Who is Mel B? Former Spice Girl Hollywood ex, bankruptcy and heartache

Since becoming an international celebrity as one of the Spice Girls, Mel B – aka Scary Spice – has enjoyed a long television career.

After the band split in 2000, Mel, whose full name is Melanie Brown, released a solo album that went to number one.

The 46-year-old has three children, including Phoenix, 22, whom she shares with her ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar.

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She shares daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown, 14, with Hollywood actor Eddie Murphy, and youngest child Madison, 10, with ex-husband Stephen Belafonte.

Mel B entered the fifth round of the American dance competition Dancing with the Stars in 2007, and later became a judge on the Australian and British versions of The X Factor.

While living in America, Mel B fell in love with movie star Eddie Murphy.

The two met in 2006 at a party in Beverly Hills after the actor’s divorce from ex-wife Nicole Mitchell.

Writing in his 2018 memoir, Brutally Honest, Mel said: “It was as if an electric current of 2,000 volts had passed between us.”

She soon became pregnant with Angel but their romance started to fade, and in December 2006 Eddie claimed he wasn’t even sure the unborn child was his.

The Nutty Professor star told a reporter, “I don’t know who this child belongs to until he comes out and takes a blood test. You shouldn’t jump to conclusions, sir.”

Two months later, on June 22, Mel announced that a DNA test had confirmed that Eddie was Angel’s father.

Mel had to return to live with her mother in 2019 after being “on the verge of bankruptcy”, but the Mirror reported in March this year that the singer was “almost a millionaire” again.

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