Mel B revealed that her mother thought her daughter had “done something wrong” when she received an official letter for her MBE.
Spice Girl, 46, from Leeds, was named MBE for her tireless campaign to stop domestic violence and help abuse victims on the Queen’s New Year’s Honors list.
However, Scary Spice Mel, whose full name is Melanie Brown, revealed how her mother Andrea Brown initially thought her daughter was in trouble after receiving the letter from Her Majesty’s service.
Singer Wannabe, who has now been recognized for her services to charitable causes and vulnerable women, recalled the moment the official letter arrived at her home.
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“My mother called to tell me that a registered letter from Her Majesty’s service had arrived,” Mel told The Sun.
“He said: ‘You did something wrong, you got an official letter from the government.’
He continued: “I opened it and read it, but I couldn’t understand it. My mother was standing there and said, ‘Are you okay?’ but I couldn’t speak for years, then I burst into tears, I felt so shocked and thrilled. “
Mel recently shot a heartwarming short film earlier this year that depicted a woman’s escape from her abusive husband through a beautiful yet haunting dance for Women’s Aid, choreographed by Ashley Wallen of The Greatest Showman.
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.
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.
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 also joined Good Morning Britain star Kate Garraway and Diversity dancer Ashley Banjo on the prestigious list, received 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.