We hate to hear this.
As we reported, Mel B recently got a restraining order against her estranged husband, Stephen Belafonte, who she claims has been abusive for years.
According to TMZ, the former Spice Girl was visibly injured on several occasions at the hands of her longtime partner — but the authorities were never called, and her bruises were just covered with makeup.
This is incredibly heartbreaking, if true!!
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It sounds like the TV personality always tried to make excuses for why her face was swollen – and there was even one time in particular where she was hospitalized for two days after allegedly suffering a beating. Wow.
The outlet also says the 41-year-old's colleagues often said Belafonte was "abusive and demanding"… but once again, nothing was done about it.
If these claims are as troubling as they sound, we're definitely glad something is being done about it now!
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