After nearly a decade of marriage, former Spice Girls singer Mel B, filed for divorce from her husband Stephen Belafonte in March 2017.
Just like all other celebrity marriages that ended in divorce, Mel, whose real name is Melanie Brown, cited "irreconcilable differences" and asked for joint custody of their five-year-old daughter, Madison.
At first, everything seemed to have been working out like the average, run-of-the-mill divorce, but as more details about their relationship became available, things started looking very ugly.
According to the court documents, the America's Got Talent judge had endured years of verbal and physical abuse while married to the film producer.
A month after she filed for divorce, she requested a restraining order against her former spouse, and decided that she no longer wanted him to have joint custody of Madison.
The public then came to learn about the extent of the abuse that Mel experienced. Apparently, it started in 2007 on the night of her Dancing with the Stars finale. She was home getting ready when Stephen began choking her and slammed her down onto floors. She says this was the pattern ... when she achieved any measure of success, he would "beat me down to let me know he was in charge."
The situation only worsened after that day.
The singer alleged that Stephen split her lip after he became jealous of Usher, who she was taping an X Factor segment with back in 2012. That same year, after her performing at the Olympics closing ceremony, Stephen punched and pushed her down on the carpet until she suffered rug burns.
Whenever she tried to leave, he threatened to release sex tapes of her or kill her. To hide the abuse, Mel would send tweets that reassured the public that the marks on her body and the injuries she sustained were caused by something else, like a fall or allergic reaction.
At some point, in 2014, things were so bad that she attempted suicide by taking an entire bottle of Aspirin. She tried calling 999 and he blocked her, throwing her in the bedroom, locking the door and "telling me to 'die, b***h!'"
After she filed for divorce, a judge granted Mel B a restraining order, so Stephen can leave her and her children alone.
Stephen then requested visitation rights with Madison as well as his step-daughters, Angel Murphy Brown and Phoenix Chi Gulzar, but new documents have surfaced and things don't look good for him at all.
Turns out, Mel wasn't the only one who experienced Stephen's abuse. Their daughters were also subjected to some horrible treatments.