When Matt Kemp decided to jet off to Mexico with Rihanna, he was not expecting the amount of press and scrutiny that later ensued. Speaking up this week, Kemp says the whole ordeal with Rihanna as a ‘friend’ is really “not that big a deal.”
“She’s just a friend, a good friend of mine and we went down to Mexico and had fun together,” Kemp told MLB this week. “I didn’t think all that would come out of it, it just happened. I’m not used to that much attention to my personal life.”
As previously reported, rumors that Rihanna and Kemp were ‘involved’ and ‘dating’ at one point broke shortly after their vacation in Mexico. Rihanna, speaking of the rumors in recent weeks, has told press “I’m single”.
Nonetheless, Kemp, a Los Angeles Dodgers athlete, refuses to let the rumors and scrutiny get to him.
“It’s really not that big a deal,” Kemp tells MLB. “But in L.A., doing things here, you’re under a microscope, they’re examining everything you’re doing. It’s L.A., man, the city we live in. It is what it is. Can’t control what happens.”
“My job is to get my work in, which I’ve been doing. Nothing distracts me from my job, not the contract, or my personal life. When it’s time to play baseball, that’s my job. No distractions.”
In related news, Rihanna was spotted in Seoul, South Korea Wednesday. She is reportedly in Seoul for a promotional event.