Rihanna Poses Topless For Esquire, Gets Close To Knicks' J.R. Smith?

Rihanna will appear in the upcoming July issue of Esquire UK, and the singer strips down for the camera in the new feature. The magazine gave fans a sneak peek this week with a few shots from the full spread.

Rihanna's love life has very much been a topic of conversation these days, and according to In Touch Weekly she was spotted with New York Knicks player J.R. Smith at New York City nightclub Veranda a little over a week ago showing some serious PDA. “They were very flirty in the club all night and holding hands,” an eyewitness told the magazine. “She was sitting on his lap and was really into him.” Another source added “He is the team’s most controversial player, so it’s no wonder that Rihanna likes him."

Smith was recently  fined $25, 000 by the NBA after tweeting a picture of Joe Budden's ex-girlfriend Tahiry in a thong, and maybe that caught Rihanna's attention.

Last week Chris Brown released a freestyle over Kanye's "Theraflu" (aka "Way Too Cold)" with a few scathing lines that seemed to be aimed at her and that prompted Russell Simmons to defend singer in a blog post.

"There have been a lot of artists recently talking about “good girl gone bad,” Rihanna. As far as I’m concerned, I don’t see why everyone has their panties up in a bunch," he wrote. "It’s just that she is out there allegedly f---in’ the rockstars of her dreams and you out there fuckin’ groupies. You can’t be mad that she was seen walking out of Ashton Kutcher’s house late one night, cause you know if you were seen walking out of Adriana Lima’s house late one night, you would be in the studio the next day rapping about it. I mean, you all got like 50 girls in your videos drooling over you and you dissing Rihanna? I can’t blame a girl for being independent, having fun and living her life the way she wants to. I am certainly not condoning indiscriminate sex, but don’t get mad cause the girl…