Chris Brown reveals new tattoo of a 'beaten woman'… but denies it's his ex Rihanna
15:35 GMT, 11 September 2012
Chris Brown has unveiled a new tattoo on his neck of what appears to be a woman's battered and bruised face.
The 23-year-old singer put the ink on display during an event in Las Vegas earlier this month.
The face structure, arched eyebrows and plump lips certainly bear a resemblance Rihanna, and the design has eerie echoes of the shocking picture that emerged of the We Found Love singer after he brutally assaulted her in 2009.
New ink: Chris Brown revealed his neck tattoo at a Las Vegas party on September 1
Resemblance: The tattoo has eerie echoes of Rihanna's beaten face following his 2009 assault on her
But sources close to Chris insist any similarities are purely coincidental, telling TMZ: 'It's a random woman.'
The pair sparked rumours that they were rekindling their romance at the MTV VMAs last week after they were seen kissing and hugging.
Rihanna, who touched down at LAX yesterday after a trip to London, opened up about her complicated feelings for her ex to Oprah Winfrey last month, calling him 'the love of my life'.
Still close: The pair were spotted sharing a kiss at the MTV VMAs last week
She confirmed they still have a 'very close friendship' and added she felt sympathy for him in the wake of the infamous violent attack that left her in hospital.
She explained: 'I just felt like he made that mistake because he needed help.'
'The main thing for me is that he is at peace,' she continued. 'I’m not at peace if he is unhappy or he is still lonely. I care. It actually matters that he finds peace.'
She's back: Rihanna touched down in Los Angeles yesterday after visiting London
Dressed for comfort: The star, who usually opts for racy attire, wore a bar-code hoodie with leggings and Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy sneakers