Spice Girl Mel B really seems to be going through it – from both sides of the Atlantic. The singer, host and actress had been on a winning streak in America, until the pandemic changed everything. Now back in London and not working, she’s still trying to remedy the mistake she made of marrying her last husband, Stephen Belafonte.
It wasn’t too long ago that Mel B was again in front of courts and judges – but this time on her own behalf for her daughter with American legend Eddie Murphy.
With his Coming 2 America sequel selling for $125 million dollars, Mel B is trying to get a peek into his finances and accounting. Her reasoning is that her own income has been “dramatically reduced,” according to her lawyers – and she needs help with their daughter, 13-year-old Angel.
“Eddie and Melanie have both established careers in the entertainment industry. Melanie is a singer, songwriter and television personality. Eddie is a legendary comedian and actor. Until recently, Melanie has been fortunate in her career to sustain a comfortable lifestyle for herself and Angel. Unfortunately, Melanie’s income has dramatically reduced, such that she must consider modifying child support for the first time.”
US also reported that she’s tried to fix it without the courts but was “left with no choice but to file this.” Murphy had been previously ordered to pay $25,000 a month, required to cover Angel’s health insurance and costs and contribute to her educational expenses.
Turns out that January might be a very busy month for the once-Spice Girl, as she now she’s also going to be in court for her ongoing case with ex-husband Stephen Belafonte in January – at her request.
The 10-year marriage to Belafonte that ended 3 years ago has turned into a custody battle, amongst other things. Mel B’s been trying to move their daughter, 8-year-old Madison, to the United Kingdom, where Mel is from and currently lives. She wants Madison to also be around her older sisters, who live with her in the UK as well.
Belafonte had asked a judge for full custody, and apparently that legal battle took such a toll upon Mel B’s finances alone that she’s dropped that request. What she wants now is the judge to lower the amount that she was ordered to pay to Belafonte in September by a Los Angeles judge, to the tune of $500,000. claiming, she will effectively be insolvent and will in all likelihood have to file for bankruptcy.
“While I hope to find employment opportunities for 2021, I anticipate that it will be difficult to find work as an entertainer in these unprecedented times,” said the personality about the COVID-19 shutdown of Hollywood.
“I am informed and believe that there will not be any events or concerts in 2021. Therefore, I have no idea how long it will be before I can work and the businesses can earn any significant further income.”
Between Mel B’s $2.5 million IRS debt, $15,000 a month spousal support to ex-husand, legal fees and child support, the singer is ‘virtually broke” according to DailyMail. Her lawyer laid it out even more clearly.
“To wit, she is teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and she has abandoned her relocation request due to her tenuous financial situation… She is facing undue financial stress and cannot financially comply with the current orders to pay forthwith.”
She’s back in court for this case January 11, 2021