Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:07:57 GMT | By IANS

Rihanna proud of Chris Brown

Singer Rihanna is proud of the way her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown has turned his life around since being charged with assaulting her, friends say.

Rihanna proud of Chris Brown (© Reuters)

The former couple split up Feb 2009 after Brown physically assaulted Rihanna.

Both of them shared a hug when he won the Best Male Video prize at the MTV Video Music Awards.

"They are on a whole new level right now. Rihanna is proud of Chris for winning awards and giving back to the community and being a role model. Chris is being good now," contactmusic quoted a source as saying.

This comes after Brown, 23, was forced to deny a new Tattoo on his neck depicting Rihanna's battered face after he hit her.

The inking appears to show a woman with the same injuries Rihanna sported after the altercation including a black eye and bruised lip. But according to Brown's representative, the tattoo is a MAC cosmetics design of a skull associated with the Mexican Celebration of the Day of the Dead.

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