The “America’s Got Talent” judge revealed in a new interview that she’s been battling issues with alcohol and sex addiction.
“I have also made the decision to go into a proper therapy programme 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,” she told The Sun. “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.”
The Spice Girls star says she was diagnosed with PTSD and she’s been working on it in therapy. She adds, “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.”
As The Blast first reported, Mel B revealed in June that she was hospitalized after suffering a panic attack at the mere thought of seeing her ex.
In a court filing, Mel B said that on June 12, she was on her way to the family home to meet Belafonte so they could each retrieve their personal property.
“On my way to the Cordell property, I was unable to attend the meeting,” she says. “My heart began racing and I was having extreme difficulty breathing. I began to have flashbacks of incidents where Stephen would terrorize me in front of the children. The thought of returning to the Cordell property to face my abuser again, brought to the surface every name hurled at me, every tear I shed at the hands of Stephen, every physical beating that I suffered from him.”
Mel B continued, “Due to my extreme terror of Stephen and thought of having to be in a confined space anywhere near him again, I had a full-blown panic attack. I was hospitalized at Cedar Sinai Hospital that afternoon.”
She says when she checked into the hospital, she did so under an alias so she could “avoid any paparazzi gaining information concerning my hospital stay.”
Mel B ended her statement to The Sun by saying, “I am speaking about this because this is a huge issue for so many people. 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, for my family and for all the people who have supported me in my life.”