Mel B keeps a piece of surgically removed skin tattooed with ex-husband Stephen Belafonte's name in a jar
Mel B admits she just wanted to 'feel fresh and new again and untouched by that person' and a lot of the surgery had to do with 'getting out of the abusive relationship'
Mel B seems to be holding on to a very painful piece of her past as the 43-year-old shared that she removed a tattoo of her former husband Stephen Belafonte's name from her ribs. She had the tattoo surgically removed and chose to keep the piece of skin in a jar above her wardrobe.
As reported by Metro UK, Mel B appeared for an interview on 'Loose Women' and shared, "I’ve saved it in a jar, which sounds a bit strange, I know. It’s at the top of my wardrobe. Nobody can see it, but I know it’s there and it’s off my body." She further explained how she had wanted the tattoo tribute removed from her body but was clear that she did not want to go through the usual laser removal treatment.
She said, "I just thought I can’t go through the pain of getting it lasered so I convinced a doctor to cut it off my body," before revealing that the tattoo read "Stephen, till death do us part you own my heart." Mel then discussed her horrible marriage to Stephen and spoke about her bitter divorce and said, "It sounds horrific, but what I went through was so horrific. A lot of my surgery was to do with getting out of my abusive relationship. It was almost like a cleanse. I just wanted to feel fresh and new again and untouched by that person."
"It’s like if you’re a rape victim the first thing you want to do is get in a bath and wash everything off you. I didn’t want to have any remnants of him on me," she continued. Melanie Brown's nasty divorce with Stephen was finally settled very recently.
During her appearance on the talk show, Mel also spoke about the impact that it had on her relationship with her late dad, Martin. "I’m one of the lucky ones. It took the passing of my father to give me the strength to go, 'Okay, my dad’s now dead, and now I have to have the strength to carry on in a positive way and stop living in this lie and pretending nothing’s happening and it’s all a facade.' I wanted for it to just stop. I wanted to have one night where I could just go to sleep peacefully and safely."
"When you’ve given your power to somebody and they just really badly abuse it — and your trust and your honesty and respect — that takes so long to gain that confidence back," she added.
She eventually decided to tell her father what was going on and could not have been happier after doing so. Mel revealed, "I whispered in his ear … 'When you take your last breath, I’m going to go and divorce a monster', and then he looked at me and took his last breath. I knew that I had to land and go straight to work from the plane… When I landed, I was so happy."