Mel B, 44, is ‘dating handsome hairdresser Rory McPhee, 31, and can’t stop smiling when she’s with her easygoing beau’
Mel B is reportedly dating her ‘easy going’ hairdresser Rory McPhee.
The Spice Girl, 44, and Rory, 31, are said to have been dating ‘on and off for the past two years’ and went to a friend’s wedding together five weeks ago, making their romance official.
A source told The Sun that the pair are ‘keeping things casual’ but that Mel ‘can’t stop smiling when she’s around’ the hair stylist.
New love? Mel B, 44, is allegedly dating hairdresser Rory McPhee, 31, after meeting through her cousin. They are pictured with makeup artist Anna Shakh
They said: ‘Mel isn’t looking for a serious relationship, and Rory is very easygoing, so they are keeping things very casual and chilled for now.
‘As far as they are both concerned, they are happy and that’s all that matters. Mel can’t stop smiling when she’s around him.’
The pair are said to have met through Mel’s cousin, the actor Christian Cooke.
Hair stylist Rory splits his time between Leeds and London and runs salon Rory James while also posting pictures online of his work with TV show Loose Women.
MailOnline has contacted Mel B’s representatives for comment.
Happy: The Spice Girl, pictured with Rory and makeup artist Renee Camilleri, allegedly ‘can’t stop smiling’ when she’s around the hairdresser
Mel B recently swapped her Hollywood home for Leeds, telling Jonathan Ross that she had moved back in with her mother.
She said: ‘[I’m] back in Leeds. She’s kind of shoved to one side of the house. Not literally [kicked her out]. My mum has built a beautiful house. We’re surrounded by like sheep. It’s Yorkshire, so it’s all very kind of country and nature.
‘She kind of has a bit of the house. I’ve got three kids, so I have more of the house than she does,’ Mel continued.
Work: Rory often shares snaps on his Instagram account of him cutting Mel B’s hair and the pair laughing together
She also spoke about her love life on the show, telling the host that she is single and focusing on her children Phoenix Chi, 20, Angel, 12, and eight-year-old Madison.
Mel said: ‘No [not looking for a new partner]. I really love Leeds. I think relationships for me are a little bit scary, especially where I’ve come from.
‘I’m really happy just raising my three kids which takes up most of my time. Apart from that I’m working, I’m a single mum at the end of the day.’
Hometown: Rory runs a salon in Leeds and Mel B moved back to the city recently after moving in with her mum when she left her Hollywood home
Together? Mel B looked glamorous for an appearance on Loose Women after Rory did her hair
Last week Mel revealed she is haunted by a terrifying nightmare in which her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte cuts her finger off.
She said she had to be calmed down by her mother Andrea after waking up from the haunting dream, which was triggered by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Mel was diagnosed with PTSD after she accused Stephen, 44, of emotional and physical abuse during their 10-year marriage – something he has always vehemently denied.
Reliving the terrifying nightmare, Mel told the Sun on Sunday: ‘I came running down the stairs because I thought my ex had cut my finger off, I thought it had actually happened because he was threatening to do that.
‘I was convinced my finger was gone and my mum had to reassure me it was still there.
‘I have to remind myself that I’m living in the present and that the flashback is my brain playing tricks on me.’
Having fun: A source said that Mel and Rory, pictured with pal Myles Brown during spice tour rehearsals, are ‘keeping things casual and chilled for now’
Mel and Stephen separated in December 2016, with the TV presenter accusing Belafonte of ’emotional and physical abuse’.
Speaking about her struggle with PTSD after their divorce was finalised in 2017, Mel previously said on Lorraine earlier this year: ‘Unfortunately I experienced a ten year marriage that was very, very abusive on every single level.
‘When I got out, I decided it was about time that I spoke about it and by speaking about it, I didn’t realise how many people had been in the same situation.
‘It’s everything that I went through and am still going through because of that abusive relationship.’
Mel also discussed how she tried to commit suicide just days before The X Factor’s 2014 final.
On her attempt to take her own life, Mel said: ‘There is a statistic that every week three women take their own lives to flee that kind of relationship.
‘That’s exactly what I did in 2014. Luckily, I was one of the lucky ones and I did come through the other side and I am here to tell my own story. It’s important to get the therapy, be nice to yourself. I still wake up, I woke up this morning with a lot of anxiety, just the shock of, ‘No, I am not with that person anymore. I am fine.’
‘I am building myself and healing myself. I have a lot of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy for my PTSD and anxiety. It’s just a working journey that I am going to be always working on.’
Her ex: Mel and ex-gusband Stephen separated in December 2016, with her accusing him of ’emotional and physical abuse’ – something which he has always vehemently denied
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