5 Mel’s At­tempted Sui­cide

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IN an ex­cerpt of her new mem­oir,

Bru­tally Hon­est,

Mel B de­scribed the emo­tional mo­ment she de­cided to end her life to es­cape her tu­mul­tuous re­la­tion­ship from her then­hus­band, Stephen Be­la­fonte. “Here I am, 39 years of age, star­ing in a mir­ror in the en suite bath­room of my rented house in Kens­ing­ton, Lon­don, hold­ing an open bot­tle of aspirin from the stash I’ve stock­piled over the years, putting one pill after an­other into my mouth,” Mel wrote. “Be­hind the glit­ter of fame, I felt emo­tion­ally bat­tered, es­tranged from my fam­ily. I felt ugly and de­tested by the very man who once promised to love and pro­tect me, my hus­band and man­ager Stephen,” she added. Mel shared how she ‘wrote fran­tic, dis­jointed notes’ for her el­dest daugh­ter, Phoenix, now 19, but kept tak­ing more pills. “One hun­dred and 20. ‘Are you sure?’ 150. ‘Are you sure?’ Two hun­dred. ‘Now what’s go­ing to hap­pen, Melanie?

STOP!’…As soon as I’d swal­lowed that last pill, I knew I didn’t want to go any­where. ‘Melanie!

What the f*** are you do­ing? Get a grip!’” she re­called. Mel then ex­plained that she fran­ti­cally tried to get out of her bath­room, and tried to break down the door us­ing her body. She was later taken to hos­pi­tal, and de­spite be­ing cov­ered in bruises and suf­fer­ing liver and kid­ney dam­age from her at­tempted over­dose, she wanted to take her place on the judges’ panel for the live fi­nal of

The X Fac­tor. At the time, fans were wor­ried about the singer’s health as she ap­peared con­fused through­out. Mel and Stephen mar­ried in June 2007 and filed for di­vorce in March 2017.

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