Mel B confesses dad’s death gave her confidence to leave ex Stephen Belafonte

The Spice Girl's member opened up about her toxic marriage to ex Stephen Belafonte, and admitted it was her father's death which prompted her to leave her husband.

Appearing on Lorraine alongside daughter Phoenix, 20, and mother Andrea Brown – who she was estranged from for eight years – Melanie Brown, 44, explained her dad's untimely death spurred her to get a divorce.

The singer, who has accused her ex of being physically abusive, opened up about the isolation she felt during her 10-year marriage to her former partner.

She detailed how their union "tore her family apart" and why she finally made the decision to leave the film producer.

Speaking to Lorraine Kelly, she said: "I was in a marriage, not a very nice marriage and I was isolated not just from my mum, but my sister, my friends in Leeds, and I felt really separated. It tore my family apart."

Mel went on to admit her father passing away was the turning point.

She continued: "For me, it was when my dad died. I thought, ‘You know what I can’t be in this marriage anymore, I’m going to get out and make sure we are all safe and start our healing process together.'”

Martin died in 2017 after battling multiple myeloma cancer and, in her autobiography Brutally Honest, Mel wrote that she told him that she was leaving Stephen before he passed.

The America’s Got Talent: The Champions judge appeared on the daytime chat show to launch the Inspirational Woman of the Year Award for the program.

And despite her moving back to the UK following the highly publicised divorce, Mel B admitted she's happy her children have adapted to life here after being raised in LA.

While Phoenix playfully quipped she “missed” sunny California, she confessed she loved her mum’s native Leeds.

Mel explained: “Angel is the one who makes me think this isn’t a bad move after all.

“She started school a week-and-a-half ago and she’s absolutely loving it. I didn’t expect her to love it.”

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