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Spice Girls' Mel B Wears Bruises As She Opens Up On Domestic Abuse For Women's Aid

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Spice Girls' Mel B Wears Bruises As She Opens Up On Domestic Abuse For Women's Aid

Spice Girl Mel B wore bruises as she appeared in a video about domestic violence, in collaboration with Women's Aid.

In the video, 41-year-old Scary Spice Mel - full name Melanie Brown - shows the horror of domestic violence through the means of dance, set to the music of Fabio D'Andrea's 'Love Should Not Hurt'.

You can watch it below:


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It's a topic which is particularly close to Mel's heart, after she claims to have suffered "emotional and physical abuse" at the hands of her ex-husband of a decade, Stephen Belafonte - something he has always vehemently denied.

The video shows Mel depicting a woman's abusive relationship, and her eventual escape.

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She is a patron of Women's Aid, and speaking to ITV's Good Morning Britain, said she was keen to star in the video as it's not just her story, but that of every woman who has gone through something similar.

The video chronicled an abusive relationship (Credit: Women's Aid)
The video chronicled an abusive relationship (Credit: Women's Aid)

"As a woman that's gone through it, it does crush your soul, it does really strip you... I'm going to be taking forever to get that back," she said.

"I've had to build myself up. One of the good things for me is to speak to other women who have been in a similar situation.

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"You know... that's why this video is so important because it's not just my story, (it's) bits and pieces of my story, but it's every woman's story, it's everybody's voice, because we are dealing with an epidemic," she told Susanna Reid.

When Susanna commented that the clip showed the "two faces of domestic violence", Mel B agreed.

Mel B talks on the inspiration behind the Women's Aid video (Credit: ITV)
Mel B talks on the inspiration behind the Women's Aid video (Credit: ITV)

"You put on your armour, and you walk out into the world, but behind closed doors, it's very, very different, and it's embarrassing and shameful and you carry so much guilt, having to try and keep that secret," she reflected.

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"People in these situations, they don't feel like there's a way out. They've been isolated from their friends, their family and that's one of the major signs somebody is in one of those kinds of relationships.

"The only way out is sporadically run - you don't know where you're running, you don't know where you're going to get help, you probably don't have your own phone anymore, your friends probably haven't heard from you in months.

"We wanted to highlight how it can escalate very quickly to feeling trapped and alone".

Mel B says she was emotionally and physically abuse by her ex-husband (Credit: PA)
Mel B says she was emotionally and physically abuse by her ex-husband (Credit: PA)
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Despite splitting with her ex husband in 2018, Mel says the abuse she allegedly endured is still something she's "[learning] to live with".

She added: "The full video has so many things in there from him taking her money, from him taking her car keys, telling her what to wear.

"So it's not just physical abuse, it's coercive control, it's emotional abuse, you know, it's all different layers of abuse that we have to talk about."

Happily Mel has now found a new relationship, adding that her partner is "kind, honest" and "understanding" of her situation.

We're so thrilled she's managed to find happiness after everything she's been through, and we're sure this video is going to help so many.

If you have been affected by this story and need support, or want to donate to Women's Aid, you can do so here.

Featured Image Credit: Women's Aid

Topics: Good Morning Britain, Celebrity News, TV News, TV & Film, Life

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