Mel B ‘walks out on husband Stephen Belafonte following series of blazing rows’
Pals are reportedly urging Mel to formally break away from Stephen
- Her husband took to Twitter to deny any speculation he hit his wife
- Fans tried to link Mel’s ‘bruised and swollen face’ with lack of wedding ring
- Mel was absent from Saturday night’s X Factor but returned on Sunday
Mel B has reportedly walked out on her husband of seven years, Stephen Belafonte.
According to The Sun, the X Factor judge, 39, packed up and left the home the couple have been sharing in London after their furious arguing became too much to bear.
And now pals are urging the former Spice Girl to formally break away from Stephen, reports the newspaper.
Mel B’s husband has slammed speculation that he was responsible for her scratched and bruised appearance on The X Factor judge on Sunday.
When contacted by MailOnline, a representative for Mel B declined to comment.
The claims come as Mel has been unveiled as the new cover star for Grazia‘s Christmas issue, to whom she admitted that she was three hours late for the shoot because she’d had an argument with Stephen, 39.
The magazine quotes her as saying: ‘I walked in pi**ed off because I had a big row with my husband about stupid stuff. Sometimes he pi**es me off like no other, but he gets me.’
A well-placed source on The X Factor said that Stephen didn’t visit his wife of seven years during the three days she spent in hospital, or attend the X Factor final on Sunday.
The source revealed that Belafonte is not liked by other members of The X Factor team.
‘None of that means that he has ever laid a finger on Mel, but he is not an easy person to be with, that is obvious to see. It was a physical and emotional collapse. There was an emotional element to it, Mel has been under a lot of stress.
‘He didn’t come to the show on Sunday as far as I am aware. He wasn’t in her dressing room. I don’t believe he visited her in hospital, either.’
On Sunday, Belafonte was seen outside the Kensington block of flats where he and Mel, 39, have been renting an apartment since October, overseeing the loading of about 20 suitcases into a minivan.
A source told The Sun that the marriage is on ‘life support’, adding:
‘Mel hasn’t spoken to Stephen once since her admission to hospital last week and as it stands she doesn’t want to see him. He didn’t come to the hospital at all.
‘Everyone around her is encouraging her to stay strong and to leave him for good this time because they don’t believe their relationship is healthy.
‘Things have been very rocky over the last few weeks…last week everything escalated and there were a number of big rows before Mel ended up in hospital.’