Rihanna finds love in Northern Ireland with boxer / model Dudley O’Shaughnessy

Dudley O’Shaughnessy

Is art imitating life for this pop star and Dudley O’Shaughnessy?

Reports are emerging that Rihanna has found love of her own with amateur Brit boxer Dudley O’Shaughnessy while in Belfast.

It’s been exciting few days for Rihanna this week so far in Northern Ireland. First, she was given the boot off some farmland in Bangor, Co. Down during her filming for her upcoming video for ‘We Found Love.’

Then, she attracted crowds as well as police escorts in the New Lodge area of Belfast during a second day of filming.

Now Rihanna hand-picked boxer-turned-model O’Shaughnessy to play the lead opposite her in her video for ‘We Found Love.’ Evidently, Rihanna is putting a literal spin on her new tune.

O’Shaughnessy, an amateur boxer, is 21 years old, two years Rihanna’s junior. He was scouted in his hometown London while riding the tube, and was reportedly “delighted” to give modelling a try. Seems that Rihanna is equally delighted.

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"Rihanna was making no secret that she fancied the pants off Dudley. They hit it off straight away," a source told the Sun. "She had seen his modelling shots and other pictures when he was a boxer."

“Rihanna took every opportunity to get close to him and at one point she was sitting in his lap during a break from filming,” the source tells The Sun.

Rihanna’s continuing her tour of Ireland this week with three sold-out shows in Belfast’s Odyssey Arena, and another night on Monday at Dublin’s O2 stadium.