After Mel B made a string of explosive allegations against estranged husband Stephen Belafonte in her bid to obtain a restraining order, it has now emerged that a concerned Simon Cowell attempted to help the star escape her marriage in 2014.
According to The Sun, the mogul was horrified by Stephen’s alleged control over Mel’s finances – leaving her without access to her own cash during the X Factor finale in 2014 – and tried to intervene with legal advice and offering a hotel room to stay.
A source told the newspaper: ‘Although no-one was sure what was going on, Simon and the team at Syco really became concerned at The X Factor finale in 2014.
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‘In the days afterwards, following her release from hospital, they tried to help her leave Belafonte. They introduced her to divorce lawyers to help her to go through with it.’
A Syco spokesperson said: ‘Melanie is hugely admired and respected by everyone at Syco and on both the X Factor and America’s Got Talent.
‘We have always supported her whenever she has requested and we will continue to do so.’
Representatives for Mel B and Simon Cowell are yet to say a word on this.