Ri­hanna ‘i’ve met my match!’

Ca­reer-driven Riri is get­ting se­ri­ous with Has­san Jameel – and her pri­or­i­ties are chang­ing

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For more than a decade Ri­hanna’s been one of the world’s busiest women. Mu­sic, films and fash­ion: she’s cov­ered all bases. But her per­sonal life has suf­fered, oooh, just a lit­tle. En­ter Has­san Jameel.

Since go­ing pub­lic with her new man last month, Ri­hanna has been glow­ing and ac­cord­ing to pals, she’s now con­sid­er­ing a fu­ture that doesn’t in­volve tour­ing and pro­mot­ing for most of the year. In­stead, she wants to fo­cus on projects that will give her lots of free time with Has­san.

‘She’s met some­one who’s worth walk­ing away from the mu­sic in­dus­try for,’ says our source. ‘The men she’s dated in the past [Chris Brown, Drake] have been in­volved in the busi­ness. With Has­san, it’s not like that. He thinks there’s far more to life and wants Ri­hanna to start think­ing about what’s right for her rather than what’s right for her record com­pany.’

Riri, 29, has been open in the past about want­ing a fairy­tale end­ing, say­ing: ‘A child de­serves both par­ents. I can do it my­self, but that’s not fair. In a perfect book, there would be mar­riage and kids.’ And now, we’re told, Riri be­lieves her dream is fi­nally within reach. It’s not like Has­san doesn’t tick all her dat­ing boxes. ‘I’m turned on by guys who are cul­tured,’ she’s said. ‘Who keep me in­trigued. They don’t have to have a de­gree but they should speak other lan­guages or know things about the world.’

Has­san, 29, is big into char­ity, just like Ri­hanna, and is heir to the Saudi Ara­bia Toy­ota group. ‘Has­san’s out­look on life has made Riri think about what she wants for her­self,’ a close friend tells us. ‘It’s the first time she’s been on the same page as a guy about start­ing a fam­ily and lay­ing down some roots.’

De­spite seem­ingly be­ing Riri’s perfect man, Has­san has been work­ing hard to charm her. She’s the girl who’s got ev­ery­thing, but it was re­ported he bought her a gi­ant teddy bear and flew it half­way around the world on a pri­vate jet to reach her. That’s one way to score points...

Mean­while, sources say Riri grew tired of her ex-boyfriend Drake’s re­luc­tance to set­tle down de­spite his many pub­lic dis­plays of af­fec­tion. This is some­thing she’s con­fi­dent Has­san is ready for. ‘It helps that he’s very in­de­pen­dent and his sched­ule is flex­i­ble,’ adds our in­sider. ‘He can hop on a pri­vate jet at a mo­ment’s no­tice.’

But he’s not her only rea­son to smile right now. Next month will see the re­lease of her new movie Va­le­rian And The City Of A Thou­sand Plan­ets, be­fore Ocean’s 8, in which she stars along­side San­dra Bul­lock and Cate Blanchett, hits cine­mas in 2018. They’re two big op­por­tu­ni­ties to show the world she’s tak­ing her act­ing ca­reer se­ri­ously.

The move from mu­sic to film­ing is part of a plan to stay grounded for months at a time – some­thing she’s not used to – mean­ing reg­u­lar qual­ity time with fam­ily, friends and, of course, Has­san.

‘Her plan is to make one more big movie, then have a break,’ says our source. ‘The past 15 years have been all about her ca­reer. But Has­san is some­one she can take the next big “life step” with – and that’s a life with­out show­biz. She’s been very open about it, telling friends she’s about to make a big, life-chang­ing de­ci­sion.’

It looks like Has­san walked into Riri’s life at just the right time. In 2012, she ad­mit­ted to hav­ing a five-year plan and at the end of it she’d set­tle down. ‘Hope­fully I’ll have a man by then,’ she added. Maths isn’t our strong point but by our cal­cu­la­tions, we’d say she’s well on her way to get­ting ev­ery­thing she wants...

He’s some­one she can set­tle down with

Nip­ping to Ibiza for a cheeky get­away with Has­san last month

As a bur­lesque dancer in Va­le­rian And The City Of A Thou­sand Plan­ets, out in Au­gust

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