Rihanna and Karim Benzema are taking their relationship slowly, but have an amazing connection and a huge amount of respect for each other.
A source close to the 'Stay' hitmaker told E! News that she appreciates how Karim, 27, understands her busy schedule and has no problem giving her the space she needs to focus on her music.
Rihanna also respects the French athlete's passion for hard work and dedication to his own career.
The pair stay in constant contact when they're apart through text messages and phone calls, according to the insider, and they have also won the seal of approval from their respective friends.
It was previously revealed the 'Diamonds' hitmaker feels like Karim is her "best friend" after previously dating Chris Brown, Drake, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
A friend recently said: "It's taken a long time for the relationship to get off the ground but she says that's what makes it so special.
"He's the first guy she's actually gotten to know before diving in head first.
"She's been telling people she's never experienced anything like this in her life and that she trusts him like her best friend."