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Mel B makes first public appearance since filing for divorce

Gemma Strong

Mel B has made her first public appearance since filing for divorce from husband Stephen Belafonte after ten years of marriage. The 41-year-old stole the show as she arrived for the season 12 launch of America's Got Talent in Pasadena, California, on Monday. Former Spice Girls star Mel opted for a plunging metallic gold and silver Nadine Merabi jumpsuit, which she teamed with black heels and large hoop earrings. Noticeably absent was her wedding ring.

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America's Got Talent judge Mel B has made her first public appearance since filing for divorce

It was revealed last week that Mel had filed for divorce from 41-year-old Stephen, a few months shy of their ten-year wedding anniversary. The couple married in secret in June 2007 in Las Vegas, just five months after they started dating. In her divorce papers, Mel listed the date of their separation as 28 December 2016. She requested joint legal and physical custody of their five-year-old daughter Madison Brown Belafonte. In addition, the singer – who is also a mum to 18-year-old Phoenix from her relationship with dancer Jimmy Gulzar and nine-year-old Angel, whose father is Eddie Murphy - asked the court to terminate spousal support to Stephen.

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News of the couple's split came just two weeks after Mel announced the death of her father, Martin Brown. The star took to Instagram to share the sad news, posting a black and white photo of her and her sister Danielle holding hands with their dad. "It is with great sadness after a 5 yr battle to multiple myeloma cancer our loving father Martin Brown passed away age 63 peacefully yesterday," Mel wrote alongside. "Both of us his children were by his side and would like to say thank you to St Gemma's and all the doctors and nurses for their amazing care and support over the years. Please respect our privacy and let us as a united family grieve. With love and respect. Melanie and Danielle Brown." She concluded the message by writing: "Be Free Dad."

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