Mel B is entering rehab for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the singer has confirmed.
The Spice Girls member said in a statement that the last six months have been “incredibly difficult” for her, with her turning to alcohol “to numb [the] pain.”
She cited her reasons for seeking treatment as her divorce from film producer Stephen Belafonte and the death of her father. “Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel,” she said. “But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol – it is underneath all that.”
She continued: “No one knows myself better than I do. But I am dealing with it. I love my three girls more than life itself.”
Mel B said she was speaking out about her diagnosis with PTSD because it is a “huge issue” for many people. “If I can shine a light on the issue of pain, PTSD and the things men and women do to mask it, I will do,” she said.
The singer had been involved in a legal battle with her ex-husband, who she claimed was abusive towards her and had threatened to release a sex tape in an attempt to destroy her career. Belafonte’s legal team said her allegations were “outrageous and unfounded.”
A US judge dismissed the claims, ordering her to pay Belafonte £270,000 in legal fees and over £3,000 a month in child support payments.
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Her mother posted a screenshot of a text message on Twitter, asking her followers not to judge her daughter for seeking treatment. “I’m so proud of my daughter,” she wrote. “She has the courage to face her demons head on and deal with them. I know what hell she has been through and I know what trauma she has suffered and still suffers.
“Do not judge because so many people have PTSD and try and numb the pain any way they can.”
Meanwhile, the singer has insisted the Spice Girls rumoured reunion tour is happening, despite Victoria Beckham stating otherwise.
During an appearance on Loose Women, Scary Spice said: “For sure, we are getting back together. We’re sisters at the end of the day and what we went through was quite an amazing, brilliant journey, so we’re together – we’re back together.”