Behind America's Got Talent Judge Mel B's decision to enter rahab

Former Spice Girls member Mel B is opening up about her decision to “go into a proper therapy program,” as revealed in what appeared to be an exclusive statement to British tabloid The Sun, published over the weekend.

The 43-year-old America’s Got Talent judge whose real name is Melanie Brown, recalled “drinking to numb my pain” and a recent post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis in the statement.

On Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Brown offers guest host Lea Michele insight to her struggles. Offering clarification, the singer says the news “got a little bit skewed with.”

“My therapy changed a little bit because I was in a very intense relationship, which you can all read about in my book,” Brown says, referencing her memoir Brutally Honest set to publish in November.

“So, I do address a lot of those issues,” she tells Michele. “But no, I’m not an alcoholic. No, I’m not a sex addict. I was with the same person (ex-husband Stephen Belafonte) for 10 years, and that was quite a turmoil, very intense.

“That’s all I can say about it,” she continues. “I’d like to say a lot more, but on this show, let’s keep it PC. But yeah, I address a lot of those issues, and I did kind of have to ease my pain.” She added: “I do suffer a lot from PTSD.”

Brown and Belafonte split last year after a long, public battle in which the singer at one point accused Belafonte of domestic violence and humiliation. She also recently hinted that the Spice Girls might be reforming this year.

 

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