Mel B, also known by the birth name Melanie Janine Brown, is a singer, actress and television personality who is famously known as a member of 1990s girl group the Spice Girls in which she was nicknamed Scary Spice.
Mel B’s Short Bio, Career, Net Worth
Melanie Janine Brown was born on 29th May 1975 in Harehills, Leeds to parents Andrea and Martin Brown.
Before entering the entertainment industry, Melanie studied performing arts at Intake High School in Leeds.
Melanie, who stands at the height of 5 feet and 5 inches tall, began her career in music at an early age with a group known as ‘Touch.’
Back in the year 1994, Melanie was one of the four hundred women who responded to an advertisement on Stage Magazine. Out of that, only four were chosen, Mel B, Mel C, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham. A fifth singer Emma Burton was later added to form the 90s girl group Spice Girls.
Their first debut album Spice released in the year 1996 was a worldwide sensation. Their first single, Wannabe, reached number one in 37 countries and all the following singles, Say You’ll Be There, 2 Become 1, Who Do You Think You Are and Mama, also peaked at number one in the United Kingdom.
In the year 1997, the girls released their second album, Spiceworld, and their first two singles “Spice Up Your Life” and “Too Much,” followed by their own movie Spiceworld: The Movie and became the second watched movie of the year.
However, in the year 1998, the group was reduced to four due to Geri Halliwell’s decision to quit the group. As a four, the group released another album Goodbye in late 1998.
In the year 2007, the Spice Girls got back together and worked on a reunion tour which was quite successful; they also reunited for a performance at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Mel B, who has the net worth of around $10million dollars, has served as a judge on America’s Got Talent since 2013. Since 2016, Melanie also presented the British edition of Lip Sync Battle.
Mel B’s Relationship with Her Ex-husband and Children
Melanie Brown has been married twice in her life. She was first married to Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar in the year 1998. Interestingly, Jimmy was a backup dancer for Mel B’s music group Spice Girls.
Mel B and Jimmy got engaged on 13 May 1998, and after three months of their engagement, they decided to tie in the marriage knot. Mel B together with Jimmy welcomed a daughter named Phoenix Chi Gulzar on 19 February 1999.
However, their relationship did not last long and got separated in 2000. Mel B had to pay $2.8 million alimony settlement to Jimmy Gulzar.
After her divorce, in the year 2006, Mel B had a short-lived but highly publicized relationship with Eddie Murphy, who is an American comedian.
After separation with Eddie, Mel B got married to her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte, who is a film producer. The couple began dating each other in February 2007 and eventually tied the knot in June 2007 in a secret ceremony held in Las Vegas.
Like her first marriage, this relationship also could not survive for long and got separated in December 2016 after nine years of marriage.
Similarly, the relationship between Eddie and Melanie led to the birth of their second child, a daughter named Angel Iris Murphy Brown on 3 April 2007.
Melanie had her third child, a daughter named Madison Brown Belafonte on 1 September 2011 with Stephen Belafonte.
Eddie Murphy Denies Parentage
Melanie later became the subject of controversy as she acknowledged that her ex-boyfriend Eddie was the father of her unborn baby, Angel. However, Eddie was hesitant about accepting Angel as his child and said to the journalist of the Dutch TV show that the parentage of Melanie unborn baby could not be proven until a paternity test was performed.
After the court ordered DNA test on 22 June 2017, it was confirmed that Angel is the daughter of Eddie Murphy; Angel is Eddie’s ninth child.
Eddie Murphy later admitted paternity and paid $35,000 monthly as child support until his daughter Angel becomes 18 years old. Recently, it has been reported that Eddie does not care for his daughter and even does not want to make any relationship with her ex-girlfriend Melanie.