Mel B’s daughter claims Stephen Belafonte taunted her and had her dog put down | Entertainment
Mel B’s daughter has claimed Stephen Belafonte called her ‘ugly and retarded’ and put her dog to sleep.
Phoenix Brown – the Spice Girls singer’s 23-year-old child from her marriage to first husband Jimmy Gulzar – has reflected on how her world “turned from technicolor to black and white” when her mother married the producer in 2007 and claimed he forced her to stay in her room as much as possible and deprive her of food.
She told the Daily Mail newspaper’s Weekend magazine: “I had to stay in my room with the door closed. I wasn’t allowed to go into the fridge but I had 30 minutes to get my packed lunch ready for the school.
“Often in the morning he would take it out and eat my sandwiches, laugh at me and tell me to go to school.
“He used to tell me I was ugly and retarded all the time. I had this beautiful Labrador called Lordy that we had since I was born. I loved him. He made fun of me and told me I was ugly and retarded .
“Stephen picked him up one day and threw him across the garden into the pool – Lordy was old, he was terrified. I couldn’t talk. A few weeks later I came home from school and Stephen m said he had it put down.”
Mel split from Stephen in 2017 and Phoenix recalled feeling “useless” when she couldn’t step into their ranks despite trying to keep busy by tending to her sisters, 15-year-old Angel – whose father is actor Eddie Murphy – and 10-year-old Madison.
She said: “My mum was working all the time, earning money for him – for the family. I knew she was having a terrible time, she kind of shrunk.
“They would have these awful fights in their room, I would stand outside petrified, feeling useless.
“But life went on. I took care of my sisters [she also has a younger sister Madison, Stephen’s daughter, now ten].
“I also tried to take care of my mother, but I was a child. It was a big secret. We were supposed to be a happy family.
“You go on and stop your emotions. That’s how you deal with it.”
The ‘Games’ contestant is proud of how her mother has changed her life since she left the father of her youngest child and moved back to the UK.
She said, “I’m so proud of her. She turned her life around. It wasn’t easy, but she stands up for others in abusive situations.”