London, Aug 26 (IANS) Singer Mel B will enter a UK-based therapy centre next month to battle alcohol and sex addictions after “incredibly difficult six months”.
A source also said how she is “sex-crazed” – and slept with up to three men in one day in the wake of her bitter divorce from Stephen Belafonte.
“The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me. 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,” Mel told thesun.co.uk.
“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.”
She is still struggling, but said: “If I can shine a light on the issue of pain, post-traumatic stress disorder and the things men and women do to mask it, I will do. I am speaking about this because this is a huge issue for so many people.”
Leeds-born Mel, who says she has been “financially battered” following her split from US producer Belafonte, is determined to get well for the sake of her children Phoenix, 19, Angel, 11, and Madison, six.
She has also begun a pioneering psychotherapy course called EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.
Last year, Mel said in divorce court documents that Belafonte was physically and emotionally abusive.
She also claimed he made her have sex with other women and got their German nanny Lorraine Gilles pregnant. He denied being abusive and the pair finally divorced in December.
Restaurateur Rusty Updegraff claims Mel slept with three men in one day and has bedded a string of celebrities, including singer Aaron Carter, reports thesun.co.uk.
Updegraff said: “Mel has got crazier over the years and I’ve had enough. I cannot deal with it any more. I know people will say it’s none of my business – but she won’t listen to anyone. I hope this is a wake-up call for her.
“She needs help, but lives in her own little world. She is drinking every day that she isn’t working. Her sexual appetite is out of control. You can’t take any straight guy round to her house.
“I also worry about her spending. She gets paid a lot of money but just wastes it. She thinks she’s like the Kardashians!”
Updegraff, also a part-time actor, was first introduced to Mel in 2003 during a club night in West Hollywood.
He said: “I’ve known her have sex with three men in a day and then they are on rotation. She’d be doing this guy and that guy, and then the chauffeur who brings her home.
“She was with the artiste Danny Lopes for a few months and some Corsican guy who is a regular. Aaron was very nice, but it lasted about a week. I got 20 phone calls from her about him – he would come and go from her place – then all of a sudden he was out of the picture.”