Matt Kemp on Ex-Fling Rihanna: 'She's a Distraction!'

We can easily see how Rihanna might ruin your ball game, Matt – but why are you pretending Ri is just a ‘good friend’ when we saw you holding on to her buttocks for dear life in Mexico?

It’s officially over for Rihanna and L.A. Dodgers star Matt Kemp’s short-lived month-long romance – but why is Matt, 25, acting as if their relationship was completely platonic?

“[Rihanna] is just a friend, a good friend of mine,” the athlete said in an interview on his team’s website Feb. 10. He added, “I can’t get distracted by that. When it’s time to play baseball, that’s my job. No distractions.” It sounds like the glaring spotlight on his high-profile relationship was just a wee bit too bright. “I’m not used to that much attention to my personal life,” he confessed. “It’s really not that big a deal. But in LA, doing things here, you’re under a microscope.”

As for Rihanna, 21, at least she’s honest when it comes to her romantic status. Said the songbird of her brief fling – which kickstarted in Dubai over New Years and ended with a hot and steamy weekend in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico – “I’m single.”

No explanations, no b.s., no lies. Just the way we like it.

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