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Dodgers' Matt Kemp revisits Rihanna, gets soaked in new spread

September 28, 2011 |  7:27 pm


Baseball's Matt Kemp may be known in the real world as a legitimate MVP candidate and one of the best things happening for the Dodgers this year. But here at the Ministry, we fancy Matt Kemp as the hazel-eyed outfielder who captured our attention -- and pop diva Rihanna's -- with a blitz of promise and press last year.

Thank heavens, professional success aside, he's still around, still sexy and still has things to say about RiRi.

In a new spread for Flaunt magazine, Kemp touches on what could be "his year," as well as the quest for love and the oft-ugly politics of Major League Baseball.

"I’ve been in love twice," he tells the mag. "Only twice. That’s enough at 26."

Kemp's courting of the "S&M" singer, which was the first public outing she made with another man after being assaulted by singer Chris Brown, sparked in December 2009. The pair heated up after New Year's 2010 with a trip to Cabo San Lucas, followed by a surprise birthday party Kemp threw for Rihanna that February.

"We hang out and have fun," he said that April. The couple broke up in December.

Fast forward to present day, and Kemp seems satisfied to be single. He's developed a palate for sushi (thanks, Hollywood) and has learned how to spend his $7-million salary sensibly.

"You’ve got to set a little budget for every month or two for yourself. If you go over that budget, it means that you have do less next month," he said of splurging on fashion favorites such as Lanvin gear and shoes. "It's all about saving money. But looking good at the same time."

We can also file his diplomacy as a good look. When the subjects of his team's ownership mess and the trainwreck divorce of Dodgers duo Frank and Jamie McCourt was broached, he benched any comments.

"I don't really know the whole situation or who is to blame or whatever," he said. He's not alone.

"One thing I've learned: I can't worry about things I can't control, and in the front office -- that's one thing you can't control ... I just try to play my game and try to make everyone forget about the unfortunate situation that happened off the field."

A sound policy for baseball and love, Matt.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photos: Matt Kemp flashes his tattoo and killer eyes, left, and gets hosed off, right, in a detail of a photo for Flaunt magazine. Credits: Tony Duran