My ‘abu­sive’ 10 -year mar­riage

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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

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