EXCLUSIVE DETAILS! Rihanna’s New Boyfriend — LA Dodger Matt Kemp! Their Hot Hookup in Dubai!

Mon, January 4, 2010 1:40pm EDT by 9 Comments

Who did you kiss when the clock struck midnight January 1? Rihanna was kissing a player — a baseball player, that is!

It’s a new year, which means a fresh start. Pop star Rihanna is putting her boy drama of 2009 behind her and moving on with a new man – LA Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp — and it looks more and more like the real thing.

Things are seriously starting to heat up for the two, says a source close to the songbird. In fact, Oklahoma-native Matt, 25, followed Rihanna, 21, to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where she performed at the Emirates Palace on New Years Eve.

“Rihanna and Matt are starting to get serious – he even followed her to Dubai for New Years,” the insider tells HollywoodLife.com, adding, “Rihanna likes him because he’s such a gentleman…and super sexy!”

Can’t say we blame Rihanna for choosing someone completely unlike ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, 20, who was found guilty for physically abusing her last year.

Atta girl, Rihanna. We dig your resolution: out with the old and in with the new! — Laura Schreffler