Pictured: Grieving Conor Kennedy seeks solace in Taylor Swift at his tragic mother's graveMary Kennedy, 52, committed suicide in May after battling depression
20:07 GMT, 22 August 2012
Country singer Taylor Swift offered comfort and solace to her grieving boyfriend Conor Kennedy during a visit to his mother's grave at the weekend.
The 22-year-old Grammy winner
accompanied the eldest son of RFK Jr., and his other
siblings, to the St. Francis Xavier
Cemetery in Massachusetts.
The Kennedy clan has been gripped by grief since Mary Richardson Kennedy, 52, tragically hanged herself this past spring.
Support: Taylor Swift joined her boyfriend Conor Kennedy and his siblings on a visit to his mother's grave at the St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Massachusetts over the weekend
Solemn moment: Conor sought comfort in his country singer love
But Taylor has provided joy amid the
heartache for Conor, 18, with the pair enjoying their fledgling romance at
the family's Cape Cod estate this summer.
The pair walked hand-in-hand to the Hyannis cemetery and stopped for hugs.
was wearing a grey T-shirt and shorts, with Swift looking summery in a
red floral print A-line dress, Ray Ban sunglasses, and leather shoes.
couple, who was seen caressing just a day before, appeared solemn at
his mother’s grave, and at one point appeared to bow their heads in
prayer, as did Kennedy’s siblings.
Paying their respects: Taylor is now a fixture among the Kennedy clan
Joy amid the heartache: The young lovers shared a light moment during the sombre visit
Tragedy: Conor's mother Mary Kennedy committed suicide in May after battling depression
to the New York Daily News, Kennedy also reached down to clear some brambles and
overgrown grass from his mother’s yet-unmarked grave.
Kennedy hanged herself on May 16 in a barn behind the couple’s
home in Bedford, New York, amid bitter divorce proceedings and a battle
with depression and addiction.
Swift, who is said to be worth as
much as $80million, reportedly purchased a $5million Cape Cod mansion
next to the Kennedy’s sprawling estate.
Part of the family: Taylor seemed at ease with Conor's clan, including his sisters Aiden (third from right) and Kyra (second from right)
Inseparable: The pair held hands as they left the graveyard
Before the sombre visit, the young couple attended mass together.
Their romance has not been without controversy however.
Victoria Gifford Kennedy today claim the Taylor crashed her daughter Kyle's wedding in Boston on Saturday.
The mother of the bride said Conor was invited to her daughter's nuptials to Liam Kerr, but failed to RSVP.
Resting place: Religious statues and American flags adorn the grave site of Mary Richardson Kennedy in Saint Francis Xavier Cemetery; at one point, Conor cleared away overgrown grass from her grave
'[Swift and Conor] texted me an hour
before the wedding and asked if they could come. I responded with a very
clear 'Please do not come.' They came anyway,' she told the Boston
She made it clear she did not want Swift detracting attention from her daughter on big day.
'I personally went up to Ms. Swift,
whose entrance distracted the entire event, politely introduced myself
to her and asked her as nicely as I could to leave,' she added. 'It was
like talking to a ghost. She seemed to look right past me.'
But Swift's spokesperson shot back at
the claims, saying: 'Taylor was invited to the wedding and the bride
thanked her profusely for being there.'
Paying respects: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., left, kneels with his children, including Conor, right, at her casket, after her funeral on May 19th; her body was later exhumed and moved across the cemetery
Tragic end: Mary Richardson Kennedy was found dead in the barn outside her Bedford, New York home in May, after a bitter divorce dispute and battling depression