RFK Jr. Sent His 16-Year-Old to Live With His Girlfriend After Her Mom’s Suicide

Cheryl Hines Kyra Kennedy

Mary Kennedy must be rolling in her grave! The wife of Robert Kennedy, Jr., who committed suicide in May during the midst of a long drawn-out divorce with Robert, was reportedly despondent over the state of her relationship and the fact that Robert had recently begun dating actress Cheryl Hines. But that apparently didn’t stop Robert from sending his 16-year-old daughter, Kyra, to live with his girlfriend in Los Angeles after her mother’s suicide. A source told Radar Online: “It is absolutely typical of Robert to do something like this … It wouldn’t even have crossed his mind that it might be difficult for Kyra to deal with, living with her father’s girlfriend while she is trying to grieve over her mother’s suicide.” Indeed, on the face of it, it looks like Robert lacks a sensitivity chip. But let’s take a closer look.


Word has it that Robert sent Kyra to live with Cheryl because she was taking her mother’s suicide extremely hard. Mary is also the mother of Conor Kennedy, who was been dating Taylor Swift until recently. It seems counter-intuitive to send your daughter to live with your girlfriend when the girlfriend may have been part of the reason your mother was so despondent that she took her own life. But sources also say that Robert wanted to get Kyra had been acting up and he wanted to send her away from “friends and bad influences.” Sources also say that Cheryl is very “upbeat and positive” so being around her was good for Kyra, who stopped acting out.

Mary’s friends say he was just trying to “wash his hands” of dealing with any difficulties, but sometimes sending a teen away from their environment can snap them out of a free fall. And my guess is that, whatever feelings Kyra may have had about Cheryl, she probably wasn’t averse to living in L.A. with a celebrity. Plus, it’s hard to make a teen do something she doesn’t want to do. Anyone who deals with teens knows that! If she really didn’t want to be with Cheryl, she probably would have run away.

It is possible that Kyra had loyalty to her mother while still liking Cheryl. So let’s not dump all over Robert – he may have been a lousy husband, but perhaps – let’s hope — he’s a good dad.

Do you think RFK Jr. was being insensitive shipping his daughter away so quickly after her mother’s death?

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