Mum yelled ‘Stop, get off ’ at Stephen. I can never for­get what I saw next...

Mel B’s daugh­ter on the full, toxic hor­ror of her mother’s mar­riage

The Mail on Sunday - - News - By Padraic Flana­gan

THE daugh­ter of Spice Girl Mel B to­day t ells of t he t rau­matic mo­ment she wit­nessed the bru­tal­ity of her mother’s mar­riage to her step-father Stephen Be­la­fonte – in a scene that hor­ri­fied her.

In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with You mag­a­zine, Phoenix Gulzar- Brown, 19, re­veals de­tails of the singer’s tu­mul­tuous re­la­tion­ship with ex-hus­band Be­la­fonte, and says: ‘There are things I can’t for­get.

‘I was maybe 14 or 15. I was in my bed­room. I could hear them fight­ing.

‘My mum came down­stairs to the kitchen fol­lowed by Stephen. I looked through the crack half­way up the stairs – where I could just see the kitchen – to check if ev­ery­thing was OK, which it was, then re­turned to my room.

‘ I heard more scream­ing and her shout­ing, “Stop, get off”, and heard lit­tle thumps.

‘ I went to the stairs again and saw Stephen with his pants down and my mum pushed over the couch. I froze, but then I just went back [to her room]. This was my fam­ily life.’

Phoenix, 19, is the el­dest of Mel B’s three chil­dren and daugh­ter of her first hus­band, dancer Jimmy Gulzar.

She also re­veals how she was called out of class at her board­ing school in 2014 and driven to a hos­pi­tal where her mother was re­cov­er­ing af­ter an over­dose.

‘I know she was go­ing through hell but I never thought she’d think of leav­ing us,’ says Phoenix.

In her mem­oir Bru­tally Hon­est, Mel B de­tails years of abuse that she says she suf­fered be­fore her ten-year mar­riage to Be­la­fonte ended in divorce last year.

Mel, 43, also talks to You mag­a­zine and, re­flect­ing on the re­la­tion­ship, says: ‘I thought I was in love but it turned out I was in hell.’ Be­la­fonte de­nies her claims.

SO CLOSE: Phoenix with Mel B – above and top left – in their pho­to­shoot for You mag­a­zine. In­set: The Spice Girl with ex-hus­band Stephen Be­la­fonte in 2014

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