Mel B reveals agony at being separated from her youngest daughter Madison, 12, ... trends now

Mel B reveals agony at being separated from her youngest daughter Madison, 12, ... trends now
Mel B reveals agony at being separated from her youngest daughter Madison, 12, ... trends now

Mel B reveals agony at being separated from her youngest daughter Madison, 12, ... trends now

Mel B has revealed her agony over being separated from her youngest daughter Madison, 12, after her split from ex-husband Stephen Belafonte.

The singer, 48, returned to her native Leeds in 2019 after she walked away from her marriage to Belafonte.

The Spice Girl star was forced to move back in with her mother Andrea as she endured financial difficulties amid her divorce.

After a lengthy custody hearing, US courts ruled Madison must live with her father as she is an American citizen. Belafonte also has a 19-year-old daughter named Gisele.

Speaking to The Sun, Mel said: 'It is like having an arm cut off. She is my baby. I have spent a fortune on legal battles but at least she spends big chunks of time here.

Mel B has revealed her agony over being separated from her youngest daughter Madison, 12, (centre) after her split from ex-husband Stephen Belafonte (pictured with daughter Phoenix)

Mel B has revealed her agony over being separated from her youngest daughter Madison, 12, (centre) after her split from ex-husband Stephen Belafonte (pictured with daughter Phoenix) 

The singer, 48, returned to her native Leeds in 2019 after she walked away from her marriage to Belafonte (pictured together in 2016)

The singer, 48, returned to her native Leeds in 2019 after she walked away from her marriage to Belafonte (pictured together in 2016) 

'In the eyes of the court I'm the big earner and have to pay his court fees as well as my own.

'I've been campaigning through my work on behalf of Women's Aid for the court system to better understand financial abuse.'

Mel is also mother to Phoenix, 25, from a past relationship with dancer Jimmy Gulza and Angel, 16, from a romance with Eddie Murphy. 

Mel revealed she was only left with £700 to her name and secretly shopped in Lidl to make ends meet after leaving her 'abusive' ex husband Stephen Belafonte.

The singer said the millions she made as part of the Spice Girls had dwindled down to just a few hundred after she walked away from her marriage to Stephen in 2018. 

Over the years, Mel B, who was reported to boast a $30million net worth at the height of her fame, has accused him of physical, emotional, and financial abuse, claims he denies.

Mel said she would bulk buy on visits to Lidl and Costco and moved into her mother's bungalow in Leeds while facing hefty legal fees amid their divorce battle. 

It was a far cry from her Los Angeles lifestyle, where she says she completely lost control of her huge fortune.

The Spice Girl star was forced to move back in with her mother Andrea as she endured financial difficulties amid her divorce (pictured in November 2023)

The Spice Girl star was forced to move back in with her mother Andrea as she endured financial difficulties amid her divorce (pictured in November 2023) 

Mel is also mother to Phoenix, 25, (left) from a past relationship with dancer Jimmy Gulza and Angel, 16, (right) from a romance with Eddie Murphy (pictured in 2015)

Mel is also mother to Phoenix, 25, (left) from a past relationship with dancer Jimmy Gulza and Angel, 16, (right) from a romance with Eddie Murphy (pictured in 2015) 

'In LA I hadn’t bought a pint of milk in years. But back home I would buy in bulk from Costco and got really into shopping in Lidl and Aldi,' Melanie told The Sun. 

'It was Covid times and I would put on my face mask and no one would recognise me. I stood in a queue for the first time in a long time. No one batted an eyelid.'

The media personality learned to budget for herself once again and spent what money she had more wisely, saying she saw it as taking back her power after being in an abusive relationship.

She said of the dark period in her life which was plagued by financial stress: 'People will assume, "She’s rich, she’s a Spice Girl". But I went from performing to thousands at Wembley on the Spice Girls’ 13-date Reunion Tour in 2019 to squeezing into my mum’s with my kids sleeping in bed with me.

'I didn’t expect that to happen in my 40s after a successful career but I had nowhere else to go because I was so badly affected financially from my relationship, I had to pick up the pieces.'

Mel spent five years saving and moved into a converted farmhouse in West Yorkshire this month. 

Mel said the millions she made as part of the Spice Girls had dwindled down to just a few hundred after she walked away from her marriage to Stephen in 2018

Mel said the millions she made as part of the Spice Girls had dwindled down to just a few hundred after she walked away

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