Friday 14 December 2018

'The past six months have been incredibly difficult' - Mel B to check into rehab following death of her father, messy divorce, and financial troubles

Mel B has finalised her divorce from Stephen Belafonte, bringing an end to a bitter battle (PA Wire/PA)
Mel B has finalised her divorce from Stephen Belafonte, bringing an end to a bitter battle (PA Wire/PA)

Mel B is to check into rehab after reaching "crisis point".

The 'America's Got Talent' judge - who has children Phoenix, 19, Angel, 11, and six-year-old Madison from previous relationships - is planning to enter a British facility in the next few weeks to get help after being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) .

The former Spice Girl  admitted she had been drinking heavily following a turbulent period in her life, including the death of her father Martin Brown and her split and subsequent messy divorce battle from Stephen Belafonte, who she accused of being abusive.

She told The Sun on Sunday newspaper: "The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me. I've been working with a writer on my book, 'Brutally Honest', and it has been unbelievably traumatic reliving an emotionally abusive relationship and confronting so many massive issues in my life from the death of my dad to my relationship with men.

Mel B and Stephen Belafonte have finalised their divorce (Ian West/PA)
Mel B and Stephen Belafonte have finalised their divorce (Ian West/PA)

"I've also been through more than a year of court battles which have left me financially battered and at the mercy of the legal system, which is completely weighted against emotionally abused women because it's very hard to prove how someone took away all your self-respect and self-worth.

"I am being very honest in my book about drinking to numb my pain but that is just a way a lot of people mask what is really going on.

"Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel. But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol - it is underneath all that...

"I am fully aware I am at a crisis point. No-one knows myself better than I do. But I am dealing with it."

The America's Got Talent judge said she will attend a rehab facility in the UK and hopes to work through her PTSD.  She has also started a new therapy called eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) designed to treat PTSD and she said she feels it is helping.

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