Mel B Celebrates Christmas With Stephen Belafonte, Despite Separation Rumors (PIC)
Mel B celebrated Christmas with Stephen Belafonte, despite rumors that the couple recently split. The Sun, RadarOnline, and Us Weekly were among the outlets to claim the stars had separated earlier this month. But in a photo shared Thursday, Mel B indicated they’re happily still together.
“Have a merry Christmas! #familytime #funday,” the singer captioned the Instagram snapshot, which shows her and Belafonte smiling with her three daughters. The photo marked Mel B’s first post since she was hospitalized in mid-December amid conflicting reports that alternately claimed spousal abuse and stomach ulcers. As Gossip Cop reported, the hospitalization caused Mel B to miss part one of “The X Factor UK” finale, and when she took part in part two, social media erupted over her poor appearance.
After fans claimed to see bruises on Mel B’s face, and questioned why she wasn’t wearing her wedding ring during the broadcast, Belafonte took to Twitter to deny hitting her. The domestic violence rumors persisted, though, and the “America’s Got Talent” judge’s daughter Phoenix has since come to her stepdad’s defense. After Belafonte shared a photo of himself and Phoenix doing last-minute Christmas shopping on Wednesday, the Instagram post was inundated with comments about his alleged abuse. The 15-year-old Phoenix, however, slammed the remarks, writing, “Can everyone just chill he didn’t hit my mom don’t know how that stupid [rumor] came up.”
Whatever is or isn’t going on with Mel B privately, Gossip Cop is happy to see she had a merry Christmas. Check out the full photo below!