Mel B’s husband, Stephen Belafonte, has vehemently denied allegations that he ‘hit his wife,’ Mirror reports.
The former Spice Girl was forced to miss Saturday night’s show after being taken to hospital following a mystery illness. However, she made a dramatic and welcome return to the show last night to see Ben Haenow being crowned winner.
Viewers were quick to point out she still looked very poorly, though – and that she was also no longer wearing her £20,000 wedding ring.
Taking to Twitter early on Monday morning, Stephen wrote: “I don’t usually respond to Twitter msgs but I will respond to comments of hitting my wife which I think are quite disgusting and untrue…Mel was very ill a bunch of doctors helped her get better if fans can’t just relax B4 being negative they r not real fans of @OfficialMelB.”
According to The Sun, Stephen hadn’t been seen at the hospital after she collapsed, though he was seen walking to the shops close to the central London home he shares with Mel and her daughters.
The paper also reports that he refused to discuss Mel’s condition.
The 39-year-old’s estranged mum Andrea and her sister Danielle both took to Twitter to express their concern after news emerged she would be missing the show due to illness.
Danielle wrote: “I am beyond desperate and this should be a private family matter!! But we don’t know what else to do if anyone at all can help then pls do!”
Meanwhile in a message to Stephen, she said: “You told me and mum yesterday she is fine and not in hospital. I’ve recorded all your calls for the past week. Where is my sister?”
Following Mel’s appearance on X Factor last night, Andrea expressed her relief, writing: “Omg all my tears over last 3 days and there she is. Having a large glass of wine to celebrate even though I’m still bloody crying. Poor Melanie she looks poorly.”
Mel B was rushed to hospital after it was claimed she collapsed on her way to the X Factor press conference on Friday.
The Spice Girl, 39, was described as ‘seriously ill’ and was kept in overnight for further tests after spending the day being treated on a private ward.
At the time, sources close to Mel confirmed: “She is in hospital and is seriously ill. We are awaiting the result of tests and then we will know exactly what is wrong.”
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