BBC Blankety Blank: Mel B’s ex in Hollywood, bankruptcy and heartache


Since rising to international stardom as one of the Spice Girls, Mel B – aka Scary Spice – has enjoyed a long career in television.

After the band broke up in 2000, Mel, whose full name is Melanie Brown, released a solo album that went to number one.

The 46-year-old has three children, including Phoenix, 22, whom she shares with ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar.

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She shares daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown, 14, with Hollywood actor Eddie Murphy, and youngest child Madison, 10, with ex-husband Stephen Belafonte.

Mel B took part in the fifth series of the American dance competition Dancing with the Stars in 2007, then became a judge on the Australian and British versions of The X Factor.

For a time in America, Mel B had “love at first sight” with movie star Eddie Murphy.

The two met in 2006 at a party in Beverly Hills after the actor divorced his ex-wife Nicole Mitchell.

Writing in her 2018 memoir Brutally Honest, Mel said: “It felt like 2,000 volts of electric current had passed between us.”

She soon became pregnant with Angel but their romance began to fade and in December 2006 Eddie claimed he wasn’t even sure the unborn child was his.

The Nutty Professor star told a reporter, “I don’t know who this kid belongs to until he comes out and gets a blood test. You shouldn’t jump to conclusions, sir.”

Two months later, on June 22, Mel announced that a DNA test had confirmed that Eddie was Angel’s father.

Mel had to move back in with her mother in 2019 after being “on the brink of bankruptcy“, but the Mirror reported in March this year that the singer was “almost a millionaire” again.

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