As Mel B and Stephen Belafonte‘s bitter divorce battle continues, new reports have emerged that Stephen wrongly accused his wife of having an affair with Simon Cowell on the eve of The X Factor final back in 2014.
According to The Sun on Sunday, Stephen was convinced the pair were having an affair during the 11th series, leading to a rift between the couple which was ultimately one of the key reasons their marriage broke down.
‘Stephen’s jealousy at that point was causing massive problems in the marriage – and he was convinced something was going on between her and Simon,’ a source said.
‘He did not like the fact Mel obviously looked up to him and spoke about him a lot.
‘He thought she was up to all sorts at the time – but accusing her of sleeping with Simon was a real low point.’
And although there is no suggestion that the former Spice Girl and Simon had any romantic connection, the insider claims Stephen’s accusations spiraled out of control, adding: ‘He just couldn’t control his jealousy and anger when she was appearing on such a high-profile show with successful people that he didn’t know.
‘It caused huge arguments and led to a loss of trust that never really healed.
‘It is definitely one of the things that led to the eventual breakdown of their relationship.’
Mel famously pulled out of the first live show of The X Factor final after allegedly having a blazing row with her husband of ten years and ending up in hospital after taking an overdose of pills.
The 41-year-old Wannabe singer was recently granted a temporary restraining order from her ex, as well as primary custody of their five-year-old daughter, Madison following a string of abuse allegations.
In official court documents obtained by MailOnline, Mel has accused her ex of was physically abusing her as well as threatening to release sex tapes so that she ‘would never work again in the entertainment industry’.
Stephen continues to deny the horrifying claims made by his estranged wife and in a statement released by his lawyers, the father-of-two’s legal team have said: ‘When the degree to which Ms Brown has gone to create a false depiction of her marriage to Mr Belafonte is uncovered, real victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse will be understandably offended, angry and upset.
The statement ends: ‘That’s it. I’m shocked at those allegations. We’ll have our day in court.’