My ‘abusive’ 10 -year marriage
She filed for divorce from music producer Stephen Belafonte, 43, in March 2017, citing ‘irreconcilable differences’, and in her book, Mel tells of how Stephen controlled her by checking her emails and keeping them in ‘permanent darkness’, which she says ‘felt like neurotic claustrophobia’.
In response, Mel would drink vodka and binge on cocaine, but if Stephen found out she’d been using, all hell would break loose.‘it was up to him whether I was a piece of s**t that day, a goddess or a w***e,’ she writes.
The singer says her ex accused her of sleeping with Simon Cowell, but when she vowed to leave him after trying to commit suicide, she was told by advisors she would risk losing custody of her daughters.
It was her father’s death from cancer in 2017 that finally gave Mel the ‘strength’ to end her marriage to Stephen.
With daughters Phoenix, Madison and Angel
According to both Mel and Phoenix, Stephen was a nightmare