By EMILY SHERIDAN
Take a bow: Rihanna and Matt Kemp, pictured together in Paris in October, have split after just a year together
Since Rihanna arrived in her native Barbados for Christmas last week, many fans noticed her boyfriend Matt Kemp was suspiciously absent.
It has now been revealed the couple had ended their long-term romance after a year together.
A friend of the singer claimed they split over the past few weeks after struggling to spend enough time together.
A source told Us Weekly magazine: 'It happened over the last few weeks. She basically was just over it.'
But it doesn't look like the singer is wasting too much time moping over it as she was spotted jet-skiiing and spending time with her family and friends on the beach.
Rihanna, 22, started dating Los Angeles Dodgers baseball star Kemp, 22, last December.
Action girl: Rihanna confidently whizzes around on a jet ski as she holidays in Barbados
Speaking about Kemp over the summer, Rihanna admitted it was struggle to uphold a long-distance relationship.
While Kemp splits his time between Los Angeles and wherever the Dodgers are playing away games, Rihanna spends most of the year living out of a suitcase travelling the world.
She said: 'It’s really difficult because we are so far from each other most of the year and we both have very demanding schedules, it gets difficult at times but it is what it is.
Long-distance romance: The couple were last pictured together on November 12 in New York after Kemp joined Rihanna in Europe
'I’m in love and I’m very happy but we have only been dating for a few months so no wedding for now, we are taking it easy.'
The Umbrella singer's relationship with Kemp was first reported in January this year after the couple were photographed kissing on a yacht off the coast of Mexico.
In February, Kemp surprised Rihanna with a 22nd birthday party in Phoenix, Arizona.
The $5.4million-a-year player had also introduced the singer to his parents.
Rihanna's burgeoning relationship with Kemp was the first man she had properly dated since splitting from ex-boyfriend Chris Brown.
Home for Christmas: The singer enjoyed the afternoon on the beach with her brother Rajad, friends and family
Relax: Rihanna slipped on a cover-up and sipped a drink after her energetic day
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By EMILY SHERIDAN