Mel B is an English singer who rose to fame during the 1990s as the member of the girl’s group Spice Girls. Fondly called by her fans as Scary Spice, Mel B has also released solo albums and has appeared in some films. She became a prominent figure in the television industry after serving as the main judge on the X Factor Show. She has participated in the Dancing with the Stars show and has also served as a judge in America’s Got Talent. Without further due let us have a look at the career and net worth of Mel B in 2019.
Early Life & Biography
Melanie Janine Brown was born on 29 May 1975, in Harehills, Leeds, England to Andrea and Martin Brown. Melanie’s mother is English whereas her father was from the Caribbean. Brown attended the Intake High School studying performing arts and worked as a dancer in Lancashire. She initially joined a band named Touch which later teamed up with Simon Fuller. Mel B is also the first cousin of actor Christian Cooke, as Christian’s and Mel’s mothers are sisters.
In September 1998, Mel B married her first husband, Jimmy Gulzar. She gave birth to her first daughter Phoenix Chi Gulzar in February 1999 and got a divorce from him in 2000 after which she went on to date Max Beesley for two years. From 2002 to 2006 she was in a relationship with Christine Crokos post which she gave birth to her second daughter in April 2007 through a relationship with actor Eddie Murphy. In June 2007, she married Stephen Belafonte and divorced him in December 2017. The couple has a daughter named Madison Brown Belafonte born in September 2011.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Mel B, Mel C, Victoria Beckham, and Geri Halliwell applied to an advertisement in 1994 by the Stage Magazine and were selected to form a group with Emma Bunton. The group signed for Virgin Records and released its debut album Spice in 1996 which became a huge hit with over 30 million copies sold worldwide.
The Spice Girls went on to release many super hit albums after the success of their debut album, and they even starred in their own movie titled Spiceworld: The Movie in 1997. In 2000, Mel B released her debut solo album Hot followed by the single Feels So Good and Lullaby in 2001.
Mel B released her second solo album LA. State of Mind in June 2005 which comprised the single Today. In 2007, Mel competed in the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars and finished second place. She has appeared as a judge in many reality shows including the X Factor’s British and Australian version, Dancing with the Stars-S1-Australia, and America’s Got Talent.
In 2014, she became the voice mentor for young kids in the show The Voice Kids Australia and has also anchored the Lip Sync Battle with Professor Green.
Net Worth & Earnings
It is said that during the peak of her career she managed to earn over $30 million and she has lost all of those earnings due to a lavish lifestyle. In 2018, she filed a legal document that says that she has spent over $1.5 million on legal accounting and owed $800,000 tax debts.
Her monthly salary for her appearance in America’s Got Talent is said to be $240,000, and she still holds 20% entity with the Spice Girls. Her current net worth is $4.5 million.
Though she managed to earn a very good fortune, her lavish lifestyle cost her so much, and now she is really going through some tough times. But, as a woman who has always fought so hard in her life so far, one can surely expect her bounce back from these hardships soon.