riri’s fresh start

for a fresh start… the singer’s ready bit­ter love tri­an­gle, Fol­low­ing that

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When Look heard that Ri­hanna had sworn off men to fo­cus on her ca­reer, we thought we couldn’t love her more. Then we saw her sip­ping from a be­jew­elled hip flask at the Gram­mys and blow­ing kisses to Bey­oncé. The 29-year-old seemed to­tally happy and care­free, and she looked in­cred­i­ble. We’re pretty sure it’s no co­in­ci­dence that in the last cou­ple of weeks she’s de­cided to ditch the drama for a clean break, fo­cus­ing on her ca­reer and putting a cer­tain Hol­ly­wood feud be­hind her.

As Look re­ported last week, Ri­hanna’s been tan­gled up in a bit­ter love tri­an­gle be­tween on-off beau Drake, 30, and for­mer BFF Jen­nifer Lopez, 47, since Christ­mas. With Ri­hanna and Drake fi­nally smooth­ing things over in the last few weeks (Drake called her ‘queen of ev­ery­thing’ at a re­cent gig), she’s vowed to put the drama be­hind her.

‘Ri­hanna’s to­tally at peace with her­self right now and su­per-ex­cited about what’s in store the rest of the year,’ an in­sider tells Look. ‘She’s de­ter­mined to make her movie ca­reer a suc­cess, so she’s get­ting act­ing lessons on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. She had a blast film­ing Ocean’s Eight, but she wants to step things up and land a ma­jor role or at least a sig­nif­i­cant sup­port­ing one.’

While Ri­hanna may be win­ning in her pro­fes­sional life, she’s also nailed a pretty en­vi­able work-life bal­ance too. ‘Her life had got­ten so hec­tic. The men she dated were so needy, it was all too much,’ says our source. ‘She ended things with Drake, cut back on the par­ty­ing and halved her sched­ule of events and ap­pear­ances. She had such a blast at the Gram­mys, mainly be­cause she hadn’t been out in a while.’ Ri­hanna ar­rived at the Gram­mys fash­ion­ably late and was spot­ted par­ty­ing with Se­lena Gomez and The Weeknd. Rev­ellers said she caused a stir and ‘stole the show’ at the af­ter-party in a re­veal­ing pink Marc Ja­cobs dress – but in true Ri­hanna style, she didn’t bat an eye­lid and took to In­sta­gram the next morn­ing to post a video from the night be­fore of her­self mouthing: ‘I think it’s time for an­other shot.’ De­spite the fact she missed out on any awards (she was nom­i­nated for eight Gram­mys, in­clud­ing Record Of The Year), the singer was over­heard telling friends she was ‘cool with it’.

‘Af­ter all the chaos in her life, she knows where she’s go­ing and plans on fo­cus­ing her ef­forts with a re­laxed state of mind,’ says our source. ‘At the Gram­mys she felt lib­er­ated and more at ease with her­self than she’s been in years.’

While Ri­hanna’s pre­vi­ously been tak­ing a break from men, a close friend has re­vealed to Look that the star could be ready to date some­one new. Chris Brown, 27, re­port­edly sent Ri – and her mum – flow­ers on Valen­tine’s Day as an apol­ogy for bring­ing her into the drama with rap­per Soulja Boy re­cently – the two are feud­ing over Soulja’s claims he slept with the singer while she was dat­ing Chris back in 2009.

‘Ri just wants some­one who’s cute, cool, se­cure and kind. Some­one who makes her laugh – noth­ing dys­func­tional like she had with Chris,’ says the pal. ‘While she and Drake will al­ways have some­thing, she’s mov­ing on.’ We reckon there’s al­ready a huge queue.

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