Mel B Is ‘Willing to Do Whatever It Takes’ to Prove She Is ‘Stable’ Amid Custody Battle With Ex.
Mel B. is hoping for a happy ending. A spokesperson for the singer issued a statement to Us Weekly after the Los Angeles County Superior Court found she is a habitual, frequent drug abuser.
Melanie is willing to do whatever it takes to provide proof to the court that she is a stable person, Gary Madatyan told Us exclusively on Thursday, September 6. She was ordered to take one test a week, but Melanie wanted to do more, and offered to do it twice a week. Melanie will be drug tested twice a week.
Madatyan added: It's Melanie's hope that through this process, she and Stephen [Belafonte] will be able to co-parent Madison without intrusions from outsiders.
The statement comes just hours after Us Weekly obtained court documents dated Tuesday, September 4, in which Judge Mark Juhas stated: Based on the evidence presented, the court finds that there is a habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances/alcohol by the petitioner [Mel B].
The 43-year-old America's Got Talent judge is currently fighting a custody battle with Belafonte, 43 "whom she was married to from 2007 to 2017” over their 7-year-old daughter, Madison. The court also ordered the former couple to both pay 50 percent of the drug testing that will be conducted by a federally approved facility at the singer's home, as well as to hire a new nanny who must be on hand at all times when Mel B is with Madison.
Following the former Spice Girls member's denial about abusing drugs and alcohol during a court filing on August 31, she and Belafonte reached a private settlement in their custody case. Mel B is currently seeking treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.