Spice Girl only had £700 in the bank and was secretly shopping in Lidl after leaving abusive ex
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 25
Mel B spoke candidly on her split from ex-husband Stephen Belafonte and the aftermath (Picture: Scott Kirkland/REX/Shutterstock)

Pop icon has opened up on ‘starting from scratch’ with just £700 to her name when she left an abusive ex-partner.

The former Spice Girl, 48, revealed that she was sharing a bed with her three children and at budget stores when she.

The pair married in 2007 before splitting in 2017, sharing daughter Madison, 12. The singer also has daughter Phoenix, 25, with ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar, and Angel, 16, with former partner Eddie Murphy.

Brown has accused Belafonte of physical, emotional, and financial abuse over the years, .

Following their divorce in 2018, she returned to her hometown of Leeds and moved into her mother Andrea’s bungalow with her children, and has now opened up on the struggles she faced.

‘People will assume, “She’s rich, she’s a Spice Girl”‘ she told .

‘But I went from performing to thousands at Wembley on the Spice Girls’ 13-date Reunion Tour in 2019 to squeezing into my mum’s with my kids sleeping in bed with me.

The former Spice Girl was married to Belafonte for 10 years (Picture: Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
The pair share daughter Madison as well as Brown’s two daughters from previous relationships (Picture: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

‘I didn’t expect that to happen in my 40s after a successful career but I had nowhere else to go.’

She went on to say that she was forced to ‘pick up the pieces’ of the divorce and custody battles, which left her with £700 in the bank.

The Wannabe hitmaker went into details on how she had to cut back her spending and was secretly shopping in budget stores, despite amassing a reported £38.3 million fortune.

‘In LA I hadn’t bought a pint of milk in years, but back home I would buy in bulk from Costco and got really into shopping in Aldi and Lidl,’ she continued.

She said, however, that people ‘did not bat an eyelid’ at the pop sensation in their local supermarket, due to it being ‘Covid times’ and she would wear a mask.

The singer shared how she was left with just £700 of her musical fortune following the divorce (Picture: Faye Sadou/MediaPunch/REX/Shutterstock)
She previously opened up on how her former bandmates helped her through the split (Picture: Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)

Brown said that she ‘rebuilt herself’ after being in an abusive relationship for years, and budgeting helped the star ‘reclaim her power.’

Previously speaking to Metro.co.uk, the singer stressed the following her split from Belafonte that ‘knocked her confidence to the floor.’

‘I was so embarrassed, so ashamed because I was so in the thick of the abuse, but as soon as I got out all the Spice Girls were there for me,’ she added.

‘They were constantly calling me, I’d go to their houses, it was really nice. It was such a relief to finally talk about it.’

‘I thought [talking about it] was going to end my career because I brought the book out … I wasn’t even going to release it. But my daughter said, “Think about how many women have gone through this.” I’m not the only one, it’s an epidemic. It was a good thing to do.’

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