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Now that Rihanna finally confirmed she is dating Matt Kemp, she's no longer being coy about it. Rather, she's being a supportive girlfriend in public.

In their case, being a supportive significant other means attending concerts (her) or Los Angeles Dodgers baseball games (him). Pretty cool couple!

Earlier this week, Ri-Ri was front and center to cheer on her man at the hometown team's home opener and watch Matt Kemp collect some awards.

Matt received both Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for his offensive and defensive prowess last season. As for his prowess in the ... forget it.

Rihanna cheered Matt Kemp and the Dodgers to a 9-5 win!

The couple was first linked together over the offseason during a romantic trip to Mexico. While they denied they were really dating, it was fairly clear.

Now it's official, out of the bag and pretty darn cute.

A proud and enthusiastic Dodger backer, Rihanna looked on, clad in a hoodie and shades. Not exactly incognito ... but by her standards, very much so.

Lest you think the singer might be a distraction?

Matt Kemp is hitting a robust .351 so far this season with three home runs, 11 RBIs, 11 runs scored and two stolen bases. Eat it, Jessica Simpson!

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They were all but officially together, from everything we read and shared with you, but Rihanna still played coy about her relationship with baseball star Matt Kemp.

Until now.

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"He's my boyfriend," Rihanna said of the L.A. Dodgers outfielder in a confession to Ryan Seacrest this morning, just hours after her performance on American Idol.

"It's new and it's fun," she added. "It's nothing too serious. I don't want anything that's going to take up so much of my energy and time right now in a bad way."

She'll be alright. At least this guy slugs home runs out of Dodger Stadium, rather than women. Try not to get too pi$$ed and start breaking stuff, Chris Brown.

"I just want to have fun, and that's what it's about," she said.

Matt Kemp and Rihanna: Officially boyfriend and girlfriend!

They were first seen lip-lockin' in Cabo in early January, although a few days later his agent was in denial mode. He then went MIA from the Grammy Awards.

But the pair became less secretive around the time of Rihanna's birthday in mid-February and when the MLB All-Star introduced her to his parents.

For her to drop the "boyfriend" bomb, things must be going great. Matt Kemp is also 3-10 with 3 RBIs through two games this year, so no side-effects there yet.

They make a pretty hot couple, don't you think?

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Matt Kemp is projected as the sixth-best player in fantasy baseball headed into the 2010 MLB season. If hitting home runs with celebrities was a statistic, though?

He'd still be behind Alex Rodriguez. But that #2 spot would be within reach after the awesome 22nd birthday party he threw for Rihanna in Phoenix this weekend!

Rihanna was "shocked" by the baseball star's grand gestures, apparently expecting a small get-together with a few friends, but getting a whole lot more than that.

Kemp had been planning the event for a month to make sure Rihanna's birthday was special, according to an insider, and boy did he come through in the clutch.

Flowers, cupcakes, tiki torches in the pool, engraved bottles of Ace of Spades and Johnny Walker Blue, and a personal Jamaican chef? A kick-ass time was had.

Sounds like Matt Kemp's birthday bash for Rihanna was a smash hit.

Around 40 people showed up, including friends of both the singer and Matt Kemp, who topped off the night with a cake decorated with Rihanna's many tattoos.

"It was so sweet and she was really surprised," the source said. "She looked just beautiful." Especially in the custom diamond necklace her beau bought for her!

This guy's really going the extra mile. While she has been coy about dating Matt Kemp so far, they're leaving little doubt about a major love connection going on.

Only 25 years old and in his prime, Matt Kemp would be a keeper in any fantasy league. Looks like Rihanna might rate him that way in the game of love, as well.

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Rihanna and rumored new love Matt Kemp have certainly not acted like they're "just friends, "but she says she's single and will be at the Grammys solo tonight.

So what the heck is going on with this hot, alleged couple here?

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A source close to Rihanna and Matt Kemp say the baseball star isn't exactly thrilled about the amount of media attention he has gotten since they began dating.

Dating a global music star, did he expect to be under the radar?

Matt is upset given "the negative publicity he's received over the last couple weeks." Does that imply he's the one sitting out the Grammy Awards by choice?

Rihanna and Matt Kemp sure act like a couple.

It's all good, though, the source says. Rihanna is cool with flying stag, but at the same time, "they are very much together and unfazed by recent events."

The negative attention and "recent events" would be rumors of Kemp's past with an ex-girlfriend and media outlets even comparing him to Chris Brown.

Kemp probably would have been happy to accompany Rihanna to the Grammy Awards if "this other nonsense" had not happened, an insider dished.

But, because things did, "He wouldn't want to take anything away from her having a perfect evening." Sounds like a pretty gentlemanly move to us.

Even better? Rihanna and Matt Kemp are set rendezvous next weekend in Miami for the Super Bowl. So all is well in hot, denied relationship land.

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Rihanna and Matt Kemp have certainly been having a good time of late.

Just don't expect him to be there at Sunday's Grammys: "I'm going alone, as always!" she told Us. "Even when I was in a relationship, I always have gone alone."

She then added, "I'm still single, if that's what you really want to ask!"

Single? What about the trip to Dubai? Or all that frolicking Rihanna and Matt Kemp did in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico? Or the pic of them at the NBA game below?

"It was a blast!" she said, coyly, about all of the above.

If Rihanna and Matt Kemp aren't dating ... what are they?

As for the Grammys Sunday night, she said she is "excited" about being nominated for Best Rap/Song Collaboration with Jay-Z and Kanye West for "Run This Town."

"This was actually the first  music we did since the last Grammys," she said. "It's exciting that it's nominated. We cannot wait. We hope we bring home the bacon."

Even if she doesn't, she'll enjoy this year's show more than last. Rihanna's appearance at the 2009 Grammy Awards was cancelled after Chris Brown ... you know.

Kemp yesterday denied rumors involving his own abusive past.

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Love is in the air for Rihanna. But should she beware?

Questions are surfacing about the singer's new beau, L.A. Dodgers baseball star Matt Kemp, and allegedly abusive behavior by him toward women in the past.

Blah blah blah blah Chris Brown blah blah blah blah.

In June 2008, Kemp's ex-girlfriend, Felisha Terrell, filed a temporary restraining order against him, alleging she endured "constant verbal abuse and threats."

"He has other people calling me, stalking me and I feel afraid for my safety," she said, though the case never went beyond this both sides agreed to move on.

A rep for Terrell quickly released a statement yesterday when this story first broke, saying, "To be very clear, Matt was never physically abusive to Felisha."

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Should Rihanna watch out for new love Matt Kemp?

Terrell's attorney at the time, David Diamond, says the allegations were truthful: "It was the harassment, it was the stalking and it was the intimidation."

Kemp's camp denies all of it. His agent, Dave Stewart, says Terrell's case never moved forward "the statements made within [her complaint] were false."

"This happened a year ago and it's really a non-issue," he says. "He was saddened by the whole thing, especially considering [Rihanna's] been through."

Kemp's lawyer, Richard A. Stilz, further backs up the player, saying "He denied [the claims] emphatically, even verbal abuse. He's not that kind of person."

The singer's rep had no comment. Matt Kemp and Rihanna were first spotted as a couple over the New Year's holiday, vacationing in Dubai and Cabo.

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He says they're just friends. But do friends go clubbing?!

Okay, they might. But that's not the vibe we get here.

Rihanna and Matt Kemp enjoyed a night out at L.A. nightspot Voyeur over the weekend, according to reports. Matt was doting, making sure she had a drink in hand.

According to a fellow clubgoer, the two weren't afraid show affection, resting their hands on each other – and maybe best of all, they kept making each other laugh.

Pretty good sign in a relationship, right? We're going to go out on a limb and say Matt Kemp and Rihanna are dating, despite the vague denials issued by their reps.

What's not going out on a limb? Saying they're a hot couple!

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Non-couple Rihanna and Matt Kemp seem to be going strong!

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L.A. Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp has issued a statement saying he's not dating Rihanna ... but they are good friends. Ones who go on vacation to Cabo together.

The rumored pair were photographed recently kissing and flirting, but according to Kemp, apparently that’s just an extension of a deep "friendship" with the star.

His rep said: “I think dating might be a stretch at this point."

"Yes, they are in Cabo San Lucas, but past that they are just good friends, and I don’t think we can label it as anything other than friendship right now.”

He added: “Who knows what will develop past the friendship.”

Rihanna and Matt Kemp have been canoodling in recent weeks.

While we initially dismissed rumors linking them together as mere tabloid gossip, Matt Kemp and Rihanna really were spotted smooching in Mexico earlier this month.

We imagine his rep's vague denial is just a means of trying to deflect speculation and keeping the baseball player's options open as they see how things play out.

If things go well, though, he might want to update his Match.com ad.

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As you may have heard, Rihanna and Matt Kemp are heating up Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. What attracted the singer to the Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder?

Probably his Match.com profile.

Funny or Die style, that is. The comedy site has struck gold before with Match.com parodies (namely Kate and Jon Gosselin), and this is no exception.

"I'm looking for a chick with a dude's haircut that likes sharing umbrellas," the faux Kemp says, adding that he digs girls in "clothes that show their nips."

He says emotional baggage is "all good," and before signing off, takes a shot at Chris Brown, noting "Oh, I don't hit chicks. I don't know if that matters."

Check out Matt Kemp's profile ...

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It looks like the editors of THG were a bit too quick to dispute the authenticity of a rumor surfacing yesterday that linked Rihanna and Matt Kemp romantically.

For one, the source reporting it was OK! freaking Magazine. Second, they were supposedly off in Dubai together, and the timeline simply didn't add up to us.

Well, it turns out the UK's Mirror actually spotted RiRi and Matty up close and personal while vacationing in Mexico together last weekend. There are photos!

It looks like Rihanna and Matt Kemp may be a real item. We stand corrected!

A Gold Glove winner who swiped 69 bags over the past two seasons, the 25-year-old baseball star is known for his soft hands and his skills on the bases.

IF YOU KNOW WHAT WE MEAN!

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They've only been together for a short while, but Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp was already rounding first with Rihanna in Mexico this weekend.

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