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Mel B to Enter Rehab Over PTSD Diagnosis & More

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August 27, 2018

By Joanne Rosa

Mel B told The Sun that she’s entering a rehabilitation clinic following a PTSD diagnosis for treatment for addictions to sex and alcohol.

I’m not perfect, and I have never pretended to be.

The 43 year-old former Spice Girl confessed the decision to get professional help was made after an “incredibly difficult” six months. Mel B revealed she was diagnosed with PTSD earlier this month, and will enter rehab as soon as America’s Got Talent wraps up in a few weeks. On August 9, Mel began a program EDMR (Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), and believes it’s helping her.

“I’ve been working with a writer on my book, “Brutally Honest,” and it has been unbelievably traumatic reliving an emotionally abusive relationship and confronting so many massive issues in my life. I am being very honest about drinking to numb my pain but that is just a way a lot of people mask what is really going on… Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel. But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol — it is underneath all that.

“I am fully aware I have been at a crisis point. No one knows myself better than I do – but I am dealing with it. I have made the decision to go into a proper therapy programme in the next few weeks, but it has to be in the UK because I am very, very British and I know that will work best for me.”

Mel B believes her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte took a toll on her self image. She filed for divorce from Belafonte in March 2017 after nearly 10 years of marriage. The two married in 2007 after just five months of dating.

“I’ve also been through more than a year of court battles which have left me financially battered and at the mercy of the legal system which is completely weighted against emotionally abused women because it’s very hard to prove how someone took away all your self-respect and self-worth… I am working on being a better version of myself for my kids, for my family and for all the people who have supported me in my life.”

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