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Mel B Reveals She Attempted Suicide While Married to Stephen Belafonte

Mel B Reveals She Attempted Suicide While Married to Stephen Belafonte

Mel B is getting honest about a dark period in her life.

The Spice Girl opened up about her 2014 suicide attempt in her new book, Brutally Honest.

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In the book, Mel says she “took nearly 200 aspirin pills” on December 11, 2014 while shooting live shows for The X Factor UK in an attempt to escape her marriage to Stephen Belafonte.

“As each pill goes into my mouth, I ask myself: ‘Are you sure?’ And I take another one. Ten, 20, 50, 100. ‘Are you sure?’ One hundred and 20. ‘Are you sure?’ 150. Are you sure?’” she wrote.

“Behind the glitter of fame, I felt emotionally battered, estranged from my family. I felt ugly and detested by the very man who once promised to love and protect me, my husband and manager Stephen,” she explained.

“I can still remember the fear, panic and absolute confusion in my head. Then everything started to go black and I collapsed to my knees. I could feel the life in me starting to drain away.”

She woke up at the hospital surrounded by doctors and nurses.

“It was the saddest moment of my life. Looking at my daughter — distraught, devastated, angry — was the moment I knew the fightback had to start.”

For more from the book, visit

If you or someone you know is in distress, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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  • Anna

    I’m glad she’s speaking out and encouraging others to seek help. I came from an abusive family too. Not a husband or boyfriend, but from a father. So I know how hard it is. You feel trapped and think the only way out is death. So fuxking stupid now that I think back to it now. But at the time, that’s how I felt.

  • Lexi

    I was the exact same. I think the reason or at least it was on my part was it was drummed in to me that I was the problem, not him (My dad) and if I did say anything I would be the one in trouble and taken into care. I even got sent to the psychiatrist when I was 11 because of my behavior but he came with me so I couldn’t be honest and tell the truth.

    It was only when my mum had the courage to finally throw him out that I realized what he had been doing.