London: 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.
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.com 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.