Mel B enters rehab for PTSD after six "incredibly difficult" months of drinking and sex addiction
The singer says that she is reaching what she has described as a ‘crisis point' after being diagnosed with PTSD.
Former Spice Girl and recent divorcee Mel B has revealed her plan to enter a British rehab facility after being diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She has admitted to relying on heavy drinking to get through some very traumatic periods in her life, including the death of her father Martin Brown and the very messy divorce battle with her former husband Stephen Belafonte, who was also allegedly abusive. She had to relive these memories while writing her yet-to-be-released autobiography ‘Brutally Honest.’
The television personality claims to have reached a “crisis point,” which is what has forced her to seek help. Claiming that the past six months have been incredibly difficult for her, Mel B said, “I am being very honest about drinking to numb my pain but that is just a way a lot of people mask what is really going on.”
“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 told The Sun, adding, "I am fully aware I have been at a crisis point. No one knows myself better than I do - but I am dealing with it.”
Rusty Updegraff, a close friend of the singer allegedly also told the newspaper that she has been “sex-crazed” and apparently slept with up to three men in one day in the wake of her bitter divorce, 30-year-old Aaron Carter being one of her sexual partners. Mel B, who claims to be “very, very British” says she has decided to join a “proper” therapy program in the UK, because she knows "that will work best” for her.
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The Leeds-born singer, who had claimed to be financially struggling post her divorce wants to get better for her children - Phoenix, 19, Angel, 11, and Madison, six – while also shining a light on the issue of pain, PTSD and other mental health issues that people usually try to mask.
“I am speaking about this because this is a huge issue for so many people,” says Mel B.