I’ve felt powerless during the hell of 10 years of domestic violence… we must do better for survivors, brave Mel B tells Tories at Sun event

FORMER Spice Girl Mel B opened up about 10 years of domestic abuse hell at the hands of her troubled ex – and revealed how he left the girl power champion “completely powerless”.

Brave Mel, 47, held back tears as she shared her incredible story with political leaders at an event hosted by The Sun and Women’s Aid at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham today.

Mel B opened up about her abusive ex today

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Mel B opened up about her abusive ex todayPhoto credit: Simon Jones
The former Spice Girl arrives for the Conservative Party's annual conference in Birmingham

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The former Spice Girl arrives for the Conservative Party’s annual conference in BirminghamCredit: PA
Mel B works with Speak Out Against Domestic Abuse, a joint campaign by The Sun and charity Women's Aid

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Mel B works with Speak Out Against Domestic Abuse, a joint campaign by The Sun and charity Women’s Aid

She called on ministers to fix Britain’s broken court system so women don’t have to sit next to sick wife beaters and called on them to better fund abuse support services.

Scary Spice, who was awarded an MBE for her tireless campaigning, didn’t hold back when, after her relationship with Stephen Belafonte, she told the Victims Secretary: “I’m a survivor, not a victim”.

And she thanked The Sun for their campaign on this important issue, telling the packed event: “I’m here thanks to Victoria Newton, The Sun and the remarkable team.

“Thanks for that. I’m not here because I’m Mel B Scary Spice from Spice Girls. I’m here because I’m Melanie Brown.”

She admitted, “As a Spice Girl, I am the embodiment of girl power and for ten years I was completely powerless over this man.”

The icon berated the “old boys club” of judges, who believe women can only have suffered domestic violence if they “have a tooth and live on a council estate”.

And Mel warned that if she had been forced to stay with her abusive ex during lockdown, she believed she would be dead.

The audience repeatedly erupted in applause as she shared harrowing details of the abuse she suffered.

“I got to a point where I actually wanted to die by committing suicide,” Mel said.

“Fortunately it didn’t happen. But the relationship I was in – there was no way out. I couldn’t pick up the phone to call my mom or my friends.”

And they cheered The Sun’s ‘Speak Out’ campaign, which aims to highlight how we can all play a part in tackling domestic violence.

The America’s Got Talent and X Factor star revealed how much she suffered at home – despite her glamorous showbiz career on stage.

After years of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, Mel wanted it all to end.

After attempting suicide more than once, she nervously opened up, “I’m here to say that abuse happens to literally everyone — regardless of race, gender, sexuality, whether you’re skinny or curvy.

“I’m a pretty successful self-made woman who almost took her own life and it was because I was trapped.”

Scary Spice has spoken out several times about trying to leave her ex – who she never mentioned by name.

But he constantly manipulated her back into his grip — emotionally locking her in her LA block.

He took Mel’s money and passport and even dictated what she wore.

As she smiled for the cameras, he pulled her down with words and his own hands.

She admitted: “I was completely isolated from my friends and family.

“And it didn’t happen overnight. It happened bit by bit.

“They pick on you.”

How to get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Keep your phone close at all times.
  • Contact charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat hotline and services like SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarize yourself with the silent solution and report abuse without speaking on the phone, instead dialing ’55’.
  • Always carry some money with you, including change for a payphone or bus ticket.
  • If you suspect your partner will attack you, try moving to a less vulnerable area of ​​the house — for example, where there is an exit and access to a phone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid spaces where you could become trapped, such as B. the bathroom, or where you could be locked in a closet or other small space.

If you have been a victim of domestic violence, the SupportLine is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – messageinfo@supportline.org.uk.

Women’s Aid offers a live chat service available weekdays from 8am to 6pm and weekends from 10am to 6pm.

You can also call the 24-hour toll-free domestic abuse hotline on 0808 2000 247.

Mel was finally able to break out of the relationship after her father’s death.

As Martin Brown breathed his last, Mel swore, “Don’t worry dad, I’m going to leave him.”

And she did.

A pin was heard as politicians took up the star’s powerful story.

Referring to panellist and Home Secretary Mims Davies, Mel called for funding to help vulnerable women.

She urged the minister to reform Britain’s old-fashioned courts so survivors aren’t forced to sit meters away from their perpetrators.

And the pop icon has blasted old-fashioned judges for picking and choosing who was abused based on looks or wealth.

Mel kept telling Ms Davies: “We are survivors, not victims”.

A staggering 1.6 million women suffer from domestic violence in England and Wales.

Shockingly, three women are murdered by their partner or ex every two weeks.

Mel’s own experience motivated her to become a Women’s Aid Patron and to travel across the country fighting for survivors.

She said: “I’m probably the last person you would expect to be at a Tory party conference. I can’t quite believe I’m here myself.

“But I’m here because I’ve decided to speak out about domestic violence. And I spoke at a time when nobody else spoke about such things.”

The former Spice Girl released a comprehensive memoir about her ordeal in 2018.

She won acclaim around the world for her honesty, turning a taboo subject into an important must-have conversation.

Mel vowed, “I hold the flag for all other survivors who don’t have a voice or are too worried to speak.”

The couple dated for ten years before Mel ended their tumultuous relationship

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The couple dated for ten years before Mel ended their tumultuous relationship
The former Spice Girl released a comprehensive memoir about her ordeal in 2018

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The former Spice Girl released a comprehensive memoir about her ordeal in 2018

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