Mel B revealed that she’s decided to check herself into a facility next month to help her cope with alcohol and sex addiction after being diagnosed with PTSD.
“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,” she told The Sun on Sunday.
The 43-year-old Spice Girl added, “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. 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,” she added.
“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.”
Mel, who says she has been “financially battered” following her split from producer Stephen Belafonte, 43, is determined to get well for the sake of her children Phoenix, 19, Angel, 11, and Madison, six.
She has also begun a pioneering psychotherapy course called EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.
Mel is currently a judge on America’s Got Talent, which has several live shows lined up over the next few weeks.
Mel also tweeted out a link information about PTSD. Additionally, her mother Andrea Brown wrote a post addressing her daughter’s struggle, which the singer re-tweeted.
“I’m so proud of my daughter. She has the courage to face her demons head on and deal with them,” Andrea wrote. “I know what hell she has been through and I know what trauma she has suffered and still suffers. Do not judge because so many people have PTSD and try and numb the pain any way they can. I am proud of her honesty and I am proud my daughter speaks out on a subject that affects so many people.”