Mel B made MBE for domestic violence campaigning

Mel B, whose full name is Melanie Brown, was named MBE for her tireless campaign to stop domestic violence and help abuse victims.

It was previously reported that the former Spice Girls singer would be named on the Queen’s New Year Honors list before Christmas, with the official list now being released.

The 46-year-old mother of three was honored for her services to charitable causes and vulnerable women.

Among her other works, Mel shot a heartwarming short film earlier this year that depicted a woman’s escape from her abusive husband through a beautiful but eerie dance for Women’s Aid.

The video was choreographed by Ashley Wallen of The Greatest Showman and was set to an instrumental track by composer Fabio D’Andrea.



Mel B was named on the Queen’s New Year Honors list



Earlier this year, Mel starred as a severely beaten woman for a devastating video for Women's Aid
Earlier this year, Mel starred as a severely beaten woman for a devastating video for Women’s Aid

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In the film, Mel can be seen portraying the horror of a wife who is repeatedly mentally and physically abused by her husband.

The trauma is brought together through contemporary dance work and Mel eventually breaks free, as she was eventually seen running away from her attacker.

The powerful video was praised by fans and critics alike, as the Leeds-born star continues to focus on helping women and victims of domestic abuse.

Mel said at the time that she was inspired by some of the stories of women she had heard as the charity’s proud patron.

The television personality also used her stance in politics as she delivered a report on domestic abuse to the government at 10 Downing Street in 2019.



UNIVERSAL CITY, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 04: Visits by Mel B "Extra" at Universal Studios Hollywood on December 04, 2018 in Universal City, California.  (Photo by Noel Vasquez / Getty Images)
Mel B was praised for her work on the short film for Women’s Aid

Mel also came forward and spoke boldly about her experiences with domestic abuse, claiming that her ex-husband and film producer Stephen Belafonte abused her physically and mentally.

The star split from Belafonte in 2017 after nearly a decade and then asked for restraining orders against him and their ex-nanny Lorraine Gilles, also asking for a divorce from her ex-husband.

The star claimed that Belafonte subjected her to years of mental torment and physical abuse, and Gilles had conspired with him to threaten to release explicit videos of her.

A domestic violence trial was supposed to go on, but was halted in November of the same year after the singer settled with her ex-husband and their ex-nanny.

Judge Mark Juhas told the court at the time that the case had been resolved and the temporary restraining orders had been dissolved.



GREENHITHE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 28: Mel B meets fans and signs copies of her new memoir "Brutally honest" at Waterstones Bluewater on November 28, 2018 in Penzance, England.  (Photo by Mark Milan / Getty Images)
Mel B released his autobiography Brutally Honest in 2018

The former couple, who share their 10-year-old daughter Madison, reached a divorce settlement in court in 2018.

Mel then published her autobiography Brutally Honest in the same year, in which she made further claims against Belafonte about the mental and physical abuse she suffered from him.

The producer has repeatedly denied all of Mel’s allegations.

Gilles also denied all claims made against her and filed a libel suit against Mel in April 2019 after two years earlier he called his ex nanny a “prostitute” and a “house destroyer”. The former Spice Girl paid $ 1.8 million to settle down with Gilles.

Mel, who joins Good Morning Britain star Kate Garraway and Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo on the prestigious list, will receive the award for her “passionate” campaign for the cause, according to a The Sun source.

Along with a host of new MBEs, Absolutely Fabulous actress Joanna Lumley, British star Vanessa Redgrave and EastEnders icon June Brown will all receive Damehoods via the Order of the British Empire.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the issues raised in this article, you can contact Women’s Aid or call the National Domestic Violence Helpline’s 24-hour toll-free number, operated by Refuge at 0808 2000 247.

If you or someone you know has been affected by the issues raised in this article, you can contact Women’s Aid or call the National Domestic Violence Helpline’s 24-hour toll-free number, operated by Refuge at 0808 2000 247.

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