A little over two weeks ago, Mel B filed for divorce from her husband of 10 years Stephen Belafonte. Since then, she got a restraining order against him and accused him of emotionally and physically abusing her for years. Stephen responded by claiming he’s the victim of a smear campaign. Stephen has now responded to her divorce petition and he wants her to pay up.
According to The Daily Mail, Stephen is seeking an unknown amount of spousal support from Mel B. He also wants her to cover his lawyer’s fees. Mel B listed their separation date as December 28, but he claims they split on March 1.
Additionally, Stephen is asking for joint legal and physical custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Madison Brown Belafonte. When Mel B filed for divorce last month, she initially requested joint legal and physical custody. TMZ says she has since changed her mind. Sources say that before she filed for divorce, she had no idea that he had a domestic violence conviction under his belt which prohibited him from owning a gun. Once she found that out, she decided she didn’t want Madison around that and requested permanent sole custody.
Mel B is also returning to court to make her temporary restraining order a permanent one, and requesting that Stephen have zero contact with her other two daughters. Sources tell TMZ she might be willing to consider giving Stephen monitored visits with Madison, but not right now.
To make things even messier, TMZ seems to think that Mel B and Stephen didn’t have a prenup when they got hitched 10 years ago. I’m not too worried for Mel B’s bank account if Stephen gets both spousal support and half of her dollars. She can easily make back all that America’s Got Talent money. It might take a while, but it can happen. As long as people are still training chihuahuas in glittery bow ties to scurry across balance beams, Mel B will never be out of a job.