Mel B’s 20-year-old daughter Phoenix has opened up about how she was affected by her mum’s abuse. Mel B, 43, was recently diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD, following her split from ex-husband Stephen Belafonte whom she accused of domestic abuse.
The Spice Girls star appeared on Lorraine on Monday’s episode where she spoke about living with PTSD and was surprised by a heartbreaking pre-recorded clip from her eldest daughter Phoenix, 20.
In the clip, Phoenix talked about how the abuse her mother suffered affected her. She also addressed how she tried to support her mum through the traumatic times.
“It was pretty hard watching my mum got through that and being in that situation with everything that went down in my family. You know we grow up pretty fast.
Every kid going through a traumatic experience would blame themselves because they feel somewhat responsible, because that’s your mum, that’s your family and you only get one.
So when you’re trying to do everything in your power to help them, and you can’t, and you’re helpless you’re like, ‘damn, this is partly my fault’. But it’s never the kid’s fault.”
The 20-year-old continued:
It wasn’t easy but I had my family and I have stayed pretty strong. Having my mum as Scary Spice, Mel B you can’t be a wimp.
My mum is such an independent woman, it shocks me she can just be amazing on TV and be so nervous but you wouldn’t even think – she’s a natural..
She’s a good mum and a good friend, and I love you and you’re doing great.”
Touched by her daughter’s words, Mel explained how they both have a good relationship.
“Phoenix did see a lot. When you’re in that kind of relationship it affects everyone around you.
I think it’s important we shed light on things like this.
It is an epidemic and it’s not getting any better.
There’s all different things you go through being in an abusive relationship.”
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