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Matt Barnes fuels rumors he’s dating Rihanna, Rihanna shuts him down

Memphis Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes is totally not dating Rihanna, Rihanna says. 

Rumor has it Grizzlies forward Matt Barnes is dating Rihanna. But the rumors are false. 

TMZ claimed last week that Barnes and Rihanna had been on two dates and even got Barnes’s ex-wife to comment on the gossip.

The rumor peddlers at TMZ tracked down Barnes after a celebrity softball game at UCLA on Saturday and gave him a chance to set the record straight. Instead, Barnes just fueled the rumors, saying their relationship is “beyond the crush stage.”

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Now, he’s probably just trolling TMZ for reporting something blatantly false, but Rihanna didn’t appreciate it. Not only that, but Barnes and Rihanna have never met, she says. 

The fact that Rihanna called Barnes’ insinuations “defamation of character” should be an indication this relationship isn’t going anywhere. 

- Dan Gartland