Tattoo bears resemblance to Rihanna's bruised face

Chris Brown has faced a Twitter backlash over his new tattoo, after people pointed out a striking resemblance to the bruised face of his ex-girlfriend Rihanna.

The rapper is believed to have had the face of the woman, who appears to have a black eye and stitches on her lip, tattooed onto his skin before last week’s MTV Video Music Awards.

Brown and Rihanna separated after he assaulted her in February 2009 before a pre-Grammys party. Brown was sentenced to five years’ probation for the attack. An unauthorised image of the singer bloodied and bruised shortly after the attack was later leaked to the media by Los Angeles Police Department, prompting an internal investigation.

According to TMZ, sources close to the singer have insisted that any similarities to Rihanna are coindidental, adding: “It’s a random woman.”

The pair were recently photographed kissing and hugging at the MTV Video Music Awards. Rihanna recently told US chat show host Oprah Winfrey that she still has feelings for her ex. “I think he is the love of my life,” she said. “He was my first love. Now we’re very close friends. And that’s not anything we’re going to try to change.”