7 biggest bombshells from Mel B's new memoir: Suicide, a rude royal, her sexuality and more

Mel B is opening up like never before in her new book, Brutally Honest.

The 43-year-old Spice Girl holds nothing back as she discusses her mental health struggles, sexuality and drug use. Mel also delves into her love life, including her rarely discussed relationship with Eddie Murphy and her tumultuous 10-year marriage to Stephen Belafonte.

With anecdotes about rude royals, death scares and societal pressure, Brutally Honest is a can't-miss read for fans when it hits shelves on Nov. 27.

Here are seven of the biggest takeaways from Mel's revealing book, and be sure to tune into ET's exclusive interview with the 43-year-old entertainer on Tuesday's show.

1. Her suicide attempt

Mel says feeling "so lonely, isolated and misunderstood" led to her considering taking her own life.

“My life was a sham. Behind the glitter of fame, I felt emotionally battered, estranged from my family. I felt ugly and detested by the very man who once promised to love and protect me, my husband and manager, Stephen,” she writes. “...So there I was. Trapped in the vice of my own celebrity image. All smiles on the outside, misery and self-loathing on the inside, always telling the world how happy I was when really all I ever wanted was to scream for help."

After swallowing many pills, Mel experienced instant regret as she thought about her three daughters, Phoenix, 19, Angel, 11, and Madison, 7. She then called Stephen, her husband the time, to help her get out of the bathroom.

"I couldn’t let myself go under. I had to believe things could get better. I couldn’t do it to my girls, my family or all those people who actually believed in me. I looked in the mirror and said, ‘No.’ Suicide was not the answer," she continues. "I had to make my life count. I had to get to a hospital, I had to get those pills out of my stomach before anything happened."

She eventually awoke in the hospital with Phoenix at her bedside, "furious, shaking, full of rage."

"Of all the memories from all those hours, it is the one that still floors me... it’s like a knife through my heart... It was the saddest moment of my life," she recalls. "It will always live with me. All I ever want is for her to know how sorry I am, how lost I was and how I will never, ever abandon her again.”

Against doctor's orders and with "serious damage" to her liver and kidneys, Mel returned to The X Factor shortly after her suicide attempt. 

"I was giving the British press confirmation of all the [rumors] that had swirling for years about the state I was in," she writes. "I would stand proud in this stunning white dress with the marks of my agony all over me. I asked for my hair to be pulled right back from my face, I needed to be seen. I needed all those bruises to be seen."

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AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'Live Quarter Finals Results 2' Episode 1314 -- Pictured: Mel B -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 22: (L-R) Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell and Mel B attend a ceremony honoring Cowell with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 22, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 21: Mel B attends 'America's Got Talent' Season 13 Live Show Red Carpet at Dolby Theatre on August 21, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 14: Mel B attends 'America's Got Talent' Season 13 Live Show Red Carpet at Dolby Theatre on August 14, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
TODAY -- Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Mel B on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - MAY 02: TV host Mel B attends NBCUniversal's Summer Press Day 2018 at The Universal Studios Backlot on May 2, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'Judge's Cuts 1' Episode 1307 -- Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Mel B, Ken Jeong, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 24: Mel B arrives at the Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 24: Heidi Klum (L) and Mel B attend Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/KCA2018/Getty Images for Nickelodeon)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'Auditions' -- Pictured: Mel B -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'Auditions' -- Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Ventriloquist-singer Darci Lynne Farmer (L) and Singer-songwriter-TV personality Mel B attend NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Finale at the Dolby Theatre on September 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'Live Finale Results' Episode 1224 -- Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandell, Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Mel B arrives at the NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Finale Week at Dolby Theatre on September 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'Live Results 4' -- Pictured: Mel B -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Mel B, Melanie Brown arrives at the Premiere Of NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 at Dolby Theatre on August 15, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 15: Mel B, Melanie Brown arrives at the Premiere Of NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 at Dolby Theatre on August 15, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'Live Show 1' -- Pictured: Mel B -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'Judge Cuts' Episode 1210 -- Pictured: Mel B -- (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Singer Mel B and family attend City Year Los Angeles Spring Break on May 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- 'Judge Cuts' Episode 1211 -- Pictured: Mel B -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - APRIL 27: Singer Mel B arrives at NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Judge Cut Rounds at the NBC Universal Lot on April 27, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
PASADENA, CA - MARCH 27: Mel B attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 12 kickoff at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 27, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - APRIL 27: Singer Mel B arrives at NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Judge Cut Rounds at the NBC Universal Lot on April 27, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
AMERICA'S GOT TALENT -- Auditions Pasadena Civic Auditorium -- Pictured: Mel B -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - MARCH 27: Mel B attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 12 kickoff at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 27, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Singer/Model Mel B is seen walking in Soho on January 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK - JANUARY 17: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Mel B during Tuesday's 01/17/16 show in New York. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk/CBS via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 18: Singer/Model Mel B is seen walking in Soho on January 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Singer and television personality Mel B enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at Ed Sullivan Theater on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 17: Singer and television personality Mel B enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at Ed Sullivan Theater on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
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2. At one point she was "probably taking five or six lines" of cocaine a day

Two weeks into filming The X Factor, Mel says she started using cocaine to "get me through the run of show, to get me through living with Stephen, which felt like neurotic claustrophobia, and -- for deeper, darker reasons -- to get me through the emotional gridlock of being so geographically close to my family in Leeds and my Spice ‘sisters’ in London. On so many levels, I felt myself sinking.”

Though she's "not proud" of her cocaine use, it did help her "to have a line of that white powder when I got up in the morning.”

“Most of the time, getting up and working, and then spending the time with my daughters, was enough to keep me going," she writes. "But a few weeks into filming, I could feel I was starting to sink. I could feel the dark cloud of depression descending. I didn’t want all the crap in my life to get in the way of the job I wanted to do, and knew, I was doing really well. So, as insane as it may sound, my quick fix answer was cocaine.”

“I had a routine, I’d wake up in the morning and snort two lines. Then I would pray: ‘God, I’m sorry for taking cocaine, but please, God, help me get through the day.’ I was ashamed of what I was doing, but I felt I had to have it,” she reveals. “... The cocaine only made my mental state worse because – as a lot of people know – cocaine makes you even more paranoid. I was probably taking five or six lines a day before and after work.”

3. She says the Spice Girls were told to lose weight

During the early days of the Spice Girls, Mel says Geri Halliwell confided in her that she struggled with an eating disorder.

“I barely saw her eat, but I didn’t think about it. Apart from me and Emma [Bunton] (my partner in crime in midnight snacks and fried breakfasts), all the girls were quite quirky eaters," Mel writes. "Melanie [C] ate mushed-up vegetables, and Vic[toria Beckham] only ever ate bread sticks and dips. I didn’t think twice about it, and it was only years later after Mel C and Geri started to speak out about their eating disorders and the pain they went through that I really began to think deeply about it."

Despite being "completely oblivious" to the seriousness of Geri's eating disorder -- and feeling "so awful" after she learned more -- Mel now understands Geri's decision to leave the group during their European tour.

"She was depressed, she was anxious, and she was keeping it all secret -- and the pressure was too much," Mel claims. "She couldn’t cope anymore, and, as much as she loved us, she couldn’t face telling us what was going on. She retreated and cut herself off.”

It wasn't just Geri who apparently struggled with eating, though. Mel B claims both Melanie C and Victoria were told to lose weight by their management.

"You could f**king lose a few f**king pounds, couldn’t ya? What’s wrong with ya? You’d better start watching what you’re f**king eating," Mel recalls one exec saying. "We all sat there in shock. And that’s really strange considering how feisty we all are. But it also shows how easily girls can be put down and deliberately made to feel insecure.”

4. Geri was Prince Charles' favorite member of the Spice Girls (& Mel B thought he was 'rude')

Years after the fact, Geri told Mel that Prince Charles had written her a letter saying that the band would never be the same without her. Of course, the royal's favoritism for Geri has been previously documented -- the pair sat next to each other at the Spice World premiere in 1997.

"I'd even put Prince Charles in his place when I was sitting a few seats down from him at the Spice World movie premiere in December 1997, when he brought Prince William along," Mel reveals. "We were all squished into the seats and there were loads of famous people there because we'd persuaded people like Roger Moore, Jools Holland, Stephen Fry and the lovely Richard E Grant to be in the movie with us."

"Halfway through, I noticed Charles, who was sitting next to Geri (she was always his [favorite]); he was laughing his head off. I was thrilled," she continues. "I leaned across and said, 'I'm so happy you're enjoying it.' Charles turned and looked at me, 'I'm a very good actor,' he said. I was totally enraged. 'That's rude,' I said loudly, leaving it to Geri to smooth it all over (her role was always the diplomat). But it was rude and I told him so."

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Victoria Beckham, Mel C, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Mel B from The Spice Girls (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham pose for a photo shoot at the Four Seasons Hotel on April 29, 1997 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. (Photo by John Stanton/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 04: The Spice Girls attending the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, NYC. 09/04/1997 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - OCTOBER 16: A young girl holds the Spice Girls dolls which were unveiled at the Toy Retailers Fair in London by the Character Group which has exclusive rights to distribute the dolls in the UK 16 October. (Photo credit should read JOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images)
Paris, FRANCE: (FILES) File photo dated 16 December 1997 shows the Spice Girls posing at a hotel in Paris. Pop group the Spice Girls announced 28 June 2007 they are to reform for a world tour, saying 'girl power is back and stronger than ever,' in a statement posted on their website. AFP PHOTO THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, UNITED STATES - 1998: L to R Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton and Victoria Adams from the Spice Girls in Indianapolis celebrating their hit 'Viva Forever' reaching number 1. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
L-R Mel C (Melanie Chisolm), Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Mel B (Melanie Brown), Victoria Adams of the Spice Girls pose for a studio group portrait in 1998 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Prior/Redferns)
Portrait of UK pop group The Spice Girls (Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell) photographed in London in 1998. Job: 34206 Ref: SDD - Non-Exclusive - World Rights Only (Photo by Steve Brown/Photoshot/Getty Images)
Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, and Melanie Brown of the Spice Girls (Photo by Jim Smeal/WireImage)
NEW YORK CITY - JANUARY 14: Pop group Spice Girls: 'Posh Spice' Victoria Adams, 'Scary Spice' Melanie Brown, 'Baby Spice' Emma Bunton, 'Ginger Spice' Geri Hallliwell and 'Sporty Spice' Melanie Chisholm promote their new movie 'Spice World' on January 14, 1998 at Planet Hollywood in New York City. (Photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 10: BRIT AWARDS, LONDON ARENA Photo of SPICE GIRLS, Group portrait L-R Melanie Brown (Mel B), Victoria Adams (Beckham), Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Melanie Chisholm (Mel C) (Photo by JMEnternational/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 10: BRIT AWARDS, EARLS COURT Photo of SPICE GIRLS, Group performing live on stage L-R Melanie Chisholm (Mel C), Geri Halliwell, Victoria Adams (Beckham), Emma Bunton and Melanie Brown (Mel B) (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 01: WEMBLEY ARENA Photo of SPICE GIRLS, Group performing live on stage Spiceworld tour L-R Melanie Chisholm (Mel C), Geri Halliwell, Victoria Adams (Beckham), Emma Bunton and Melanie Brown (Mel B) (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM: The Spice Girls pop group pose for photographs next to their life-size wax models at Madame Tussaud's Rock Circus in Piccadilly 17 December 1999 in London. (From L) Scary, Posh, Sporty and Baby are the first pop band combo to be modelled since the Beatles in 1964. (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON - DECEMBER 15: Sarah Ferguson with daughters Eugene and Beatrice pose with The Spice Girls on December 15, 1999 at Earls Court, London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Spice Girls in New York City, New York (Photo by RJ Capak/WireImage)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 13: HEATHROW AIRPORT Photo of SPICE GIRLS and Victoria BECKHAM and Geri HALLIWELL and Mel B and Melanie BROWN and Emma BUNTON and Mel C and Melanie CHISOLM, L-R: Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Mel B (Melanie Brown), Emma Bunton, Mel C (Melanie Chisolm) posed, group shot, at opening of Virgin Terminal 5 (Photo by Stuart Mostyn/Redferns)
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5. She calls herself "an extremely sexual person"

During her marriage to Stephen Belafonte, Mel initiated threesomes, something she said was fun in the very early days. 

"We’d go to a nightclub and pick out girls we found attractive. We had similar tastes -- toned bodies, an air of confidence, a couple of tattoos and a sexy way of dressing," she writes. "I preferred blondes. Stephen would watch the way someone danced and moved -- you can tell everything about a woman’s sexuality by the way she dances. I’d invite them over for a drink. It’s pretty easy when you are Mel B; people are really happy to talk to you.” 

Mel says that Stephen's only rule when it came to threesomes was that the third had to be a woman, no men allowed.

“[That] suited me fine because I love women. I’ve always found women’s bodies so much more beautiful than men’s bodies. I have no issues with my sexuality," she shares. "I’ve been in relationships with men and women. I don’t think it’s shameful to like sex. I don’t think it’s shameful to experiment -- as long as it is all consensual -- and I believe women can enjoy and initiate sex as much (if not a whole lot more) than men.”

Following their divorce, Mel says she didn't know how to find people to have sex with because, despite being "extremely sexual," she "hadn't mixed socially with any straight guys for years."

Mel says she didn't want to date, go on the bar scene or get into a relationship, so a friend showed her a website "where famous unattached guys looking for a discreet hook-up put up images."

"The site was filled with images of men’s erect privates, each one lined up against a milk or juice carton so you could gauge the size," she writes. "… A few days later, I met him (young, handsome and very famous) in a hotel room wearing just my underwear. It was horribly awkward and nothing happened... I tried again with another famous penis in another hotel room. Same result. Aaarghhhh. Mortifying... I gave up on famous penises and had a few encounters with some very normal, regular guys. Way better.”

6. She was "truly, madly, deeply in love" with Eddie Murphy before being "spectacularly dumped"

In the book, Mel recalls her love story with Eddie Murphy, which, she says, started the moment they laid eyes on each other. Despite the instant chemistry, she "never thought for a second anything would come of it, other than an interesting evening."

"It was as if a 2,000-volt electric current had passed between us. I felt a hundred different emotions at once, from confused to elated, to happy to scared, to relaxed to incredulous, and everything in between," she writes of meeting the comedian. "I felt I had known this man all my life and that I was staring at my destiny in his face. And I felt terrified to be feeling like that because I wasn’t prepared for something so massive which I knew was going to turn my world upside-down.”

Though she declined Eddie's invitation to move in with him after just weeks together, Mel says that Eddie made her "happier than any man" she'd ever met. She eventually became pregnant with their now 11-year-old daughter, Angel, which she describes as a happy development.

"When I got pregnant with Angel, we jumped around his en-suite bathroom laughing and crying, bursting with the best news ever," she writes. "My family thought he was great because they had never seen me so completely blissed out. Every day I would wake up and he’d tell me I was the most beautiful, incredible woman. I never felt so loved."

Despite that, after getting pregnant, Mel "went into shutdown" and "had to get away," leaving a shocked Eddie behind. Though she didn't see leaving as a permanent breakup, as she was flying away, Mel says Eddie told a reporter that they weren't together anymore and that he wasn't sure the baby was his, something Mel says made her "look like a complete and utter slut."

"I do not -- to this day -- have any idea why Eddie would have said those words," she writes. "It was completely out of character for him to talk about his private life, and it was even more out of character for him to say something so damning and nasty about someone he loved. The question ‘Why?’ has haunted me for more than a decade.”

Eddie went on to miss the birth of his daughter, but, thanks to his mom, reconnected with Angel in May 2017 and is now "a huge part" of her life, something that came as a relief to Mel.

"After planning our wedding and me getting pregnant (something I believed Eddie wanted very much), I had been spectacularly dumped after leaving him for a few days to think about our relationship," Mel continues. "... Eddie is now a huge part of our daughter Angel's life. I was devastated for so many reasons. I loved Eddie and I lost him. I am, deep down, a romantic, and -- you may be surprised to know -- I am also a traditionalist. It killed me that my daughter would not have a father.”

7. She felt "free" after leaving Stephen Belafonte

Mel was married to Stephen from 2007 to 2017 and, in her book, she opens up about the tumultuous relationship.

“In my head, I had to answer to Stephen for everything, account for every second of my day. It was for my own good, he would tell me and I would agree," she claims. "Even when he was miles away in Los Angeles and I was in the middle of recording The X Factor in the studio in Wembley I could feel him everywhere. He would call me to check in on me. What was I eating? What was I wearing? Who was I with? If I was late home from work (and I would often try and be as late as I possibly could) there would be 15 missed calls on my phone from him: ‘Where are you? Call me now.’ Even though Stephen was effectively banned from The X Factor studios, (Simon Cowell could not stand him) he made his presence felt everywhere."

After her suicide attempt, Mel initially decided to leave Stephen. That all changed, she claims, after Dr. Charles Joseph Sophy, a Los Angeles based psychiatrist, flew to London from L.A. to tell her that if she left Stephen, her children could be taken away from her.

"Dr. Sophy explained to me that if I left Stephen now, I would risk losing Madison and possibly lose full custody of all three of my children," she writes. "I had taken an overdose and Stephen could make that public. Stephen could then say I was not mentally stable enough to care for my children, that he’d had to take Madison home to America because he didn’t trust me to have her in my care."

Eventually, Mel walked away from Stephen, though it didn't come without its own sacrifices.

"By November 2017, as part of a mediation settlement, I agreed to drop domestic violence charges in order for all the 64 sex tapes he had made during our marriage not to be shown in open court," she reveals. "I couldn’t deal with it anymore, I couldn’t deal with him anymore. If they were shown then they would enter the public domain. Such are the deals we make. Looking back now that was a deal I regret.”

Despite being generally sexually open, Mel says the tapes "traumatized" her and became something she couldn't fathom letting into the public eye.

"I have no memory of some of the sexual situations I have seen myself in on video. I am frightened when I see myself in some of these videos. I have seen myself used sexually in a way that I did not enjoy or want,” she writes. "...There were hours of them. And there were not only sex tapes, they were videos Stephen had made on his phone when I was visibly so out of it... Phoenix was in a few of them, dragged in to see her mother in a state. I saw her face. I saw my face. I didn’t recognize it. This wasn’t me.”

Stephen has previously denied Mel's abuse claims. In a statement to ET last April, Stephen's lawyer called the allegations "outrageous and unfounded."

"What matters most to Mr. Belafonte is the safety and well-being of his daughters and step-daughters," the statement read. "It's a shame that Ms. Brown elected not to proceed in a respectful and amicable fashion in this very private matter. In due course, Mr. Belafonte will be filing his response to the outrageous and unfounded allegations made by Ms. Brown, which allegations he vehemently denies."

"When the Court determines the truth, it will become clear that this entire charade was nothing more than a smear campaign intended to cover up Ms. Brown's own conduct during the marriage in light of her current involvement with a family television show, and in an effort to unfairly gain leverage both financially and with respect to custody of the children," the statement continued. "When the degree to which Ms. Brown has gone to create a false depiction of her marriage to Mr. Belafonte is uncovered, real victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse will be understandably offended, angry and upset."

"Mr. Belafonte is confident that the truth will come out when he has his day in court at which time he looks forward to being reunited with his children," the statement concluded.

Regarding the sex tapes, Belafonte's lawyer told TMZ in April that, "[Mel B] herself put her sexual trysts and the like at issue by alleging that [Belafonte] allegedly videotaped and/or recorded such conduct and forced her to have sexual relations, etc."

Even with the emotional turmoil, Mel "was happy" to be out of the marriage.

“When I left Stephen, I walked away with nothing but $936 in a bank account (the only one I had access to) and suitcases full of clothes, books and toys. I didn’t care. I was happy. My kids were happy," she writes in the book. "I put on my music full blast (sorry to my neighbors) and danced around my house, which was decorated in a very over-the-top Versace style -- not my style at all. But I was free.” 

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PASADENA, CA - MARCH 12: Phoenix Chi Gulzar and Mel B attend the red carpet kickoff for 'America's Got Talent' season 13 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 12, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - MARCH 12: Phoenix Chi Gulzar and Mel B attend the red carpet kickoff for 'America's Got Talent' season 13 at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 12, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Mel B and daughter Phoenix arrive at 'America's Got Talent' Season 11 Finale Live Show at Dolby Theatre on September 14, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 14: Presenter Mel B and Phoenix Chi Gulzar arrive at the 'America's Got Talent' Season 11 Finale Live Show at the Dolby Theatre on September 14, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jennifer Lourie/Getty Images)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 22: (L-R) Phoenix Chi Gulzar, Angel Brown, Mel B and Madison Brown Belafonte attend the Launch Party for WILDFOX Loves Coca-Cola Capsule Collection on October 22, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for Coca-Cola)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Phoenix Gulzar and Mel B attend the press night performance of 'Memphis The Musical' at The Shaftesbury Theatre on October 23, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Singer Mel B and her daughters (L-R) Angel Iris Murphy Brown, Phoenix Chi Gulzar and Madison Brown Belafonte arrive at the grand opening of Sugar Factory Hollywood at Sugar Factory on November 13, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 07: Mel B and daughter Phoenix Chi arrive at the 2011 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on October 7, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
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