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Sounds like Rihanna's summer romance is heating up! 

The 27-year-old pop star and soccer star Karim Benzema are still going strong, a source tells E! News. The couple was first romantically linked in early June after they were spotted enjoying a morning meal in NYC following a late night of clubbing. 

We're told the two have a great time together and are taking things slow. They have an amazing connection and always have a wonderful time when they are together. 

The insider adds that Rihanna appreciates how the 27-year-old soccer player understands her hectic schedule and gives her the space she needs. 

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Rihanna, 2015 BET Awards

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Rihanna and Benzema also share a mutual appreciation for their respective professions. The source says that the "Diamonds" beauty is a fan of both Benzema's passion for hard work and soccer, noting that the couple supports each other and stays in contact when they are apart through text and phone calls. 

Additionally, we're told the duo has been spending time away from the paps as of late and, most importantly, Rihanna's friends and work crew are said to be fans of the couple. 

While neither the singer nor the Real Madrid star has commented on the romance, the Barbadian beauty was spotted stepping out with Benzema in mid-June, about one week after their post-clubbing breakfast date.  

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Rihanna, Karim Benzema


Fans first took note of the pair's flirty relationship on social media when Rihanna tweeted at Benzema last year. 

"@Benzema I feel your pain right now!" to which he reportedly responded saying, "@Rihanna No Pain no gain, thanks for the support!"

Do you think Rihanna and Benzema make a cute couple? Tell us in the comments! 

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