Mel B Husband Stephen Belafonte Denies Abuse After Sudden Hospitalization, Bruise Appearance On X Factor UK Finale (PICS)
Mel B was suddenly hospitalized on Thursday due to a medical emergency. She has since been released, but the star’s husband Stephen Belafonte is now at the center of domestic violence rumors, and took to Twitter on Monday to deny abusing her.
“The X Factor UK” judge was rushed to a London hospital by her chauffeur last week after reportedly collapsing from stomach pains. Reports claimed she was suffering from a suspected ulcer, and the seriousness of the ailment forced her to miss part one of the live “X Factor” finale on Saturday.
On Sunday, it was announced Mel B had been released from the hospital, and was given medical clearance to attend part two of the live finale later that day. During the broadcast, Mel B told host Dermot O’Leary, “I really missed being here, but thanks to all the doctors and nurses who took care of me and got me here tonight.” When asked if she was feeling better, and the singer replied, “Yes-ish.” Fans, meanwhile, immediately took to social media to comment on her poor appearance, with the star seeming weak every time she tried to stand.
Some even said she looked bruised and had scratch marks (see photos below), while others pointed out that she wasn’t wearing her wedding ring. Adding fuel to the fire were Mel B’s estranged sister and mother, who have a contemptuous relationship with Belafonte, and have accused him of wrongdoing in the past. During Mel B’s hospitalization, they took to Twitter to blast Belafonte for keeping them in the dark. Mel B’s sister accused Belafonte of “evil lies,” and even pleaded with Simon Cowell on Twitter to reveal her whereabouts and condition, though he did not reply.
On Twitter early Monday, hours after the finale, Belafonte slammed the abuse speculation. “I don’t usually respond to Twitter msgs but I will respond to comments of hitting my wife which I think are quite disgusting un true [sic]” he wrote. “Mel was very ill a bunch of doctors helped her get better if fans can’t just relax B4 being negative they r not real fans of @OfficialMelB.” Even though Belafonte tagged her, Mel B herself has stayed mum.
The star has been married to Belafonte since 2007, and has one daughter with him, in addition to two girls from prior relationships. As Gossip Cop reported, she spoke highly of their marriage in an interview with The Guardian last month. “My husband is very spontaneous, he’s very supportive and solid, he’s very honest, very real, very to the point, and loves to work,” she said, quipping, “So I married myself, basically.” She further told the outlet, “He’s been my rock when nobody else believed in me. The one who’s said, ‘Go for it, Melanie: go and do ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ go and do ‘America’s Got Talent,’ go and release a single if you like.’ He’s the one who has rebirthed my confidence.”
Gossip Cop has reached out to a rep for comment. See some of the Mel B photos raising eyebrows below, particularly due to her complexion and alleged bruising on her cheek.