After Mel b made a number of shocking allegations against Stephen Belafonte, it has now been revealed that in 2014, Simon Cowell attempted to help Mel escape her marriage.
According to The Sun, the source has revealed: “Although no-one was sure what was going on, Simon and the team at Syco really became concerned at The X Factor finale in 2014. In the days afterwards, following her release from hospital, they tried to help her leave Belafonte. They introduced her to divorce lawyers to help her to go through with it.”
Following the reports, a spokesperson at Syco said: “Melanie is hugely admired and respected by everyone at Syco and on both the X Factor and America’s Got Talent. We have always supported her whenever she has requested and we will continue to do so.”
The reports come after Mel B has made a string of explosive claims in her court declaration which include allegations of Stephen “punching,” “choking,” “splitting her lip,” “pushing her down on the carpet” and forcing her to “participate in sexual intercourse with him and random women.”
Further to this, the reports also claim that Stephen got the couple’s nanny pregnant and allegedly paid $300,000 for her to have an abortion.
After one violent incident, the reports claim that some friends and family members asked Mel about her injuries and even offered to call the police for her. However, she begged them not to as she feared for her own life and theirs if Belafonte was to find out.
Shockingly in 2014, the court declaration chillingly claims that Mel tried to take an overdose after struggling to cope with the “emotional and physical exhaustion.” However, disturbingly, Belafonte prevented her from calling the emergency services and locked her in her bedroom.
Mel reportedly tried to leave the marriage several times however, she claims: “he threatened me with violence and threatened to destroy my life in every possible way… destroy my career and take my kids from me.”
Claims over the violence have been surfacing for years and Mel B sparked fears amongst fans in 2014 when she appeared ‘scratched and bruised’ without her wedding ring on The X Factor UK’s Sunday night final after mysteriously being hospitalised ahead of the first live show.
However, the news may come as a shock to fans as Mel B has repeatedly denied claims over her husbands violence. Just eight weeks ago Mel B took to Instagram to declare her love for Stephen posting a picture with the caption: “My baby boo @Stephenthinks11 we have been through everything that would normally tear couples apart and we have come out on the other side stronger,you loved me before I even new how to really love myself,you are my world honey and let’s not forget you are abit of a dickhead too xxxx”