“America’s Got Talent” judge Mel B has decided to check into rehab to better herself.
Mel told The Sun UK, “The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me… 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. 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.”
“I am being very honest about drinking to numb my pain, but that is just a way a lot of people mask what is really going on,” Mel 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.”
Along with claiming that she was “financially battered” after her split from Stephen Belafonte, the 43-year-old shared, “I have recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. I don’t want to jinx it, but so far it’s really helping me. 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 — whom I love more than life itself — and for all the people who have supported me.”
Mel noted that she was working on her book “Brutally Honest,” admitting, “it has been unbelievably traumatic reliving an emotionally abusive relationship and confronting so many massive issues in my life.”
Mel has the support of her mom Andrea Brown, who tweeted, “I’m so proud of my daughter. She has the courage to face her demons head on and deal with them. 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.”
In court documents filed before their divorce was finalized last year, Mel accused Stephen of physical abuse, extortion, and impregnating their nanny. He “vehemently” denied her allegations, saying they were “outrageous” and “unfounded.”