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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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We spend so much time writing about myriad celebrity scandals at THG that a chance to write about the complete opposite is truly refreshing. Case in point:

Rihanna was so moved by an emotional letter sent by 26-year-old Seun Adebiyi, an Olympic hopeful battling leukemia, that she's trying to help find a donor.

The Nigerian athlete who had hoped to compete in the Olympic Winter Games in skeleton sledding, until he was diagnosed with leukemia during training.

He needs a bone marrow donor.

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Rihanna uses her celebrity for good. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

Rihanna said in a statement: "Leukemia interrupted Seun's dream of being the first Nigerian in the Winter Olympics, but we can help him make his dream come true."

"We need to find him a bone marrow donor! Please sign up with DKMS!"

The star is working with Grey's Anatomy star Justin Chambers in asking bone marrow donors to come forward to save the Yale Law School graduate's life.

Seun said: "I am deeply touched by their plea for donors, not just for me, but for others as well ... Their voices are so powerful and it encourages me how they used their influence to raise awareness about this issue. It was incredible."

Rihanna made successful public pleas last year and in 2008 to help six-year-old Jasmina Anema and 43-year-old Lisa Flynn find bone marrow transplants.

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Rihanna is not pleased with celebrity gossip sites insinuating that a nasty disease was the reason ex-boyfriend Chris Brown smashed her face to a pulp last year.

In an interview with GQ, she addressed rumors that Brown lashed out at her after spotting a cold sore on her lip - a common sign of the STD known as herpes.

Now dating Matt Kemp, Rihanna wants the record set straight, noting that the alleged cold sore is actually just a facial scar she has had for most of her life.

"It's not true," she said of the herpes rumor, and her tone was far from light-hearted. "It's just a f**king scar. On my lip. That's there every day of my life."

Well that settles that. Not that you can even see it ...

No Herpes Here

Rihanna has set the record straight. She does not, nor did she ever have herpes. She does, however, have kind of a dude's haircut. [Photo: PacificCoastNewsOnline.com]

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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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Rihanna was hit by her boyfriend in 2009. Matt Kemp hit 26 home runs for the Los Angeles Dodgers. According to recent rumors, they're hitting it off together!

A new report says RiRi rang in the New Year in Dubai with her new beau, who is more than ready and willing to help her shed her troubled relationship past.

Hollywood Life cites a source who says Matt Kemp followed Rihanna to Abu Dhabi for a gig in the United Arab Emirates. There, they were seen getting cozy.

Rihanna and Matt are starting to get serious – he even followed her to Dubai for New Year's,” an insider said. “Rihanna likes him because he’s a gentleman."

"And very sexy too!"

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Is Matt Kemp circling the bases with Rihanna?

A sexy gentleman he may be, but we can tell you for a fact they were not in Dubai on New Year's Eve. This is because we know exactly where Rihanna was:

Times Square. On live television, performing with Jay-Z.

Not very good intel from this "source," if Rihanna was seen in the most visible spot on the planet. Unless we're supposed to believe they are in Dubai now.

We're gonna go with a resounding no on whether we buy this. But hey, it makes for fun Rihanna gossip when she's linked to a random pro athlete every so often.

Right, Rashard Lewis?

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We're not sure how we feel about Rihanna's new video.

On one hand, "Hard" is edgy and catchy, much like most Rihanna songs (and part of the reason she can beat Chris Brown when it comes to album sales).

Conversely, there's something about it that feels a little like an SNL parody of Rihanna at certain times, between the voice and some of the costumes.

You could say it's sort of "Hard" to put your finger on.

Check out Rihanna's video and see if you dig it ...

What do you think of Rihanna's "Hard"?

 

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Rihanna has beaten Chris Brown pretty badly ... in terms of first-week album sales for their newly-released efforts. Not the way Chris ... well, you know.

Brown's new album Graffiti debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard charts, selling 102,000 copies (Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream sold 582,000 at No. 1).

That's quite a bit less than his ex, Rihanna, sold when Rated R debuted last month, entering the charts at No. 3 with sales of 181,000 in its first week.

Chris' sales didn't knock any socks off, but could've been worse.

Imagine if Walmart actually refused to sell Brown's CD - as "MechanicalDummy" (emphasis on Dummy) himself erroneously ranted on Twitter Monday.

Or imagine if he hadn't beaten the crap out of Rihanna.

Chris Brown Graffiti Cover

Still, 102,000 isn't too bad. It's 20 percent of the way to gold certification in one week, and after the way his year began, those sales look pretty solid.

He might wanna check his facts before Tweeting, though.

Monday, the "Changed Man" threw an online hissy fit over a perceived slight by Walmart. After visiting a Connecticut store that didn't have his album, Chris flipped out over the (incorrect) assumption that the retail giant banned him altogether.

"I'm tired of this s--t," he wrote on his now defunct account. "Major stores r blackballing my CD. Not stockin the shelves and lying to costumers."

Graffiti is, by all accounts, fully stocked by the Wal, however. Either Chris just didn't see it or that particular store just hadn't put it out yet.

Either way, don't quit anger management classes yet, C-dog.

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Rihanna topless photos aren't the only revealing thing in the new issue of GQ. The singer also bares her soul, delving deeper into "the whole Chris Brown thing."

With a new album, a new willingness to speak about Chris Brown, and a new look so sexy that - well, the pics below speak for themselves - the star is so back.

And while the GQ pics aren't quite as racy as the nude Rihanna photos that surfaced earlier in the year, they'll give Chris a pretty good idea what he's missing.

Here are just a few excerpts from her long GQ interview ...

On how it feels to speak out: "It's liberating. It's relieving. Because it was built up for so long, and all these thoughts and emotions have been running through my mind for the past eight months. And now it's like I finally get to let go."

On why she's speaking out now after remaining silent for so long: "I wanted people to move on with me. 'Cause the last big thing they know about me is 'That Night.' And I don't want that to be the one thing people define Rihanna as."

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On what she would tell young female fans: "That love is blind. It takes a lot of strength to pull out of a relationship. To finally just officially cut it off."

On the different kinds of pain: "The physical pain comes and it goes. The bruises fade away. But the thing that stays with you is the emotional scars."

On trusting guys, post-Chris: "I can trust. I don't like stereotypes; I think everyone's an individual. You can't judge someone based on someone else."

On her album cover shoot: "It's very sexy ... At one point [Def Jam chairman] Reid came in, and was like, "Rihanna, put some f*%king clothes on!"

On her new tattoos: "I just think [they're] too cool for school."

On Michelle Obama: "I love her. She's so fly."

Click to enlarge more of GQ's Rihanna pics ...

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It started out like an ordinary radio interview with Chris Brown, with the singer describing his just-released album, Graffiti, and his new movie, Takers

Until someone had to go and bring up the "whole Rihanna situation."

Chris spent several minutes talking Graffiti and such on the "Wake Up Show" on Seattle's KUBE 93, even agreeing to give a shout-out to a Twitter fan.

But then the topic turned to Brown's 20/20 interview re: Rihanna.

Brown tried to deflect the first question, saying, "I'm really done talking about the situation... I'm just moving forward." But the DJ wasn't done there.

He blurted out, "F**k that, did Rihanna throw you under the bus or what?"

Before Brown could even respond, his handler jumps in, tells the DJ, "alright guys," and hung up. Awesome. Listen to the comedic exchange below:

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