Mel B appeared to take a swipe at estranged spouse Stephen Belafonte by wearing a dress emblazoned with the words “You Will Never Own Me” to the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night (27Aug17).
The former Spice Girls star has been locked in a bitter divorce battle with her producer spouse for the past few months, after initially claiming that he had emotionally and physically abused her as she announced their split in March (17).
Since filing for divorce, numerous claims have emerged about Stephen’s allegedly controlling behaviour, which Mel appeared to hint at with her bold fashion choice at the Californian ceremony.
The mother-of-three donned a sparkling Discount Universe midi dress, which featured the words in different coloured sequins, as she posed on the red carpet with pals including her fellow America’s Got Talent judge Heidi Klum.
Mel’s outfit statement came after her legal team asked the judge overseeing her messy divorce battle to keep the case private. The singer claims that her allegations about her marriage, including the report that Stephen impregnated the family nanny, are beginning to affect her daughters Phoenix, 18, Angel, 10, and five-year-old Madison.
In papers filed on Thursday and obtained by TMZ, Mel claimed her estranged husband seems to be enjoying the media attention surrounding their divorce, but she’s tired of reporters and photographers hounding her and the kids, especially their daughter Madison.
‘While he (Stephen) may enjoy the media attention, the minor child of this marriage did not ask to be placed in the centre of this mounting storm,” the latest complaint stated.
A hearing has been set for next month (Sep17), when the judge will decide whether to seal the case going forward.
Stephen recently won a small custody battle when the judge ruled he could apply for visitation rights to his stepdaughter Angel, whose biological father is Eddie Murphy.