Forget the drama of 2009, it’s 2010 and it seems Rihanna is ready to take things to the next step with her newest alleged flame, L.A. Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. A new report has RiRi ringing in the New Year in Dubai with her brand-new baller and shedding her troubled relationship past.

Hollywood Life cites a source who says Matt followed Rihanna to Abu Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, where she had a gig performing 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 Hollywood Life, adding, “Rihanna likes him because he’s such a gentleman… and super sexy!”

We can practically hear Chris Brown regretting his violence from here.