Celebrities who were victims of domestic violence

Mel B opens up about living in an abusive relationship for 10 years

Stars Insider

12/01/23 | StarsInsider


According to statistics, one in four women in America has been subject to severe physical violence by an intimate partner, and Hollywood isn't left out of this tragic reality. In fact, many celebrities have suffered the trauma of domestic abuse, either as children or in their romantic relationships. 

Spice Girl Melanie "Mel B" Brown recently opened up about the horrific relationship she endured for 10 years. The singer is taking part in the reality TV series 'Special Forces: World's Toughest Test.' In the Jan. 11 episode, Brown revealed that she was taking part in the show to heal from her past. "This for me is just about taking back my own power, my own control." She continued, "I dealt with it in bits and pieces, but then the reminder of the self-worthlessness and being called so many names day after day for 10 years, it comes back when I get told, for example, that you've done really well, because when that happened, I would always go home to something that was just devastatingly bad."

The abusive partner is likely Brown's ex-husband Stephen Belafonte, as she stated, "10 years I was in that and I've been out of it for seven years." Brown and Belafonte were married from 2007 to 2017. In court documents from their divorce, Brown accused Belafonte of mental and physical abuse. "He threatened me with violence and threatened to destroy my life in every possible way...destroy my career and take my kids from me." 

There's no doubt that domestic violence leaves deep, painful wounds that can last a lifetime. Click through the gallery to learn about the other celebrities who survived. 

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