Simon Cowell 'urged Mel B to leave Stephen Belafonte'

We're told Simon and others felt something was seriously wrong but Mel B would never own up ... she would make excuses for various injuries and no one was sure what was real.

Mel B got a little help summoning up the courage to leave her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte.

While we knew her X Factor costar had arranged for Scary Spice to stay in a hotel following a stint in the hospital in 2014, it seems the mother-of-three FINALLY left Belafonte for good after Cowell urged her to do so.

The 41-year-old broke his silence for the first time since the pair's bitter divorce battle went public, and told British newspaper the Sunday Mirror his children are the only thing that matters to him.

The 41-year-old singer requested to legally end her marriage with the film producer last month after she claimed she endured a decade of domestic abuse from him, but it doesn't look like her ex-beau is planning to let things settle without a fight as he's now filed his official response to her petition and wants a fair slice of her cash.

. I'm going to have to get off the phone because family court frowns on that.

A judge order was signed last week meaning that Stephen isn't allowed to contact Mel following a number of horrifying claims that he was physically and emotionally abusive throughout their marriage.

His lawyers' statement read: "It's a shame that Ms Brown elected not to proceed in a respectful and amicable fashion in this very private matter". Apart from clashes over monetary demands, they are even fighting for the custody of their five-year-old daughter Madison, says a report. "Should a permanent order be granted, Mel B will be given primary legal and physical custody and Stephen will be at a severe disadvantage for his rights as a father".

Mel B and estranged husband Stephen Belafonte.

  • Salvatore Jensen