Mel B's ex-husband asked Women's Aid to drop her as patron

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Mel B's ex-husband tried to get her dropped as patron of a domestic abuse charity by saying she had "lied" about her own experiences.
The Spice Girls singer has insisted Stephen Belafonte was abusive and controlling during their marriage - which ended in December 2017 - and she went on to work with Women's Aid, but the 47-year-old producer contacted the organisation to urge them to sever ties with his former spouse.
Speaking on the 'Private Talk' podcast, Stephen said: “I said, ‘Hey, Melanie is clearly telling you lies. Don’t believe me, I have all of the proof from forensic accountants right before we went to court’.”
But he admitted the charity refused to engage with them.
Women's Aid said they won't engage with "alleged perpetrators" of domestic abuse.
A spokesperson told the Daily Mirror newspaper: “If contacted by an alleged perpetrator of domestic abuse, we refer them onto Respect, a national charity which has expertise in working with domestic abuse perpetrators.”
In May, Mel, also 47, was honoured with an MBE for her work with Women's Aid.
The 'Wannabe' hitmaker admitted it was even more "amazing" because she was receiving the honour as Melanie Brown and not Scary Spice.
She explained: “I felt like it was the most incredible day of my life.
“It felt amazing that it was me, Melanie Brown, a working- class girl from Leeds, and not Mel B the Spice Girl who had received the award.”
Mel added how important it was for her to use her "loud voice" to shine a spotlight on her fellow survivors of domestic abuse.
She added: “The MBE was for all women and especially for my late dad, because I promised him on his deathbed that I would leave my husband, and if it wasn’t for that I wouldn’t be here now. It’s all about making something terrible into something positive and about women supporting other women. I have got a loud voice; so many women suffer in silence and it’s an honour for me to be their voice.”

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