Matt Kemp on Rihanna: "I Love to Be Around Her"

Celebrity Body May. 4, 2010 AT 4:01PM
Matt Kemp on Rihanna: "I Love to Be Around Her" Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

Although they've been spotted together since January, Rihanna and Matt Kemp have kept coy about their budding romance.

But on Monday, L.A. Dodgers player Kemp finally fessed up about his new love at the State Farm DDF Bowling Extravaganza at L.A.'s Lucky Strike Lanes.

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When asked if he and Rihanna were official, Kemp told UsMagazine.com, "Yeah! That's my girl!"

The baseball star gushed to Us of the singer, "She's just a fun person. I love to be around her."

Right now, the pair have to contend with long-distance love: Rihanna, 22, is currently on her world tour. "She's definitely not gonna be here for a little while. Hopefully when she gets back she'll at a couple [more] games," Kemp told Us. (She was spotted cheering him on at an April 14 game.)

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Kemp added: "She's definitely a great person in my life, and I'm happy I'm with her."

Although the athlete and the singer were photographed frolicking in Cabo San Lucas in early January, Rihanna opted to attend the Grammy Awards solo; at the time she claimed "I'm still single."

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In 2009, she split with boyfriend Chris Brown following an infamous February assault; he later pled guilty to felony assault, and was sentenced to five years probation.

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