Los Angeles: Singer Rihanna and her beau Karim Benzema are reportedly taking their relationship slowly, but have an amazing connection and a lot of respect for each other.
The 27-year-old singer started dating the Real Madrid soccer player in June after first connecting with him via Twitter last year.
A source close to the "Stay" hitmaker told eonline.com that she appreciates how Benzema, 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.