Mel B shocked the world when she accused Stephen Belafonte of horrific abuse when filing for divorce, but one person supposedly knew things were this bad for years: Simon Cowell! He even reportedly begged Mel to ditch him and brought in lawyers to help draw up the divorce papers!
Simon Cowell, 57, tied to convince Mel B, 41, to leave Stephen Belafonte, 41, nearly two years ago, a source told the Daily Mail, after learning Stephen allegedly controlled all of Mel’s finances. After Mel missed the 2014 X Factor finale reportedly due to stomach cramps, Simon scheduled a meeting where he tried to talk sense into her.
“Simon and the team at Syco really became concerned…” the source tells Daily Mail. “In the days after [the finale], following he release from hospital, they tried to help her leave Belafonte. They arranged for her to stay in a hotel, visited her there and tried to help her get a handle on her finances. It seemed as if he controlled virtually everything financially.”
“She never divulged to anyone that he was [allegedly] beating her up,” the source tells Daily Mail, “but had told them she wanted to leave him and they introduced her to divorce lawyers to help her to go through with it.” Sadly, Mel B didn’t pull the plug on the marriage then, as Stephen had gone back to LA with their kids. She rejoined them out of fear that “he would stop her [from] ever seeing her children” again.”
It seems enough was enough for Mel B. She filed for divorce in March 2017, before filing for a restraining order two weeks later. The accusations could make anyone’s blood run cold. Along with the accusations that Stephen beat her for years, Mel B claimed that he forced her into 3-way sex, cheated on her throughout their 10 years of marriage, and allegedly hurled disgusting insults at her, calling “f*cking monkey” and worse.
Simon wasn’t the only one concerned for her. Many members of her family, friends and co-workers were allegedly away of Stephen’s abusive behavior, but she reportedly begged them to not call the cops out of fear he’d kill her. She also feared for anyone else who called the cops, reportedly thinking Stephen would go after them as well.
What do you think about Simon supposedly trying to get Mel out of her divorce in 2014, HollywoodLifers?