OFFSTAGE: The World Has Taken a Liking to Taylor Swift

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When the Cape Cod Times‘ CapeCast asked the super preppy and forever youthful Ethel Kennedy if her grandson Conor had taken a liking to Taylor Swift, she answered with a question of her own. “How could you not? I think the world has,” she said in that no-nonsense way she says everything. It was at last weekend’s RFK Golf Tournament at the Hyannis Port Golf Club, where the Kennedy matriarch went on and on about why Swift was such a catch. “She is just spectacular. She’s just sensational inside and out. She’s very kind. You know what she really is? She’s game. She had never sailed before. She sailed,” she said of Swift. “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. I’m thrilled.” I haven’t seen any official word on Swift’s real estate transactions in Massachusetts, but Kennedy seems to be pretty connected out there on the east coast. So if she says they’re going to be neighbors, then I guess she figures they’re probably going to be neighbors.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.