Mel B Leaves Stephen Belafonte: Domestic Violence to Blame?

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Former Spice Girl Mel B (a.k.a. Melanie Brown) has reportedly walked out on her husband of seven years, Stephen Belafonte, amid rumors of domestic abuse.

The rumors started spreading online on Sunday when Mel appeared on the UK's X Factor finale show, having missed the semi-finals the night before.

She bailed on the event due to an "unspecified illness."

That's not reason enough to make the leap to violence, but when she appeared sans wedding ring and sporting what looked like bruises on her face and arms?

Worried fans began speculating, that's for sure.

Mel B's sister Danielle Brown threw gasoline on the rumors when she Tweeted a series of rather alarming messages during her sister's mystery illness.

She threatened to recordings of what she called "abusive" phone calls Belafonte had allegedly made to Mel B, and said she was desperate to contact her sister.

According to Us Weekly, Belafonte responded to comments made on Twitter, denying the scandalous allegations and calling them "disgusting" and "untrue."

But according to The Sun (UK), the singer has left the London home she shared with the American director, and packed up all her belongings to boot.

Sources say the two have long had a "volatile" relationship, and that the X Factor judge was in tears during commercial breaks for the hugely popular show.

A rep for Mel B could not be reached.

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