Mel B Opens Up About Planned Rehab Stint: 'I'm Not An Alcoholic, I'm Not a Sex Addict'

Mel B Lea Michele
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Mel B. and Lea Michele on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Former Spice Girl Mel B. appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Wednesday (Aug. 29) to clarify recent reports that she is planning to enter a rehab facility soon to deal with sex and alcohol addiction issues.

"My therapy changed a little bit because I was in a very intense relationship, which you can all read about in my book," Mel (born Melanie Brown) told guest host Lea Michele in reference to her upcoming memoir, Brutally Honest, which is due out in November. 

Wearing a champagne-colored slip dress with a glittery neckline, the singer and America's Got Talent judge explained that she's been in therapy since her father was diagnosed with cancer nine years ago, but that the therapy regimen changed a bit because of the "very intense relationship" she was in, seemingly referring to her tumultuous decade-long marriage to ex-husband Stephen Belafonte. 

"But no, I'm not an alcoholic. No, I'm not a sex addict. I was with the same person [Belafonte] for 10 years, and that was quite a turmoil, very intense," she told Michele, who admitted that the nine year-old version of herself would be freaking out about sitting down with her Spice Girls icon. "I address a lot of those issues [in the book] and did kind of have to ease my pain. And I do suffer a lot from PTSD."

Brown reportedly said in a recent British tabloid interview that she has decided to go into a "proper" therapy program in the next few weeks in the U.K. because of the traumatic nature of writing the book and re-living a number of painful chapters of her life.

Brown and Belafonte split last year after a long, public battle in which the singer at one point accused Belafonte of domestic violence and humiliation. She also recently hinted that the Spice Girls might be reforming this year.

Watch Mel B on Ellen below.


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