For years, Taylor Swift has harbored a not-so-secret infatuation with her new boyfriend Conor Kennedy's iconic family. "She's obsessed with the family," a pal tells Us Weekly. One insider adds that Conor's cousin Ted Kennedy Jr. even calls the country crooner a "Kennedy groupie!"
The 22-year-old "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" singer first grew enamored while watching the 2011 miniseries The Kennedys, then began collecting memorabilia for her Nashville and Beverly Hills pads and boning up on the clan's history.
"I just read a 900-page book called The Kennedy Women," she raved to Rolling Stone last summer. Months later, Rory Kennedy reached out to Swift for concert tickets, and Swift turned up at January's Sundance Film Festival to catch a screening of Ethel, Rory's HBO documentary about her mom (and Conor's grandmother).
Her persistence paid off.
Rory invited Swift to visit the family's compound for 4th of July weekend, where she met Conor, 18. "She's a great friend of all of ours," says Rory. "She's awesome, and we love her."
Sources close to Swift tell Us that she's already fallen hard for Conor, despite their extremely brief courtship. "She's head over heels," one insider told Us recently of the country cutie. "[Conor's] a smart, sensitive guy."
"She says it's a fantasy come true," the source adds. "[Taylor] is very smitten."