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Matt Kemp throws Rihanna a surprise (and surprising) birthday party

February 22, 2010 |  3:25 pm

Rihanna black and white So Rihanna says she's single, despite the Cabo San Lucas vacation with Matt Kemp. And Kemp says he isn't dating Rihanna, they're just good friends. Because he needs "no distractions."

Fortunately, good friends aren't distracted at all by the likes of an elaborate surprise birthday party and spending the weekend together, so the shindig the Dodgers star threw Rihanna on Saturday in Phoenix is totally within the lines.

The surprise bash included about 40 guests from both sides of the aisle. Even though, of course, there's not really an "aisle" either. Matt "really wanted to do something nice for Rihanna this year," a source told the New York Daily News, "since she didn't have much of a 21st birthday last year."

Hey, thanks, Chris Brown.

Phoenix is where Kemp is currently staying focused for spring training. And we're sure the party was nowhere near as distracting as his new contact lenses were during spring training in 2007.

Backed by his new two-year, $11-million contract, he sprung for a diamond necklace for the birthday girl, plus tiki torches, cupcakes, gifts of Champagne and Scotch in engraved bottles, and the services of a Jamaican chef who whipped up snacks for the guests.

Kemp also presented her with a cake that was  decorated with her 13 tattoos. (Not sure how many of them were rendered in reverse.)

Good to know that the "no distractions" category also includes Rihanna's personal exotic birthday dance (there's video) from Bridget Powers (a.k.a. Bridget the Midget), a bisexual little-person stripper and adult-film actress who also appeared in the 2009 attempted comedy "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell."

We learn something new every day. 

Rest easy, sports fans. Nothing to see here.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Rihanna posed for pics in Sydney, Australia, on Feb. 14, 2010, during a short promotional tour for her new album "Rated R." Credit: Lisa Maree Williams / Getty Images.

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