he is a nice guy and has always said she was beautiful and was always intently jealous of her even talking to another man.
Doesn't mean anything, just that he is possessive and insecure when he cannot stand her talking to some other dude. And that he has two sides: the nice guy, but he probably is capable of beating her up when she as much as looks at another guy. Seen it before, you know. I really can't believe you buy the crap he's selling ya. And about the saying she was beautiful, ah well, did you know how many times I said that to a girl just to get laid? See what I mean? And besides that: he cared about his so-called friends enough to deny her, what would that say?
And one more thing: stop putting this all on his friends' account. He himself has a part in it as well...Just because he apologized, doesn't mean he's free of all guilt. It is easier to do and accept, I know, but pls don't forget the core. But like said, you ladies are such suckers for apologies. One apologies and you're all wax in a guy's hand. Until you finally see the light. And I'm a guy. I should know.
M-G (it's not my business and if she is happy, she's happy, but too many red flags here - and just giving some advise as I would hate to see anybody unhappy about some loser)