Dating kindred spirits

"Even if you don't love them per se, when you care enough about somebody and you know that they care about you, then you know they don't disrespect you. A hundred percent."In her own way, she has revolutionized the art of dating while female—people are as interested in her love life as ever (and Drake makes up for anyone who isn't) but no one really bats an eye when she changes beaus as some would when, say...

Taylor Swift would step out with a new guy and be instantly scrutinized for rushing into the next thing.

"It's pretty much overwhelming," Kemp admitted in a 2012 interview on . I'm not used to going to a grocery story or to just somewhere simple and people following you around." He recalled his grandma seeing a picture online of him and his ex hugging and telling him "'you can't be doing that.'"Apparently he handled the scrutiny like a champ, however, because Rihanna told in 2015, "We were just three months in and I liked his vibe, he was a good guy, and then paparazzi got us on vacation in Mexico. Later in the summer of 2015, however, the avid sports fan was keeping company with Formula 1 driver Hamilton, but all he would say was, "You know, I've known Ri for a long time. We get to hang out every now and again."Ultimately, with both Hamilton and Benzema in the picture, Rihanna just wasn't ready to "put a label on anyone," a source told E! "She is not at any point in her life now ready to settle just for anyone, but she is enjoying the time she has with her friends and also focusing on work." , before which he reportedly kept the interviewer waiting because he was off somewhere with Rihanna. News in September 2015 that Scott was "very into her," but...well, that was his misfortune.

I can handle it." Acknowledging their history, she added, "He doesn't have the luxury of f--king up again. And I wouldn't have gone this far if I ever thought that was a possibility. And sometimes people need support and encouragement, instead of ridicule and criticism and bashing."Though they would continue to hang out together amid breakup rumors, they seemingly split up for good in April 2013.

"There's a lot of DPs sent to that inbox, man, y'all are some dogs."Yet for all of the visibly good times captured in photos taken all over the world, on stage, on yachts, at clubs and concerts, sporting events and parties, and, most recently, in swimming pools, Rihanna has refrained from being tied down.

She's the Lady Leo, and yet she's not even as into settling down (albeit temporarily) as her dear friend Leonardo Di Caprio is—nor is she necessarily interested in casual hookups."When you love somebody, that's different," she explained to in 2015, surprising those who assumed that singing authoritatively about sex meant Rihanna was acting out her (or their) fantasies on a daily basis.

So Rihanna was in for it from both sides—those who were outraged on her behalf and simultaneously disturbed by her choices.

But if you look more closely at Rihanna's choices, particularly the ones she's made since fully cutting ties with her first love, they appear to be the choices of a young woman who's determined to not let just any man hold sway over her ever again.