Rihanna Is Now a Kemp Woman

Rihanna is starting the new year with a new man ... LA Dodger Matt Kemp.

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RiRi and Matty got up close and personal while vacationing in Mexico together this weekend.

Last week, Matt lied to our cameraman -- and adamantly stated the two were just "friends."

Ah yeah, yeah, yeah!