IT'S A SCARY WORLD

MELB'S DOSE OF RE­AL­ITY

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Fam­ily fun: Mel B lets loose with her near­est and dear­est, hus­band Stephen and daugh­ters An­gel, 3, and 11-year-old Phoenix. ★★★ RATED PG SUM­MARY The hec­tic re­al­ity of Mel B’s pro­fes­sional and pri­vate lives are re­vealed in It’s a Scary World. With her film pro­ducer hus­band and two daugh­ters, Scary Spice shows us where her life’s re­ally at, in spite of what the tabloids may have you think.

‘ I t’s about set­ting the record straight,” says Mel B ( AKA Melanie Brown, AKA Scary Spice) of It’s a Scary World, the new re­al­ity-TV show doc­u­ment­ing the hec­tic life and times of the for­mer Spice Girl.

Af­ter all, the tabloids and gos­sip web­sites have had a field day with Mel’s pri­vate life in re­cent years, so she fig­ured it was time to let the pub­lic know that she’s your typ­i­cal work­ing mum, al­beit one who hosts TV pro­grams and per­forms live in Las Ve­gas.

The re­sult is It’s a Scary World, which goes in­side the Los An­ge­les home she shares with her hus­band, film pro­ducer Stephen Be­la­fonte, and two daugh­ters, 11-year-old Phoenix and three-year-old An­gel.

From the ev­ery­day fam­ily stuff ( school runs and swim­ming lessons) to the fast pace of ca­reers in the en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try, the show cov­ers it all. And while Mel is used to life in the spot­light, thanks to her time with ul­tra-pop­u­lar ’ 90s pop group the Spice Girls, it was a new ex­pe­ri­ence for the rest of the fam­ily.

How­ever, she ad­mits with a laugh, they’re the ones who re­ally em­braced it.

“ They liked it more than I did!” she said. “ I’m used to it, so for me it wasn’t a big step. But it was ac­tu­ally quite easy for all of us, to be hon­est – the kids thor­oughly en­joyed it.”

In open­ing their lives up for the world to see, Mel had only one stip­u­la­tion – she wanted It’s a Scary World to be real, even if what it pre­sented some­times cut a lit­tle close to the bone.

“ We de­cided if we were go­ing to do it we were just go­ing to show life how it is and that means, fam­ily ther­apy, date night, ar­gu­ments, tears – we showed ev­ery­thing,” she said. “ We wanted to make sure we’re giv­ing you guys the ac­tual facts about all our fam­ily and what our lives are.”

Brown: ” At the end of the day I’m a busy work­ing mum, and I bal­ance moth­er­hood and mar­ried life with my ca­reer … I love it all.”

For­tu­nately, with Stephen’s show­biz back­ground and Phoenix and An­gel clearly in­her­it­ing their mum’s flair for the the­atri­cal ( check out An­gel’s mo­hawk!), there’s al­ways plenty for the cam­eras to catch.

“ It’s not like we had to make any­thing up or we had to act. I just wanted to make sure that ev­ery­one was hon­est and real and not edit­ing them­selves, and as the show goes on you’ll see that no one is,” she laughed. “ They’re all very hon­est!” While the 10-episode run of It’s a Scary

World does fo­cus on Mel rais­ing her daugh­ters (“ my kids come out with things ev­ery sin­gle day that make me laugh or make me think twice, so even though you’re teach­ing your kids you learn from them too”), it also shows her hard at work at her nu­mer­ous jobs, in­clud­ing record­ing a new solo al­bum.

“ At the end of the day I’m a busy work­ing mum, and I bal­ance moth­er­hood and mar­ried life with my ca­reer,” she said. “ I love it all. My life is as hec­tic as it ever was when I was with the Spice Girls, just in a dif­fer­ent way.”

Still, even Scary Spice has to slow down ev­ery once in a while.

“ Oh, yeah, we have days where we just stay in our py­ja­mas and watch TV,” she smiled. “ We call that Sod-It Sun­day.”

It’s a Scary World, airs 8.30pm Tues­day on The Style Net­work ( pay-TV)

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