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Mel B Clarifies Why She’s Seeking Treatment

Mel B Clarifies Why She’s Seeking Treatment
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“America’s Got Talent” judge Mel B says her earlier comments about rehab were “a little bit skewed.”

In an interview with Lea Michele, who was guest hosting for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Mel B said, “Now, I’ve been in therapy since my father got diagnosed with cancer nine years ago… My therapy changed a little bit because I was in a very intense relationship, which you can all read about in my book [‘Brutally Honest’], which is out online now… I do address a lot of those issues.”

She continued, “But you know, no, I’m not an alcoholic. No, I’m not a sex addict. You know, I was with the same person for 10 years and that was quite a turmoil, very intense. That’s all I can say about it. I’d like to say a lot more, but let’s just keep it PC. But ya, I address a lot of those issues and I did kind of have to ease my pain… I do suffer a lot from PTSD.”

Previously, 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.”