Mel B was left with less than $1000 after her bitter split with abusive ex-husband Stephen Belafonte

The Spice Girl claims that her ex-husband usurped most of her fortune but says 'finally, after 10 years, I was free'


                            Mel B was left with less than $1000 after her bitter split with abusive ex-husband Stephen Belafonte

Mel B has shockingly revealed that she was left with a little less than $1,000 in her bank account after her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte took over her £80 million fortune.

In her new autobiography 'Brutally Honest', the former Spice Girl talks about how she was abused by Belafonte and then all her belongings, including luxury properties, collections of art and furniture, were reduced to a meager bank account and a suitcase full of clothes at the end of her marriage, reported Daily Mail. Describing her past in her book she says, "In the past 20-something years of my life, I have made more than £80million. When I met my second husband [Belafonte], I had a house and a loft apartment in LA and a good career. When I left him I walked away with $936 in a bank."

She continued, "I became a woman who didn't have her own computer, didn't drive herself, didn't know her bank details, didn't make decisions." Despite losing so much, she recounts that "finally, after 10 years, I was free."

Mel B and ex-husband pictured together in California in 2016 (Getty Images)
Mel B and ex-husband pictured together in California in 2016 (Getty Images)

The former couple had been warring with each other since their divorce became final almost a year ago. In a California court, the duo reached a settlement over the custody of their seven-year-old daughter, Madison, which gave them joint custody. The court also ruled that Mel and Belafonte have to stay 200 yards away from each other and Mel B will have to pay her ex-partner $5,000 a month in child support.

Their long-standing feud came to a close this week when Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas issued a 45-page judgment confirming that they keep joint custody of Madison, but included a string of strict guidelines. In the court order, under the section 'Personal Conduct Orders', the instructions clearly state that "neither Mel — real name Melanie Brown — or Belafonte 'shall harass, attack, strike, threaten, assault (sexually or otherwise), hit, follow, stalk, molest destroy property, disturb the peace, keep under surveillance (on the Internet, electronically or otherwise) or block the movements of the other party'."

Mel B and Stephen Belafonte in happier times (Getty Images)
Mel B and Stephen Belafonte in happier times (Getty Images)

The court judgment has also split up other assets that were one of the causes for their dispute. The former couple has to split the gym equipment from their former marital home. Belafonte alone gets the 2015 Cadillac Escalade while Mel gets the two 2017 Subaru Outbacks and the two Range Rovers, the studio equipment from the house and a Spice Girls video game console that is very close to her heart, but she has to pay Belafonte $2,500 for it.

Belafonte and Mel split up in March 2017 and divorced last December. Their bitter split made headlines as both continued to sling mud at each other with tales of sex, drug and alcohol abuse, including allegations of domestic violence.