She is in the middle of a bitter divorce batle with estranged husband Stephen Belafonte, after he was granted heavily supervised visitation rights with their five-year-old daughter by a Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday.
And now Mel B’s ex-girlfriend Christa Parker, 44, has claimed that the death of the singer’s father Martin Brown in March shocked her into filing for divorce from husband Stephen Belafonte.
The former Spice Girl, 41, separated from Stephen, also 41, in March after 10 years of marriage.
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Wake-up call? Mel B’s ex-girlfriend Christa Parker, 44, has claimed that the death of the singer’s father Martin Brown in March shocked her into filing for divorce from husband Stephen Belafonte
And her former partner Christa has now opened up about Mel, claiming that the British star became estranged from her family- including her mother and sister, after Stephen ’caused a rift between them’.
Speaking to The Mirror, she said: ‘I think that her dad getting sick, the reality of that, and him passing – that hit her full force.’
Describing how Mel used to speak to her mum every day, she added: ‘When her and Stephen got together that just didn’t happen anymore. She got rid of all of her old friends, people that were close to her, because he had to be in control of everything.
‘Her family despised him. Stephen would call Melanie’s mum and sister and just cuss them out and abuse them. He didn’t like Melanie around them, so that’s why she cut them off.’
Family rift: The former Spice Girl, 41,- pictured with father Martin Brown in 2007, separated from Stephen, also 41, in March after 10 years of marriage
This comes after Mel recently claimed in court that Stephen ‘hid her passport’, in an attempt to stop her from visiting her dying father.
MailOnline has contacted her representatives for comment.
Christa also claimed Mel ‘covered up bruises’ in a bid to ‘make excuses for Stephen’.
Mel and Stephen have been locked in a bitter divorce battle since mid-March, following ten years of marriage.
The singer is mum to Phoenix, 18, from her relationship with dancer Jimmy Gulzar, shares youngest daughter Madison, 5, with Stephen, 41, and he also co-parented 10-year-old Angel Iris, whose father Eddie Murphy had limited involvement in her upbringing.
Pictured together in 2007: This picture of Mel with Stephen (left) and father Martin (right) was taken the year the former couple married and before she became estranged from her family
Mel is petitioning for sole custody to Madison and TMZ has also reported that she is planning to make her temporary restraining order permanent after claiming Stephen used ‘racial slurs against her, got the nanny pregnant and was violent towards her in front of the children.’
Mel’s documents state: ‘I am in fear for my safety and that of my children… Likewise the Respondent’s emotional and physical abuse of Petitioner in the presence of the minor child is tantamount to abuse of the minor child.’
‘I have tried to leave the Respondent many times. Every time I tried, the Respondent threatened me with violence and threatened to destroy my life in every way.
Bitter divorce: Stephen (seen in LA on Saturday) is has asked for joint legal and physical custody of Madison, as well as reportedly seeking spousal support
‘He said he would destroy my career and take my kids from me. He threatened to release sexually explicit videotapes claiming I would never again work in the entertainment industry.’
Stephen in turn has asked for joint legal and physical custody of Madison and is ‘fighting to maintain contact’ with Angel, who he was stepfather to from birth after he married Mel two months after she was born.
The documents also show he is asking for spousal support, the documents show, although no figure is stated.
It has also been revealed that Belafonte is ‘fighting to maintain contact’ with step-daughter Angel Iris.
Mum of three: The singer is mum to Phoenix, 18, from her relationship with dancer Jimmy Gulzar, shares youngest daughter Madison, 5, with Stephen, 41, and he also co-parented 10-year-old Angel Iris, whose father Eddie Murphy had limited involvement in her upbringing