According to TMZ, Mel B and Stephen Belafonte have finally – FINALLY – wrapped up their awful divorce. With all the allegations of spousal abuse surrounding Stephen, you’d think he’d be lucky to leave that marriage without an angry mob of Spice Girls fans chasing him down the street, throwing Buffalo platforms at his head. Instead, Stephen will walk away with $20,000 every month.
Mel B and Stephen were rumored to have settled the details of their divorce in November. They reportedly agreed to share joint legal custody of their 6-year-old daughter Madison, and a judge had signed off on an emergency spousal support payment of $40,000 a month. Their settlement wasn’t as settled as it seemed, because just a few months later, Mel B alleged Stephen had made their kids watch ISIS beheading videos, while a friend of hers alleged she solicited him to “get rid of” Stephen. It was like watching some real-life Sopranos on a channel you couldn’t flip away from. Although it would appear to be over, for now.
Mel B and Stephen recently wrapped up the financial details of their split. Stephen will get $5,000 a month in child support for Madison, as well as $15,000 a month in spousal support. Mel B will also cut Stephen a check for his lawyers fees, which after 16 months of back-and-forth fighting total $350,000. They will sell their Hollywood Hills home, with each taking away an even 50% of the profits. They’re both in the clear when it comes to the restraining orders they took out against each other. Mel B dropped hers back in November. Stephen took out a restraining order against Mel B in June after he heard about the alleged hit out on him, but he’s dropped that as well.
Stephen posted a video on Instagram after his visit to court, and he seems pretty happy. He later deleted the video.
Unfortunately, I think Stephen might be naively optimistic about his settlement win. Back when they first started fighting over money, Stephen claimed he needed at least $18,000 a month to maintain his lifestyle, like a ridiculous $750 a month cellphone plan. I think it might only be a matter of time before reality hits him, and he realizes his budget isn’t what it used to be. “I was interested in the Gucci flip flops, but sadly I spent all of my allowance for this month on a hot air balloon ride with a live giraffe. So…how much would it cost for two Gucci shopping bags with some holes cut out for my toes.”