I try not to get too caught up in tabloid dramas but there’s something about this story that just doesn’t quite sit right with me. I’m very coscious that all we have to go by on this one is press coverage and that no one can ever really know what goes on behind closed doors, but you could also argue that there’s no smoke without fire.
Stephen Belafonte, well I just can’t figure him out. He seems to want to play the tough guy, a bit of a wannabe gangster and yet everytime I read his name it’s a story that wreaks of cowardice. I can’t claim to be Mel B’s biggest fan either and if the rumours are true that she’s blown her fortune then she needs to accept a chunk of the blame herself – regardless of her moronic husband’s spending habits. Where I do sympathise however, is where the alleged abuse comes in.
“Serious, debilitating abuse at the hands of Belafonte resulting in bodily injury and profound emotional distress.” These are the allegations heard by the LA Superior Court in recent times and these are the allegations that make me forgive Mel’s reputation as being ‘difficult’. Physical abuse doesn’t belong in relationships and a man’s fists don’t belong anywhere near a woman (and vice versa).
And now? Mel has been ordered to pay Belafonte approximately £30,000 per month in spousal support for…wait for it…”basic amenities including food, housing and phone bills”. What the f**k is this man eating?! I’ve read comments online saying it’s such an amount because it’s in line with their lifestyle, well I’m sorry but maybe they just need to change their lifestyle like the rest of us would have to. I’d love to see good old Jeremy Kyle get his hands on Belafonte, “GET A JOB, GET A JOB, GET A JOB!!!”
What really grates on me is that however much Belafonte’s relationship with Mel has broken down she is still the Mother of his kids and when the Mother of your kids is suffering from financial woes (no matter who they are) the last thing you do is ask for 30 grand a month from them!!! And don’t get me started on the judge who granted this request, I mean what planet are we living on?! I guess that’s planet Hollywood for you. The truth is, however much he (or both of them) want to play at point scoring, the kids will undoubtedly suffer and God knows what they’ve already been through.
Stephanie Davis and Jeremy McConnell are another couple who cause a lot of concern, the only difference with them seems to be that their volatile behaviour is that little bit more public. With both couples, however, I guess it’s a case of trying to get to a point where enough is finally enough and I can only assume that’s where Mel is now at, but of course it’s always easier said than done where domestic abuse is concerned. I get a strong feeling that Belafonte has taken much away from Mel in the past, but I just hope that he doesn’t take so much away from her future as well.
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