Another celebrity couple is headed to divorce court: Spice Girl Mel B, otherwise known as Melanie Brown, is divorcing husband Stephen Belafonte after a decade of marriage.
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According to People Magazine, who was able to obtain the divorce papers, it appears that the former Spice Girl has been separated from Belafonte since late December 2016. Adding further interest, the divorce papers state she is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Madison, but is requesting the ability for the court to award spousal support. These papers indicate that there is the potential for an amicable split, if we are to glean from these actions some level of sensibility in separation. That said, no official comment has been issued from Brown or Belafonte, so it’s unclear what either party is feeling about this situation.
Over the last decade, Brown and Belafonte have weathered a fair amount of good times and bad. There were unsubstantiated rumors of abuse that circulated in 2014 when Brown missed out on a few of her X-Factor UK commitments. When she showed up to work, allegedly appearing a bit worse for wear, the rumors began. Both Belafonte and Brown vehemently denied these rumors.
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Additionally, the couple married in secret in Las Vegas in 2007. This allegedly caused a rift between Brown and her family, who reportedly did not like Belafonte. Given this information, Us Magazine speculates that the recent death of Brown’s father has led to her reconciling with her family and this reconciliation has possibly contributed to her separation and subsequent divorce from Belafonte.
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With no official statement given and the appearance of a relatively amicable split, let’s hope that there’s only better times ahead for Brown and Belafonte as they go their separate ways.