Mel B is preparing to check into rehab after being diagnosed with PTSD and reaching what she calls ‘crisis point’. The former Spice Girl and mothe
Mel B is preparing to check into rehab after being diagnosed with PTSD and reaching what she calls ‘crisis point’.
The former Spice Girl and mother of three is planning to enter a British facility in the next few weeks to get help after being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and admitting to drinking heavily following a turbulent period in her life, including the death of her father Martin Brown and her split and subsequent messy divorce battle from Stephen Belafonte, who she accused of being abusive.
‘The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me,’ she said. ‘I’ve been working with a writer on my book, Brutally Honest, and it has been unbelievably traumatic reliving an emotionally abusive relationship and confronting so many massive issues in my life from the death of my dad to my relationship with men.
‘I’ve also been through more than a year of court battles which have left me financially battered and at the mercy of the legal system, which is completely weighted against emotionally abused women because it’s very hard to prove how someone took away all your self-respect and self-worth.’
She told The Sun on Sunday newspaper, she added: ‘I am being very honest in my book about drinking to numb my pain but that is just a way a lot of people mask what is really going on. Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel.
But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol — it is underneath all that… ‘I am fully aware I am at a crisis point. No-one knows myself better than I do. But I am dealing with it. I love my three girls more than life itself. I have also made the decision to go into a proper therapy programme in the next few weeks, but it has to be in the UK because I am very, very British and I know that will work best for me.’
‘I am still struggling,’ she continued, ‘but if I can shine a light on the issue of pain, PTSD and the things men and women do to mask it, I will do. I am speaking about this because this is a huge issue for so many people. ‘I’m not perfect, and I have never pretended to be.
But I am working on being a better version of myself for my kids, for my family and for all the people who have supported me in my life.’
Mel also revealed that she has made progress after beginning a new therapy called eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR). ‘I have recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and on August 9, after trying many different therapies I started a course of therapy called EMDR, which in a nutshell works on the memory to deal with some of the very painful and traumatic situations I have been through. I don’t want to jinx it, but so far it’s really helping me,’ she said.
The Wannabe singer announced her divorce from Hollywood producer Belfonte in 2017, after dating for nearly 10 years but things soon turned nasty between the pair when she alleged he was unfaithful and physically abusive during their relationship – something he had always fiercely denied.
They then remained embroiled in a legal dispute over their home and custody of their children, with Mel alleging Stephen showed their daughters videos of ISIS executions, and Stephen alleging Mel has ‘brainwashed’ the children against him.