Former Spice Girls star Mel B has wiped out her multi-million fortune after leading an ‘extravagant’ lifestyle, a court was told during a bitter divorce battle. The singer, 42, attended court in Los Angeles on Friday for the first time to face Stephen Belafonte, who she says subjected her to years of physical and mental abuse.
The pair both have outstanding tax debts after making ‘improvident’ lifestyle choices, Los Angeles Superior Court was told. She was revealed to be making between $194,000 and $198,000 a month.
Belafonte, who claims his income is zero, is asking for backdated wages of $118,000, $2,728 in perks, $71,581 in spousal support and $200,000 to pay for his ongoing legal costs.
His lawyer, Grace Jamra, asked Judge Lawrence Riff to order the sale of the couple’s Los Angeles home if necessary. It is currently on the market for $8 million. She said said: ‘Their lifestyle was extravagant and affluent.
‘She wiped out all her Spice Girls money, approximately [$]50 million if not more.’ In exclusive DailyMail pictures, the former Spice Girl looked confident as she strode into the downtown LA court building. Flanked by her legal reps, the pop star stayed quiet as she entered the building.
The former couple, who were married for 10 years, are battling over money and custody of their child.