IT'S A SCARY WORLD
MELB'S DOSE OF REALITY
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)