Stephen - who is based in Australia with Mel and her three daughters Phoenix Chi, 13, Angel, five, and 15-month-old Madison - wasn't prepared to share the 37-year-old star with anyone and was determined to win the top prize at the charity auction, which also landed him two tickets to the Spice Girls musical 'Viva Forever! Meanwhile, Mel recently confessed she had had violent ''punch-ups'' with her fellow 'Wannabe' hitmakers in their heyday, but despite her tempestuous relationship with Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Mel C, and Emma Bunton, she still loves them unconditionally.
It's been like that with all five of us over the years.''I've had punch-ups with Mel C in the past.
The artist formerly known as Scary Spice, Melanie Brown, is now known for her outspoken views as a judge on TV talent shows, including last season’s The X Factor Australia and currently America’s Got Talent.
I caught up with her to chat about the new single, the pressure to release a hit song and whether she will return to Australian TV. I wanted to bring out something that was empowering.
I’ve been in the studio on and off for eight years but I wanted it to be a good representation of me so it took me a long time to find the passion within me to do it, and to find the right type of people to feel free in the studio. I did a taping of America’s Got Talent and that finished at 11pm and I was like “I want to get into the studio now” and the song was written and mastered in three hours and a week later I did the video and a week later I scarily pressed “send” and put it out on the internet [via You Tube]. I think with Australia’s X Factor and America’s Got Talent I spent a good few years being a judge and seeing people performing and I was watching people work at their art and perfect their voice and their performance, and by the third year it just made me think “I want to do this”. I’m humbled to say the least, because I know a lot of celebrities and I didn’t ask for any support from anyone and everyone from Ellen De Generes to Kim Kardashian were tweeting about it.
You’ve had so much success in your career, do you feel the pressure to release a No. No, because it was such a big scale with the Spice Girls and now I’m just doing it by myself; I’m not signed with anybody, I’m funding it all by myself. When I pressed “send” I didn’t know what was going to happen. To get that type of response without having to go “please like it, please tweet about it” was really nice.
Melanie B’s toned yet curvey body has to be one of the best in showbiz.
Even though she’s 38, the former Spice Girl looks as good as the young whipper snappers topping the charts today - as evidenced by her toned abs in these pics.
Goes to show you what loads of exercise can do for you…
Speaking of exercise, it’s time to start doing those crunches ladies - the warm weather is coming and crop tops are on trend again this season. It’s not too pricey at £167, but if you think it’s a bit much for such a small amount material, check out our edit of cheaper colourblock crop tops below.
And, as Mel B proves, they’re not only for teenagers; if you do them right they can look mature and chic. Wear with a high waisted skirt or pants like Mel and you won’t even have too bare that much of your belly!
Just make sure you only show the tiniest bit of skin and keep the rest of your look demure.
A date with Mel B has been auctioned off for £15,000 - to her husband.
The former Spice Girls singer's lucky spouse Stephen Belafonte snapped up the full 'Mel B experience' at the Nobel Gift Gala in Central London on Saturday () after outbidding several other hopefuls, winning a coveted meet-and-greet with his wife.