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Since they announced their intention to divorce this year, the cracks in Mel B and Stephen Belafonte's marriage have been on full display for both the press and public.

Following claims of physical and mental abuse by the former Spice Girl, Stephen has now alleged that his estranged wife suffered from alcohol and drug addiction – claims which were heard by an LA court earlier this week.

At the time of Mel's allegations, representatives from Stephen’s legal team announced they would be responding in due course, having strenuously denied the claims..

"It's a shame that Ms Brown elected not to proceed in a respectful and amicable fashion in this very private matter," a statement read.

"In due course, Mr Belafonte will be filing his response to the outrageous and unfounded allegations made by Ms Brown, which allegations he vehemently denies."

And this week, the 42-year-old Hollywood producer claimed that he feared for the safety of  his family due to Mel's reliance on alcohol and cocaine.

"The biggest reason for my concern with respect to the safety of the children was due to (Brown’s) habitual and consistent addiction to and abuse of cocaine and alcohol,”  Stephen wrote.

“(Her) drinking and drug abuse had been a major issue throughout our marriage, and was witnessed by the nanny, the children, and her own therapist.

“Simply put, this was a constant problem and issue in our marriage," he added.

The claims come ahead of a voluntary settlement conference scheduled for September 15.

The couple, who have been married since 2007 share one daughter, Maddison, together.


Mel B and her husband, Stephen Belafonte, have been hit with numerous rumours that they're heading for a split in the past couple of years, but with an interview with OK, Mel says that's far from the truth.

As her tenth wedding anniversary is next year, the singer hinted that she might renew her vows.

When asked about the rumours, she said: Well it's my 9th anniversary this year, it's the 10th next year, so I don't know. We'll see."

Scary Spice's comments comes after she had previously set the rumour mill into overdrive by suggesting that she'll wed Stephen again.

"Stephen is a bit crazy, but then I am a bit crazy so it kind of evens itself out. Actually, we are talking about renewing our vows," she told The Mirror.

If this does go through, we wonder if ALL the Spice Girls will attend – now that would be some event.



OK, so it's safe to say that Niall Horan is a guy who's has some pretty impressive contacts.

If he's not hanging out with Katy Perry, he's being linked to Ariana Grande.

Then there are his social media snaps with the likes of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood (standard), Chris Brown (yup), Emma Roberts (natch), Kendall Jenner (basic), Ed Sheeran (but of course) and Demi Lovato (no surprise there).

Still, it seems there is no end to Mr Horan's impressive list of celebrity mates. 

Indeed, early this morning he took to Instagram to share a snap of him and… former Liverpool star Steven Gerrard. 

And it's not like the duo merely bumped into each other. Nope; the One Directioner is in Los Angeles and made sure to swing by Steven's sweet new €25m gaff (yeah, we'd make sure to visit too if we could).


Great to see @stevengerrard , Alex and the girls today! What a great guy he is ..

A photo posted by Niall horan (@niallhoran) on

Making his debut on July 18, Mr Gerrard, 35, only recently made the move Stateside having singed a lucrative contract with LA Galaxy.

He is joined in LA by his wife, Alex, and their three daughters: Lilly-Ella, 11, Lexie, nine, and Lourdes, four.

The couple's new 90210 abode – which is being paid for by his club – reportedly has six bedrooms and eight bathrooms as well as breathtaking views of the city.

Meanwhile, One Direction play a San Diego stadium this evening as part of their On The Road Again tour. They then move on to San Francisco and Seattle, before going to Canada.

Mullingar-man Niall isn't the only band-member with unexpected buddies, though. Indeed, Harry Styles and none-other than Stephen Belafonte (aka Mel B's husband) were also hanging out in LA last night. 

Mr Belafonte even posted a video of the pair, saying that they were "back in action baby," – although Harry points out in the same clip that they are also "in a toilet".


@officialmelb me and @harrystyles are back in action!! #lookout

A video posted by Stephen Belafonte (@stephenthinks11) on



It has been a stressful time for Mel B, with allegations of domestic abuse being levelled against her husband, Stephen Belafonte, since that X Factor debacle.

Now, the star has had to speak out on yet another rumour – that Belafonte held her hostage in their London home, forcing her to miss the first of the X Factor final shows.

Taking to Twitter to address the rumour, the star wrote: “Pls [sic] don’t believe what you read, it’s all lies, lies, lies as usual.”

The latest rumour details how Belafonte wouldn't let Mel leave their home, with reports now claiming that he is set to face police questioning over the incident.

Local police said: “Police in Kensington and Chelsea borough are investigating an allegation of false imprisonment. The allegation was reported on Monday December 15.”

While Mel had been ruled out of the final shows due to a mystery illness, she appeared on the very last show of the series minus her wedding ring, and sporting what appeared to be bruises on her face and arms.

While it seems that only Mel and Stephen know the truth about what really happened here, we certainly hope she is okay.



Following the drama that unfolded for Mel B and her husband of seven years, Stephen Belafonte during the final week of The X Factor just before Christmas, it's no wonder that fans were alarmed to hear that Stephen had been rushed to a hospital in LA by wife recently. 

When allegations about domestic abuse came out after Mel was rushed to hospital during the final week of the talent show, it wasn’t until Christmas that she addressed them, taking to Instagram and writing: “For the record my hubby would never lay a hand on me.”

Now, more drama is in store for the family as it has been reported that Mel B had to rush her husband to hospital in LA on Tuesday morning. 

According to Gossip Cop, the reason behind the hospital visit was severe back pain and Stephen himself took to Twitter to explain that he had managed to put his back out. 

Mel B’s mum and sister hit the headlines following her stint in hospital, tweeting their frustration at not knowing if Mel was okay, confirming a very large rift in the family. 


Back in December, things looked rocky between Mel B and husband Stephen Belafonte, but now the couple have made a public show of solidarity for the media.

Over the weekend, Mel and Stephen appeared in public for the first time since rumours of their rocky marriage exploded in the media.

The speculation began in December when Mel missed out on one of the final X Factor shows due to a stint in hospital – believed to have been linked to an accidental overdose. After being released, the star apparently refused to stay at the couple's London home amid reports of domestic abuse.

These reports were strongly denied by Stephen, and later by Mel, but rumours of a split or divorce still continued.

Now though, the pair seem keen to play happy families again, walking the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of Paddington with their family. Mel and Stephen linked arms as they posed with daughter Madison, 3, and Mel's other girls, Angel, 6 and Phoenix, 15.

The former Spice Girls singer has been determined to make it clear on social media that things are solid between the pair. At the end of last month she tweeted to say, "For the record my hubby never would lay a hand on me sorry took so long but any response fuels rumours #lovemyfamily #lovemyfans."

Mel has also been posting a number of smiling couple selfies, including this one last week:

We're glad to see the couple are doing well again.


Viewers and fans were left worried during the recent final of The X Factor, when Mel B failed to make the Saturday night show after being hospitalised for an unexplained reason.

The singer returned to air for the Sunday night final but kept quiet about what had happened. Now though, it's been revealed that Mel's hospital trip was apparently due to an accidental overdose.

The star reportedly reacted badly to a dangerous combination of alcohol and tranquillisers, and was admitted to hospital as a result.

The revelation comes after a difficult week for Mel, during which she reportedly walked out on her husband Stephen Belafonte after a fraught few weeks.

There was some speculation about domestic abuse, though Stephen took to Twitter to angrily deny this allegation.

A source close to Mel said that she had been struggling to cope with the pressure of moving back to London, but that the accidental overdose was not a suicide attempt. The singer "mixed tranquilizers, including Xanax, with alcohol," the insider told Radar Online.

"It was absolutely accidental, and not intentional. She wasn’t suicidal, but the pressure of being back in London brought a lot of unresolved issues to the surface concerning being estranged from mother, Andrea [Faustini, Mel's X Factor finalist], and the rest of her family," said the source.

Stephen has reportedly flown to Los Angeles with the couple's 3-year-old daughter Madison, while Mel remains in the UK.



It has been one hell of a dramatic week for Mel B. While we still don’t know the truth about this “mystery illness” she was diagnosed with last week, her family are very publicly at odds with her husband.

While Mel has yet to address the rumours surrounding the state of her marriage to Stephen Belafonte, her mother Andrea has sparked fresh concerns with a series of worrying tweets.

Andrea, who shared her deep concern over Mel’s welfare on Twitter last week, took to her social media page to slam Belafonte for his ‘abusive’ behaviour towards her.

“Little good newa 4 [sic] me lost half a stone in 1 week [and] will never suffer a vile abusive 3am call from Stephen Belfonte again!!” she tweeted.

In another rather worrying tweet, she wrote: “On average it takes 30 beating 4 [sic] a woman to leave [an] abusive man, how sad, more should be done 4 these victims!!”

Stephen has publicly denied accusations that he had something to do with the bruises on Mel’s face and arms during the X Factor final on Sunday night.

Mel has yet to make an official statement, and we’re wondering how long it will be before she eventually has to speak out about the rumours. 



This year’s Celebrity Big Brother is set to be an absolute cracker, if the line-up rumours are anything to go by.

First, it was claimed that Katie Price would be entering along with exes Alex Reid,  Dwight Yorke and Gareth Gates; now, rumour has it that Mel B’s sister Danielle Brown is set to sign on for the show

If her latest tweets and her controversial history with Mel are anything to by, Danielle’s appearance will make for compelling viewing.

The actress has been pretty much estranged from her famous sister for the past few years, since Mel’s marriage to Stephen Belafonte, with claims that the Brown family do not approve of the business man.

Danielle came back into the spotlight last week after news of Mel B’s ‘mystery illness’ emerged, and she didn’t hold back when it came to publicly accusing Belafonte of having a hand in her X Factor no-show.

“STOP @stephenthnks1 [Belafonte] with your evil lies!! You told me and my mum yesterday she is fine and not in hospital @SimonCowell just doing press!” she tweeted.

If she decides to tell her story in the Big Brother house, there is no doubt that Danielle will make for an amazing housemate.


It's been a long week for X Factor judge Mel B, and it seems things are only getting worse after a series of dramatic events with her husband Stephen Belafonte.

The singer was admitted to hospital on Thursday of last week, with a mystery illness that caused her to miss Saturday night's X Factor semi-final. On her return to the show the following evening, viewers expressed concern about what appeared to be visible scratches and bruises on Mel's arms and face, and the fact that she was not wearing her wedding ring.

Stephen quickly took to Twitter yesterday to deny he had anything to do with Mel's illness or apparent injuries – but it seems the seven-year marriage is not as solid as it was once was. Mel did not return to the couple's rented London home after being discharged from hospital over the weekend, and she has reportedly opened up to friends about the rocky relationship.

"The marriage really is at breaking point and hanging by a thread. Mel is incredibly fragile and in a bad place," a friend said. "At the moment it’s not looking good at all… But Mel and Stephen are so unpredictable they could just as easily survive this," added the insider.

Although Mel has remained quiet on social media about her relationship issues, she did address them in a recent magazine interview. The singer appears on the cover of the current issue of Grazia, but she reportedly turned up late to the photo shoot due to a row with Stephen. "I walked in pi**ed off because I had a big row with my husband about stupid stuff. Sometimes he pi**es me off like no other, but he gets me," she told the magazine.

Despite their apparent marriage troubles, in the past Mel has always seemed very positive about her relationship with Stephen, describing him as her "rock" and an "amazing man" in a recent interview with The Guardian.

We hope Mel's doing okay.



Mel B’s husband Stephen Belafonte has taken to Twitter to deny allegations that he abused his wife. Speculation began last night when, after a stint in hospital, Mel B returned to her judge's seat on The X Factor panel.

Many people on Twitter began to speculate on apparent bruises that Mel B had, as well as the fact that she did not appear to be wearing her wedding ring. Questions also rose due to the fact that Mel’s sister, Danielle, yesterday wrote to Stephen on Twitter, asking: “What have you done?”

Now, the former Spice Girls’ husband has taken to Twitter to defend himself against the allegations, writing: “Idon’t usually respond to Twitter msgs but I will respond to comments of hitting my wife which I think are quite disgusting un true!” [sic]

He also called out those who accused him of such behaviour, saying: “Mel was very ill a bung of doctors helped her get better if fans can’t relax B4 being negative they r not real fans of @OfficialMeB.” [sic]

Mel herself has not responded to any rumours on her social media channels as of yet. 



While X Factor judge Mel B may be down with the kids and know everyone there is to know on the music scene, the same definitely can’t be said for her 40-year-old husband Stephen Belafonte.

Accompanying his wife to the Cosmopolitan Ultimate Women of the Year awards this week, the producer and director decided to cosy up with Ellie Goulding for a quick selfie, post the snap on Twitter and Instagram and gush: “Me and @elliegoulding getting our innocent flirt on!! #funcelebs.”

This would be totally fine if it was actually Ellie he was posing with, but it wasn’t. It was X Factor finalist and Ghost singer Ella Henderson. Starry Eyed singer Ellie Goulding wasn’t even at the event. Facepalm.

The oblivious Stephen was alerted to his mistake by ever-vigilant Twitter users who were quick to label the post ‘awks!’ and ‘cringe!’ and even more embarrassingly, Stephen was forced to use the age-old predictive text excuse, saying; “Damn u iPhone!" Good save Stephen, good save.

We wonder what Mel will have to say about her husband’s embarrassing granddad blunder.