Spice Girl, Mel B, has entered a rehabilitation facility to deal with her addiction issues, which manifested themselves as a way to cope with her PTSD after years of emotional and physical abuse by her ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte.
“The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me. I’ve been working with a writer on my book, ‘Brutally Honest,’ and it has been unbelievably traumatic reliving an emotionally abusive relationship and confronting so many massive issues in my life from the death of my dad to my relationship with men,” Mel B told The Sun on Sunday.
The singer had been battling in court with her ex-husband for over a year in regards to spousal support and custody of their child, and it had taken quite a toll on her overall mental health.
“I’ve also been through more than a year of court battles which have left me financially battered and at the mercy of the legal system which is completely weighted against emotionally abused women because it’s very hard to prove how someone took away all your self-respect and self-worth. Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel. But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol — it is underneath all that.”
She says she was diagnosed with PTSD on Aug. 9, and, “after trying many different therapies I started a course of therapy called EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), which in a nutshell works on the memory to deal with some of the very painful and traumatic situations I have been through.”
Mel B has alleged that her ex-husband forced her to have sex with other women while he secretly video taped them, and then threatened to release the videos if she ever tried to leave him. She’s also accused him of punching her in jealous rages, choking her and slamming her against a wooden floor.
The Spice Girl will be entering a ‘proper therapy program’ in the U.K. according to her recent statement so she can deal with the underlying issues that cause her to use her addictions as coping mechanisms.
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