Still Scary after all these years
Former Spice Girl Melanie Brown has her own reality TV show
THEY don’t shoot much straighter than Melanie Brown. It’s why Brown, worldrenowned as the Spice Girls’ ‘‘ Scary Spice’’, decided to film her own reality show.
‘‘ So much incorrect information and gossip is printed about you when you are a celebrity, this is one way to sort of set the record straight,’’ Brown says.
‘‘ I am a straight shooter, and what you see on the show is how we really are at my house. I wanted to be really honest with viewers, otherwise what is the point?’’
Brown’s home life has had more than its share of drama.
She made headlines when a romance with comedian Eddie Murphy went pear-shaped and he denied the paternity of their child, Angel.
This year has seen rumours in the UK press about marriage turmoil with husband, music producer Stephen Belafonte, 35, whom she married just months after Angel’s birth in 2007.
‘‘ Stephen and I were best friends for eight years before we even entertained something more, you know?’’ Brown says.
‘‘ One night after dinner, he moved in for a kiss and I was taken totally by surprise. We took some time to consider the next steps and then everything just sort of happened naturally.
‘‘ He does my head in sometimes, but I love him to bits. ’’
Brown and Belafonte share a $3 million mansion in California’s San Fernando Valley with Angel, Phoenix (Brown’s daughter by ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar) and Giselle (Belafonte’s daughter Nicole Contreras).
Is it hard having kids from different exes under the one roof?
‘‘ It is not an issue here,’’ she says. ‘‘ They all live by the same rules and they all get the same love and support. Phoenix has known Stephen since three years of age, so it was not a huge transition when Stephen and I married.
‘‘ I believe in total freedom of expression (for the children). But first you get your education. That means my kids do their schoolwork first, play second.’’
Brown was part of Spice Girls, the world’s biggest pop group, for six years.
She followed up with a runner-up role on the US version of Dancing with the Stars, released a fitness video, wrote an autobiography and acted in a UK soap and theatrical productions on Broadway and in Las Vegas.
She divides her time between the UK and the US.
‘‘ I came here (US) six years ago on holiday and loved the place — the energy, the weather,’’ she says.
So apart from her reality series, Mel B: It’s a Scary World, what’s next for Brown?
‘‘ I have an album coming out in 2011.
‘‘ I am working on a clothing line and I’ll get that next book started soon.’’
And she’s also open to another Spice Girls tour. ‘‘ Sure, I love the girls,’’ she says. ‘‘ I love to work and I love the money, honey! Seriously, the Spice Girls are a big part of my life and I am grateful for that experience. If people want more and we are able to pull it together, you can count me in.’’ Mel B: It’s a Scary World, The Style Network, Tuesday,
Reality: Melanie Brown is happy living in Los Angeles.