Mel B. To Enter Rehab For Sex And Alcohol Addiction
Spice Girls singer Melanie Brown has shared that she’s entering rehab to combat alcohol and sex addictions.
In an interview with The Sun, Mel B. said the decision came in the wake of writing her memoir and the words from a close friend.
“The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me. I’ve been working with a writer on my book, Brutally Honest, and it has been unbelievably traumatic reliving an emotionally abusive relationship and confronting so many massive issues in my life. I am being very honest about drinking to numb my pain but that is just a way a lot of people mask what is really going on.”
A friend of the 43-year-old America’s Got Talent judge, Rusty Updegraff, called her sex-crazed after Brown told him she’d slept with three men in one day in the aftermath of her divorce from Stephen Belafonte. Updegraff claimed that Brown also slept with fellow singer Aaron Carter, now 30.
Brown said, “Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel. But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol. It is underneath all that. I am fully aware I have been at a crisis point. No one knows myself better than I do but I am dealing with it. I have made the decision to go into a proper therapy program in the next few weeks, but it has to be in the UK because I am very, very British and I know that will work best for me.”
Brown says she’s decided to speak publicly about her issues and her decision to seek treatment in an effort to help other people.
“I am still struggling but if I can shine a light on the issue of pain, PTSD and the things men and women do to mask it, I will do. I am speaking about this because this is a huge issue for so many people.”
Brown, who describes herself as “financially battered” since her divorce from Belafonte, says she’s also working to get well for the sake of her children, Phoenix, 19, Angel, 11, and Madison, 6.
Brown has also begun a new psychotherapy course called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
She said, “I have recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. I don’t want to jinx it, but so far it’s really helping me. I’m not perfect and I have never pretended to be. But I am working on being a better version of myself for my kids-whom I love more than life itself-and for all the people who have supported me.”
In divorce documents, Brown alleged that Belafonte was both physically and emotionally abusive, claiming that he made her have sex with other women and got their 26-year-old nanny pregnant. Belafonte has denied claims of abuse.
We certainly commend her for speaking so honestly about this issue and are wishing her all the best.