Simon Cowell Admits He Pushed Mel B To Leave Abusive Hubby Stephen Belafonte
Music mogul Simon Cowell is sticking by his friend and America’s Got Talent co-star Mel B following her divorce.
The 57-year-old millionaire admits giving the former Spice Girl the push she needed to get rid of her abusive hubby.
Following years of speculation from friends and family, Mel B is finally coming clean about her turbulent marriage.
Cowell has spoken out about what Mel has gone through, describing her as ‘astonishing’.
If you think about what Mel’s done since leaving the Spice Girls and what she’s gone through, how hard she works and how I saw her try to handle this situation, it was astonishing.
Simon speaks fondly of the pop star, who he’s been working with since 2014 on shows like The X Factor.
Going on to tell The Sun, he said,
Yes, she’s under pressure but I think she’s in a good place.
He also mentions Mel handling the death of her father at the same time as her toxic marriage.
It really made me think about her as a person, what she’s achieved as a working mum and how she’s managed to balance everything. I don’t think she gets the recognition she deserves. But I think she is a really, really special person, and I really respect the way she’s dealt with everything.
TMZ have revealed that Simon thought of Belafonte as ‘bad news’ for his co-star Mel, pushing her to leave him.
Yet even though those closest to her voiced their concern, Mel would often make excuses for her injuries.
Following ten years of physical and emotional abuse, including Stephen having an affair with their nanny, Mel B is finally going through with divorce proceedings.
She is citing ‘irreconcilable differences’ in divorce papers.
Mel also has a restraining order on her soon-to-be ex-hubby, who can no longer see their 6-year-old girl, Madison.
Despite Mel’s explicit claims of abuse, Stephen is denying all the allegations.
Calling the claims ‘outrageous’ and ‘unfounded’, Belafonte is now fighting for equal custody over their daughter.
Mel is battling for full custody of Maddie after hearing of Stephen’s illegal possession of a gun.
His previous violence towards women means he is banned from owning a gun, something Mel was unaware of.
Following their split, police arrested Stephen at his Hollywood home for possessing the firearm.
The songstress and mom of three took to Instagram after the news of their divorce broke.
She has since kept a low profile on social media as she deals with the court settlement.
While the divorce proceedings are still ongoing, Mel’s offer of £5 million and a private island may finalise things between the former couple.