On Saturday, news broke that former Spice Girl Mel B has been ordered by an LA judge to pay her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte £30,553 a month to cover his living costs, until a divorce settlement is reached. Now Mel’s mum Andrea Brown has taken to her Twitter page to vent her views on the court decision, and she’s not happy.
Mel and her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte
Retweeting the original news story by TMZ, Andrea wrote: “This would never happen in England, disgusted with this news.” The following day, the star’s mum posted another message which read: “Have 2 b thankful my daughter alive, after 10yrs of worry she’s finally safe#more important than money.”
In April, Mel filed a restraining order against Stephen, with whom she shares daughter Madison, age five. Mel alleged a litany of abuse had taken place throughout their marriage. The singer explained she had tried to leave her partner on a number of occasions. She said: "[He] threatened me with violence and threatened to destroy my life in every possible way."
However, on Saturday, the Mail Online reported that court documents showed Mel’s allegations and Stephen’s denial could not be counted as evidence when making a decision on spousal support. The judge also ruled that Mel pay £106,935 for Stephen’s legal fees.
Mel will surely be glad of her mum’s support at this difficult time. The pair recently celebrated Mel’s birthday together, which according to a report in The Sun, was the first time they had done so in eight years. The pair were said to have fallen out during Mel’s marriage to Stephen but since their separation and the death of Mel’s father, the mother and daughter are close once more.