Mel B’s ex-husband Stephen Belafonte has jetted into London hours after the singer appeared in a surprising video to highlight the consequences of domestic violence.
In the Women’s Aid video, the Spice Girl, 45, appeared overwhelmed and lined in faux bruises as she tried to flee a violent associate.
It got here as Mel additionally claimed she tried to go away her marriage to ex-husband Stephen, who has vehemently denied any accusations of abuse, for a decade however discovered it to be an ‘unattainable’ state of affairs.
Ex: Mel B ‘s ex-husband Stephen Belafonte has jetted into London hours after the singer appeared in a surprising video to highlight the consequences of domestic violence (pictured in 2016)
The Mirror reported on Friday night time that Stephen, 45, had jetted into London with the producer confirming the information on his personal Instagram.
Posting an image to his Stories, Stephen revealed that he was travelling to the United Kingdom with singer Malú Trevejo, 18, who he manages.
The producer shared a picture of a Union Jack flag with a laughing emoji and ‘I [heart emoji] the UK’, he penned: ‘I’m in London with my famous person @malutrevejo and after we quarantine it is [four fire emojis].’
The Mirror additionally claims that Malú informed her Instagram followers that she was ‘quizzed by police’ over an alleged lockdown breach at her London lodge earlier this week after she went outdoors to smoke.
MailOnline has contacted each Stephen and Malú’s representatives for additional remark.
Hard-hitting: In the Women’s Aid video, the Spice Girl, 45, appeared overwhelmed and lined in faux bruises as she tried to flee a violent associate
London: The Mirror reported on Friday night time that Stephen, 45, had jetted into London with the producer confirming the information on his personal Instagram
On Thursday night time, Mel appeared overwhelmed and lined in faux bruises for a surprising music video to highlight the consequences of domestic violence.
The Spice Girl might be seen trying to flee her violent associate within the Women’s Aid video, which was made in collaboration with classical composer Fabio D’Andrea.
It got here after Mel additionally claimed she tried to go away her marriage to ex-husband Stephen, who has denied any accusations of abuse, for a decade however discovered it to be an ‘unattainable’ state of affairs.
In the video, Mel might be seen sporting make-up to mimic a bloodied face and bruises as she is dragged throughout the room and overwhelmed by her associate.
Manager: Posting an image to his Stories, Stephen revealed that he was travelling to the United Kingdom with singer Malú Trevejo, 18, who he manages (pictured in March)
While the video exhibits that the couple’s relationship is the image of happiness to these round them, behind closed doorways she is left terrified by her associate’s violent behaviour.
The clip ends with a bloodied Mel dramatically fleeing her home after her associate leaves, determined to escape his abusive behaviour.
Speaking to The Sun following the video’s launch, Mel, who’s now a patron for Women’s Aid, defined: ‘Whether it’s the spitting or the strangulation, these are issues that really occur. They are all these ladies’s tales.
‘I got here out of creating that video with bruises as a result of I wished it to be an sincere illustration of what we’ve all gone by way of.
‘There is a bed room scene the place I’m attacked, it was actually necessary to make that actual.’
Relationship: It got here as Mel additionally claimed she tried to go away her marriage for 10 years, after accusing ex Stephen of ’emotional and bodily abuse,’ which he denies (pictured 2015)
Mel additionally hinted that 5 years since leaving her marriage, she has discovered love once more with a brand new associate, admitting that following her ordeal she could not even be hugged or touched for a yr.
The singer additionally welcomed the introduction of The Domestic Abuse Bill into regulation, with the brand new Act setting out the definition as being past simply bodily violence, and together with coercive management and emotional and sexual abuse.
However Mel additionally detailed that regardless of divorcing Stephen, she continues to be embroiled in a custody association which means she can’t see her daughter Madison for weeks on finish.
Since leaving her ex, Mel has settled into a brand new life in Leeds with her mum Andrea and has vowed to train her daughters how to keep relationship, together with a ban on yelling in her home.
Shocking: The former Spice Girl might be seen trying to flee her violent associate within the Women’s Aid video, which was made in collaboration with classical composer Fabio D’Andrea
Speaking additional concerning the quick movie, Mel mentioned: ‘I’m so extremely proud to be a part of this mission which implies a lot to me as a result of this can be a collaboration of three issues which are so necessary in my life. Music, dance and a method to highlight the ever rising difficulty of violence in the direction of ladies.
‘It appears unusual to say I’m happy with exhibiting one thing so brutal and disturbing however it’s my mission to increase consciousness of one thing so many ladies undergo daily, each week, each month of their lives.
‘I’ve had my very own experiences of abusive relationships however as patron of Women’s Aid I’ve spoken to so many different ladies, listened to what they’ve gone by way of and I understand how very actual the hazard is to so many ladies on the market and I’m not going to cease breaking the silence and the disgrace round this topic as a result of it is an excessive amount of and we’ve to rise up and do one thing.
‘This efficiency represents the tales and the experiences of these ladies I’ve met, spoken to or heard about.
‘My coronary heart breaks for each single lady and baby who suffers from some type of domestic abuse. I need this to rely for all victims of abuse. I need to assist increase consciousness, increase cash and do something I can to put a cease to this epidemic.’
Brutal: In the video, Mel might be seen sporting make-up to mimic a bloodied face and bruises as she is dragged throughout the room and overwhelmed by her associate
The video is a part of a collection by D’Andrea that has additionally included actor Russell Tovey highlighting points round fame and psychological well being.
D’Andrea mentioned: ‘So a lot might be communicated by way of the humanities that can not be in different methods. We all hope this video can join with as many individuals as potential.
‘Domestic violence exists in each part of society however we not often hear about it. This music and this video goals to change that. This video efficiency represents the tales and the experiences of many, many ladies. It could be very actual, very uncooked.’
Teresa Parker, head of communications for Women’s Aid, mentioned: ‘Specialist companies, akin to these run by Women’s Aid nationally and the native companies run by our members throughout the nation, really assist to save lives.
‘We are asking everybody to share this necessary video, to assist us increase consciousness, and if you happen to can contemplate donating to Women’s Aid or your native domestic abuse service to guarantee that ladies fleeing abuse, like the lady that Melanie is enjoying within the video, are ready to entry the assistance and help that they urgently want.’
Alternative sight: The video exhibits the couple dancing collectively, alluding to the picture of their ‘blissful’ relationship
It got here as Mel additionally claimed she tried to go away her marriage for 10 years, after accusing ex-husband Stephen of ’emotional and bodily abuse.’
In an interview for ITV News, the singer defined she tried to go away her relationship a number of occasions, however stored going again to him.
She mentioned: ‘I used to be married for 10 years and I did discover the energy to go away, however then I ended up going again… it was simply an unattainable state of affairs for me.’
‘When you’re in that sort of relationship, it actually feels unattainable to get out since you’re remoted.
‘Some ladies haven’t got entry to their telephones, even their funds. Like in my state of affairs, you’re utterly lower off from an everyday regular world. What turns into your normality resides in an abusive relationship with no method out, however there may be assist.’
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Stephen Belafonte for additional remark.
Tough: Speaking to ITV News she mentioned: ‘Some ladies haven’t got entry to their telephones, even their funds. Like in my state of affairs, you’re utterly lower off from an everyday regular world’
Mel beforehand claimed that a lot of her abuse was recorded, in addition to herself and Stephen having intercourse, which he claimed was consensual.
The former couple divorced in 2017, with Mel revealing final yr that she now suffers from post-traumatic stress dysfunction, which may lead to flashbacks.
The singer informed how she as soon as wakened from a nightmare satisfied that her ex had tried to chop off her finger.
Mel mentioned she did not realise how traumatised she was till after the discharge of her guide Brutally Honest when she struggled to converse concerning the alleged abuse throughout interviews.
She mentioned: ‘I did not even realise for thus a few years that I used to be in a coercive relationship. It was solely by way of doing my guide that I started to absolutely perceive the state of affairs I had been residing in for ten years. And I do know I’m not the one one like that.’
Mel’s autobiography, Brutally Honest, talks about abuse and her suicide try, and the singer mentioned she has no regrets about something within the guide, together with her revelations about her ex – who she divorced in 2017 after ten years of marriage.
Speaking of their risky relationship whereas on GMB in 2018, she mentioned: ‘I had an unlucky ten yr marriage; very coercive and abusive. Something we don’t discuss, as a result of it’s taboo.
‘I wished to deal with all these totally different conditions due to residing such a life for 10 years. I wished to personal it take again my energy in a respectful method, I feel.’
Host Piers Morgan mentioned: ‘The opening web page talks a few suicide try… it was round The X Factor judging time.’
Mel responded: ‘Yeah, I used to be crushed. I’m in all probability nonetheless therapeutic and studying from that complete complete relationship. Writing the guide was cathartic and therapeutic… It is a chapter in my life that has been put to relaxation.’
Talking additional about Stephen, she mentioned: ‘I didn’t select him he selected me and sought me out. It got here at a really susceptible level at my life.
‘There was domestic violence, psychological abuse, management, torture….it’s extremely, not a really good factor to have gone by way of. I’m blissful as I’ve teamed up with Women’s Aid, educating folks, that’s not regular, honest or respectful to deal with anybody like that.’
Apart: The Spice Girl resides in her native Britain after leaving her job as a decide on America’s Got Talent, with Madison resides in LA with her father. The exes at the moment share custody
She and Stephen divorced in 2017 and spent months battling it out in a nasty court docket struggle earlier than lastly reaching a settlement in August 2018 which concerned the abuse costs being dropped.
She accused him of bodily and emotional abuse and he claimed she was a cocaine and alcohol addict.
Last yr, Mel was reported to be livid that the nanny whom she accused of wrecking her marriage to Belafonte continues to be caring for his or her daughter Madison.
Mel was mentioned to be wanting into taking authorized motion to maintain Lorraine Gilles away from her daughter who resides with her father in Los Angeles, in accordance to The Sun.
‘There is a keep away order in place to guarantee Lorraine Gilles retains out of the lives of Mel and her daughters,’ a spokesperson for the star informed the outlet on the time. ‘Her legal professionals shall be wanting into this matter.’
And a supply informed the web site: ‘There had been legitimate the reason why she didn’t need Lorraine round her kids, therefore a stayaway order was put in place.’
MailOnline contacted Mel B’s representatives for remark on the time.
Gilles had been snapped selecting up Madison from her faculty and strolling the household canine with her.
Gilles, who was 18 when she was employed by the couple as a nanny in 2009, admitted to having intercourse with each Belafonte and Mel together with threesomes throughout a deposition within the messy divorce case.
In April 2019, the Spice Girl paid out $1.8 million to settle a defamation lawsuit introduced in opposition to her by Gilles whom she had referred to as a ‘prostitute’ and a ‘homewrecker’ two years earlier.
In 2017, Stephen denied Mel’s allegations of abuse in a press release, telling TMZ: ‘It’s a disgrace that Ms. Brown elected not to proceed in a respectful and amicable vogue on this very personal matter.
‘In due course, Mr. Belafonte shall be submitting his response to the outrageous and unfounded allegations made by Ms. Brown, which allegations he vehemently denies.
Issues: The estranged former couple at the moment share joint custody of Madison following their acrimonious divorce in late 2017 (pictured in August 2016)
‘When the Court determines the reality, it would develop into clear that this complete charade was nothing greater than a smear marketing campaign meant to cowl up Ms. Brown’s personal conduct through the marriage in mild of her present involvement with a household tv present, and in an effort to unfairly acquire leverage each financially and with respect to custody of the kids.’
‘When the diploma to which Ms. Brown has gone to create a false depiction of her marriage to Mr. Belafonte is uncovered, actual victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse shall be understandably offended, offended and upset.’
‘Mr. Belafonte is assured that the reality will come out when he has his day in court docket at which period he seems to be ahead to being reunited together with his kids.’
Mel beforehand mentioned she’s been combating post-traumatic stress dysfunction since her marriage broke down in 2016.
If you may have been affected by this story, contact Women’s Aid at www.womensaid.org.uk
Family: In addition to Madison, Mel B is a mom to daughters Phoenix, 22, whose father is her first husband Jimmy Gulzar, and Angel, 14, whose father is Hollywood star Eddie Murphy. They are pictured in LA in 2018 together with Belafonte’s grownup daughter Giselle