MEL B, SAYS “IAM NOT A SEX ADDICT,” RESPONDING TO RUMOURS AND AFTER PLANS TO ENTER REHAB FOR PTSD
The Spice Girls singer (real name: Melanie Brown) reportedly released a statement to The Sun on Saturday, Aug. 25, which she started off with, "The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me."
The 43-year-old revealed that penning her memoir "Brutally Honest" has brought to the surface personal traumas, including those from an "emotionally abusive relationship." She said she was diagnosed recently with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Brown shared that she has been drinking to "numb my pain."
"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 have made the decision to go into a proper therapy programme 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."
Her motivation for seeking professional help is her children-Phoenix, 19; Angel, 11; and Madison, 6. Brown settled her divorce with film producer Stephen Belafonte, Madison's father, last Aug. 7, as per TMZ. She filed for divorce in March 2017 after 10 years of marriage.
The singer claimed her ex-husband was abusive and was granted a temporary restraining order. The abuse allegations were reportedly dropped as their divorce was settled.
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"I do address a lot of those issues. But you know, no, I'm not an alcoholic. No, I'm not a sex addict," she continued on the show. "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 we're on this show” let's keep it P.C. But yeah, I address a lot of those issues [in the book] and I did kind of have to ease my pain...I do suffer a lot from PTSD."
As a result, the star has decided to enter a "proper therapy program" in the coming weeks, as she told The Sun.
"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," she said in remarks issued to the newspaper. "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."
As her explanation continued, "Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel. But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol t is underneath all that." Mel B noted she has been at a "crisis point" and that she was recently diagnosed with PTSD.
"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," the mother of three added. "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."