Mel B has appeared beaten and covered in fake bruises for a shocking music video to highlight the effects of domestic violence.
The former Spice Girl, 45, can be seen attempting to flee her violent partner in the Women’s Aid video, which was made in collaboration with classical composer Fabio D’Andrea.
It comes as Mel also claimed she attempted to leave her marriage to ex-husband Stephen Belafonte, who has denied any accusations of abuse, for a decade but found it to be an ‘impossible’ situation.
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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 her 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.’
Mel also hinted that five years since leaving her marriage, she has found love again with a new partner, admitting that following her ordeal she couldn’t even be hugged or touched for a year.
The singer also welcomed the introduction of The Domestic Abuse Bill into law, with the new Act setting out the definition as being beyond just physical violence, and including coercive control and emotional and sexual abuse.
However Mel also detailed that despite divorcing Stephen, she is still embroiled in a custody arrangement meaning she cannot see her daughter Madison for weeks on end.
Since leaving her ex, Mel has settled into a new life in Leeds with her mum Andrea and has vowed to teach her daughters how to maintain a good relationship, including a ban on yelling in her house.
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.
‘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.
‘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 and 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.
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