I’m thank­ful she’s alive Mel B’s mum tells of re­lief star is ‘fi­nally safe’ af­ter or­der to pay for ex

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY JA­NINE YAQOOB and HALINA WATTS

An­drea Brown made the ex­tra­or­di­nary com­ments as it emerged Mel has been or­dered to pay €35,000 a month to Be­la­fonte by a US court.

That has en­raged Mel’s mum, prompt­ing her to speak out about the cou­ple’s tur­bu­lent re­la­tion­ship which has led to al­le­ga­tions her for­mer son-in­law phys­i­cally and emo­tion­ally abused the 42-year-old singer.

Amer­i­can Be­la­fonte, also 42, has al­ways de­nied claims of do­mes­tic abuse.

An­drea tweeted: “Have 2 b thank­ful my daugh­ter alive af­ter 10yrs of worry she’s finely safe #more im­por­tant than money.”

But she is fu­ri­ous that Mel has been forced to hand money to Be­la­fonte, say­ing: “This would never hap­pen in Eng­land dis­gusted with this news.”


Leeds-born Mel, 42, filed for di­vorce from Be­la­fonte in March, say­ing she had suf­fered “emo­tional and phys­i­cal abuse”.

An LA judge granted film pro­ducer Be­la­fonte’s re­quest for emer­gency spousal sup­port to cover ba­sic ameni­ties in­clud­ing food, hous­ing and phone bills, ac­cord­ing to a US web­site.

This comes de­spite Mel “squan­der­ing” the bulk of her mul­ti­mil­lion euro for­tune dur­ing their 10-year mar­riage.

But Si­mon Cow­ell con­firmed this week Mel’s job on Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent was safe.

Sources also say bosses at NBC have agreed a pay rise for Mel who will now earn €1.5mil­lion per sea­son of the tal­ent show – bring­ing her in line with co-judge Heidi Klum’s pay.

The news will go some way to ease her money wor­ries.

Si­mon hired Mel as an X Fac­tor judge in 2014 be­fore her move to AGT.

Speak­ing at his record com­pany’s sum­mer party this week, Si­mon, 57, praised the star for her show of strength dur­ing her bit­ter di­vorce bat­tle.

He said: “She was soak­ing it all up. She only told me about it two days be­fore she served the di­vorce pa­pers.

“I didn’t know this was go­ing on – and her dad had also just passed away. She is amaz­ing. No drama, noth­ing.”

Si­mon, who judges with Mel on Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent, added the mum of three does not re­ceive as much recog­ni­tion as the other Spice Girls.

He said: “She is the one who hasn’t had the credit com­pared to the other Spice Girls. She needs some­thing like a strong woman role model award be­cause Vic­to­ria is get­ting all the credit.”

Two months ago it was re­ported that Bruises, cir­cled, on show in 2014 in a bust-up be­fore the 2014 X Fac­tor fi­nal, film pro­ducer Be­la­fonte, her hus­band of 10 years, had wrongly ac­cused her of hav­ing an af­fair with Si­mon. The spat is al­leged to have hap­pened be­fore Mel made an ap­pear­ance on the ITV show cov­ered in bruises. Be­la­fonte has Boss Cow­ell Mel and mum a daugh­ter, Madi­son, six, with Mel. Their for­mer nanny Lor­raine Gilles, 27, has de­nied claims of an af­fair with him.

Last week, the Sun­day Mir­ror told how the singer had asked Si­mon to re­as­sure her she has a long-term job on AGT be­cause she was only con­tracted for an­other year. She has also asked friends to help her raise €1.5mil­lion to buy a new home in Amer­ica. Now Si­mon has se­cured her po­si­tion on the hit show, in­sist­ing he won’t be chang­ing any of his pan­el­lists in Britain and Amer­ica.

At the Syco sum­mer soiree in Lon­don this week, he said: “The whole Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent

Mel B & Be­la­fonte last year be­fore their bit­ter split panel, Mel, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel, they are bril­liant. Now, as with Britain’s Got Tal­ent and X Fac­tor, there is no point in chang­ing it, you’re not go­ing to get bet­ter than that.” ja­nine.yaqoob@trin­i­tymir­ror.com



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