Over the past week, Mel B has been a big topic of discussion due to the new release of her intimate memoir, Brutally Honest. In the book, the former Spice Girl shed light on many aspects of her personal life, including details about the abuse she suffered at the hands of her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte. Now, her daughter, Phoenix, is also speaking out about the harrowing abuse she witnessed.
During an interview with Mail on Sunday, the 19-year-old reportedly saw several incidents of abuse, recalling one in particular. According to Rolling Out, Phoenix alleges that she saw Belafonte push her mother over a couch in the midst of a heated argument. She recalled hearing screaming and arguing before going to see what the problem was. When she entered the room, she allegedly saw the physical abuse.
“I looked through the crack halfway up the stairs – where I could just see the kitchen – to check if everything was OK, which it was, then returned to my room. I heard more screaming and her shouting, ‘Stop, get off’, and heard little thumps. I went to the stairs again and saw … my mum pushed over the couch. I froze, but then I just went back [to my room]. This was my family life.”
Since the release of her memoir, Mel B has garnered lots of attention for the information she’d shared. As previously reported on Inquisitr, Mel B opened up about her struggles with drug and alcohol abuse, revealing there was a time when she snorted between five and six lines of cocaine on a daily basis while filming X-Factor. From her personal life to the professional side, she’s faced many challenges over the years and, at one point attempted suicide.
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still can’t stop crying ,I’m beyond words @phoenixisphoenix I really really am,your soo brave and clear in your story,you have shared some of the most personal things in your own words with @youmagsocial I remember I told you not to do it but you were adamant that you did saying to me “mum it’s not just you that was affected it’s us too,your kids” and you were and you are right,you my kids my family and my friends where all effected by my 10 years of abuse,that’s why phoenix by you doing this with your own voice makes me Even more proud of you,not only as my 19 year old beautiful strong daughter but you as an eloquent bright compassionate young lady wanting to help kids that have gone threw the same thing you have since you were 10 years old,wow phoenix I can’t wait to hug and squeeze you my love and HUGE thankyou to @louise.gannon97 for helping me write about all this in our book! #speakout #yournotalone @womens_aid #mystoryisyourstory
As expected, the personal confessions have also caught the attention of her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte. In response to the accusations of abuse, Stephen has spoken out to defend himself. He insists he never abused Mel B. In fact, he has a totally different perspective of the marriage, claiming Mel B was the one with serious problems. Describing her accounts as “disgusting,” Stephen also argues that he was often blamed for his ex-wife’s shortcomings including her drug abuse.
“I do not know who I was married to, at all. It is a person who had the capability of probably slitting my throat if it protected her as an addict. What she has said to protect her own image, to play the victim was nasty and horrific. I’m dumbfounded.” He continued, “She blames me for her cocaine use, she blames me for the sexual stuff, it’s just disgusting.”
Mel B’s memoir Brutally Honest was released on Tuesday, November 27.