Spice Girls’ Mel B is reportedly engaged to Rory McPhee, her boyfriend of three years. The artist, born Melanie Janine Brown, is a mother to three children. Her oldest, Phoenix Chi Gulzar, was born to Jimmy Gulzar, while Madison Brown Belafonte and Angel Iris Murphy Brown were from her marriages to Stephen Belafonte and Eddie Murphy.
Mel B previously opened up about her abusive situation at home during her ten-year marriage with Belafonte. The singer alleged that he physically abused her and left her feeling powerless for most of the relationship. The duo split in 2017, and Mel went on to become a patron of Women’s Aid, a domestic violence charity.
The British pop star and McPhee officially started dating in 2018 after they reconnected via some friends in L.A. Their relationship got more serious a year later when Mel finished the Spice Girls reunion tour and returned to the UK.
Read on to learn more.
Mel B And Rory McPhee Are Engaged
Recent reports claim that British pop singer Mel B has gotten engaged to her boyfriend, McPhee. The Sun revealed that he proposed to Scary Spice on Wednesday at the luxury country hotel Cliveden House in Berkshire. The hairdresser popped the question with a beautiful £100k ring, and Mel B was only too happy to say yes.
Insiders revealed that the artist was “overwhelmed” and started crying when her boyfriend got on one knee, ring in hand. The ring had a champagne-colored pear-shaped diamond placed in a rose gold band with smaller cut championships diamonds.
“Mel is so happy, and this is such a big deal for her because she has been through such a lot,” the source said. “It has taken a huge amount for a man to get her to trust him and to believe in love again.”
Mel B Said Yes ‘Straight Away’
Prior to her recent relationship, Mel B revealed that she was trapped in an abusive marriage with her second husband, Belafonte. She claimed he left her brutalized on occasions and powerless during their union. Belafonte, however, has vehemently denied the accusations.
According to The Sun, a source divulged that McPhee’s proposal was a big moment for the artist looking back at everything she went through. “She said ‘yes’ straight away,” they said. “But it was incredibly ¬emotional because, after everything she has been through, it was a really big moment for her.”
The insider further revealed that Mel B’s relationship with the hairdresser helped restore her faith in men after her decade-long relationship with Belafonte, which left her feeling “powerless.”
Rory McPhee Is ‘Down To Earth’
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Per The Sun, Mel B has faced a lot of difficulties trusting men after her allegedly abusive relationship with her ex-husband Belafonte. They described McPhee as the opposite of most guys and entirely trustworthy and reliable. “It has taken a huge amount for a man to get her to trust him and to believe in love again,” the source said.
“He’s the absolute opposite of so many of the guys she had relationships with,” they continued. “He has really taken the time to understand what she’s been through. He is madly in love with her.”
Rory McPhee And Mel B Have A Long History
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McPhee was also called a “normal, down-to-earth guy with good morals.” A source for The Sun claimed that the Leeds-born hairdresser had no interest whatsoever in getting famous.
“He is a really normal, down-to-earth guy with good morals who has worked incredibly hard to build his own business and a family business. He’s not flash or interested in the limelight,” they claimed.
The lovebirds are reportedly both from Leeds and knew each other long before they started dating in 2018. The hairdresser was best friends with the Spice Girls member’s cousin, Christian Cooke.
The insider continued, “He comes from a loving family, and his best pal is Mel’s cousin, Christian Cooke. He has really taken the time to understand what she’s been through. He is madly in love with her.”
Phoenix, Mel B’s eldest daughter, was reportedly the first one the singer contacted after the engagement and then announced the news to the rest of her family. She also contacted the other members of the Spice Girls, who have apparently all met McPhee before and liked him.