Loose Women: Mel B discusses secretive Spice Girls meeting
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Mel B, 45, has appeared covered in fake bruises for a graphic music video made to raise awareness and highlight the effects of domestic violence. The Spice Girl star is seen trying to escape an abusive partner in the clip, made in collaboration with classical composer Fabio D’Andrea for Women’s Aid.
I’m incredibly proud to be a part of this project
The video has a meaningful connection to Mel who has also spoken publicly about the attempts she made to leave her own turbulent marriage to Stephen Belafonte.
Her former husband has denied any accusations from the star regarding abuse, and when they finally reached an agreement on their divorce in 2018, it included that the abuse allegations against Stephen be dropped.
In the video, Mel can be seen wearing makeup to mimic a bloodied face and bruises, as she is dragged across the room and beaten by a partner.
While the video shows that the couple’s relationship is the picture of happiness to those around them, behind closed doors she is left terrified by her partner’s violent behaviour.
The clip ends with a bloodied Mel dramatically fleeing her house after her partner leaves, desperate to escape his abusive behaviour.
Speaking to The Sun following the video’s release, Mel, who is now a patron for Women’s Aid, explained: “Whether it be the spitting or the strangulation, these are things that actually happen. They are all these women’s stories.
“I came out of making that video with bruises because I wanted it to be an honest representation of what we have all gone through.
“There is a bedroom scene where I am attacked, it was really important to make that real.”
The singer had welcomed the introduction of The Domestic Abuse Bill, the new Act setting out the definition as being beyond just physical violence, and including coercive control and emotional and sexual abuse.
Mel is still in the process of divorcing ex Stephen and is currently involved in a custody arrangement, which means she is unable to see daughter Madison for the time being.
Speaking further about the short film, Mel said: “I’m so incredibly proud to be part of this project which means so much to me because this is a collaboration of three things that are so important in my life.
“Music, dance and a way to highlight the ever-increasing issue of violence towards women.
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“It seems strange to say I am proud of showing something so brutal and disturbing but it is my mission to raise awareness of something so many women go through every day, every week, every month of their lives.”
The Spice Girl star says there is often “shame” carried by survivors of domestic abuse and therefore they can find it hard to speak their truth.
She continued: “I have had my own experiences of abusive relationships but as patron of Women’s Aid I have spoken to so many other women, listened to what they have gone through and I know how very real the danger is to so many women out there.
“I’m not going to stop breaking the silence and the shame around this subject because it’s too much and we have to stand up and do something.
“This performance represents the stories and the experiences of those women I have met, spoken to or heard about.
“My heart breaks for every single woman and child who suffers from some form of domestic abuse.
“I want this to count for all victims of abuse. I want to help raise awareness, raise money and do anything I can to put a stop to this epidemic.”
The video is part of a series by D’Andrea that has also included actor Russell Tovey highlighting issues around fame and mental health.
D’Andrea said: “So much can be communicated via the arts that cannot be in other ways. We all hope this video can connect with as many people as possible. Domestic violence exists in every section of society but we rarely hear about it. This music and this video aim to change that. This video performance represents the stories and the experiences of many, many women. It is very real, very raw.”
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