Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy

Pop star Taylor Swift, famous for her songs about love and heartbreak, is on the cover of Rolling Stone’s annual ‘Hot Issue’ for October. In the magazine, Swift defends her romance with 18 year-old Conor Kennedy.

Swift, dubbed the ‘Heartbreak Kid’ by the magazine, tells Rolling Stone that the young Kennedy is “a grown man.”

Not so, when compared to other famous older men the singer has dated, including John Mayer and Jake Gyllenhaal, who were both in their 30s when they dated Swift. Kennedy is only 18, and a senior at Deerfield Academy boarding school, while Swift is now 22.

Swift defended herself to Entertainment Tonight after reports of her flying Kennedy to see her in Nashville in late summer were slammed as “desperate,” as well as a “kidnapping.”

A source told The New York Post about the August meet up: “Taylor missed Conor so much, she sent a plane for him a few days later. He’s been with her ever since, and his family doesn’t know when he will be back. Things have become so serious between them so fast that no one in Hyannis Port would be surprised if they eloped.”

Swift later responded to Entertainment Tonight: “You can't kidnap a grown man! These are serious accusations, now! It's an interesting way to spin something into a story. See, this is why I don't read stuff.”

In Rolling Stone, Swift chats about her views on love: “The way I look at love is you have to follow it, and fall hard, if you fall hard. You have to forget about what everyone else thinks. It has to be an us-against-the-world mentality. You have to make it work by prioritizing it, and by falling in love really fast, without thinking too hard.

“If I think too hard about a relationship I'll talk myself out of it. ...I have rules for a lot of areas of my life. Love is not going to be one of them," said Swift.

"I love the ending of a movie where two people end up together. Preferably if there's rain and an airport or running or a confession of love," she added. "It's a whole Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland structure here. It's what the inside of my brain looks like, essentially."