Rihanna Gushes Over Boyfriend Matt Kemp

By Alexis Sezar on June 9, 2010

LOS ANGELES — Rihanna has found comfort at home in the arms of her boyfriend, Los Angeles Dodgers star Matt Kemp.

"I'm so happy," the 22-year-old pop star tells Elle for its July issue. "I feel really comfortable, and it's so easy. I have such a chaotic life, but at the end of the day, that is just my peace. It keeps me sane, really, talking to him and talking to my family."

Rihanna and Kemp, 25, were first introduced through friends last November. They made headlines two months later when they were photographed together while vacationing at a luxury resort in Cabo San Lucas. It was the singer's first serious relationship since her very public breakup from Chris Brown.

"A year ago, I was very confused. Because he was my best friend," Rihanna says of Brown, who was arrested for assaulting her on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards. "All of a sudden, one night changed our whole lives—not only our friendship, but our lives.

"I wanted to wake up one day and just not have that pain anymore. I wanted to be with him again or get over him—it was either-or. I just didn't want to feel the pain, the confusion."

Rihanna has emerged from the incident with another hit album in Rated R. With her career continuing to soar, she admits to feeling fortunate that her wishes have all come true.

"If I were in Barbados still, I would be dreaming about this," she says. "I asked for it, and I love it, so why am I complaining? My first day on tour, I remember saying 'I'm so tired—this is so much.' Then I thought, What the f---? You asked for this—you prayed to God to tour like Madonna."

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