Phoenix confronted me after suicide attempt
Mel sparked concern in 2014 when she appeared on the live X Factor semi-final with bruises on her face and arms and minus her wedding ring. The singer had attempted to take her own life just three days earlier, swallowing 200 painkillers. ‘Behind the glitter of fame, I felt emotionally battered,’ she says. ‘I felt ugly and detested by the very man who once promised to love and protect me.’ Mel says she wrote a suicide note to her daughter Phoenix, but then realised she didn’t want to die. As she tried to make her way to the hospital, Mel found herself ‘crashing’ into the door, which caused the bruising. She woke up in hospital to Phoenix raging, ‘Why, Mum? Why? Why?’ ‘It was the saddest moment of my life,’ recalls the singer.