it is we love about Taylor Swift. Is it her voice? Her willingness to pour her heart out in her songs? Her ability to do perfect cat-eye makeup? Leave it to Kennedy matriarch Ethel Kennedy to sum it up in a way none of us could: “She’s just sensational inside and out,” Kennedy said of grandson Conor‘s girlfriend, speaking to CapeCast at the Kennedy Golf Tournament. “She’s very kind, and you know what she really is? She’s game. She had never sailed before; she sailed. … She played anything that everyone else was doing, and she was good at it and no fuss. And I’m happy that we’ll be neighbors.” (Man, when I first met my husband’s grandmother, all she could do was scold me for getting a tattoo!)
This great quote also reminded us of something we’d forgotten while all the focus was on Taylor and Conor: The singer actually met his grandma and aunt Rory Kennedy first. Filmmaker Rory and her mother spoke to Celebs.com about their connection to Taylor back in January, when they were photographed together at the Sundance premiere of Rory’s doc Ethel. “[Taylor] really took the initiative to reach out to meet my mother because she’d read about her and was a fan and admired her. … There’s a mutual admiration society between my mother and Taylor Swift.”
“She is amazing,” Ethel said. “She is such good company.”
And shortly after their meeting, Swift spoke to Vogue about it. “The only time in my life I have ever been starstruck was meeting Caroline and Ethel Kennedy,” she said. “I got to spend the afternoon with Ethel a couple of weeks ago. 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.”
So here’s our question: Was Ethel the one who set Taylor up with Conor in the first place?
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