Mel B credits Tina Turner as an inspiration to victims of domestic violence like her
Former Spice Girl Mel B has revealed how Tina Turner’s story of domestic violence was an inspiration to her and other victims and how the superstar prompted her own daughter to speak publicly about her survival.
Melanie Brown became involved with victims after breaking up with an “abusive” relationship after seeing Turner as a role model. Her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte has vehemently denied causing her distress.
Write exclusively for The IndependentThe singer once known as Scary Spice said: “I felt broken and ashamed. But I knew a woman who suffered abuse and rose like a phoenix from the ashes to become stronger and more powerful. Tina Turner.”
She added that she grew up admiring the superstar – another woman of color – after her appearance on Live Aid in 1985.
Hours before the ‘Queen of Rock and Roll’ died, Mel B was watching the West End show tinaabout the singer’s life, and broke down in tears over a scene depicting the devastating effects of domestic violence, she said.
This prompted her daughter Phoenix to make the decision to change her life and speak out, she added.
Turner, who died in Switzerland on Wednesday at the age of 83, overcame her husband Ike’s violent, abusive behavior and became a chart-topping solo artist, known for songs like “Private Dancer” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It.” “.
She said Ike hit her during years of abuse, threw boiling coffee at her, causing third-degree burns, and abused her with a clothes hanger. She was forced to watch a sex show at the brothel on the wedding night and was beaten with a shoe tree when she was pregnant.
Mel B said that while she is not a friend of Turner’s, she was not only deeply saddened but also physically weak upon learning of her death.
As a child, she had found Turner’s performance “mesmerizing.”
And she draws parallels between their lives.
“I didn’t know then that after that I would live in America and marry a man who would control me, abuse me and bring me to the brink of death,” she writes.
Their daughter Phoenix, 23, whose father is Mel B’s first husband Jimmy Gulzar, is a model who has built a career as an influencer and starred in one of her mother’s pop videos. Fans say they are doubles.
The ex-Spice Girls star and patron of the Women’s Aid charity hinted at how she came up with her daughter’s name, saying she “knew a woman who had been mistreated and risen like a phoenix from the ashes to become stronger.” “.