London, Sep 2 (IANS) Singer Mel B battled a cocaine and alcohol addiction which impacted her marriage and her ability to care for her three children, a legal declaration by her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte has claimed.
According to the declaration, included in a court filing, the “America’s Got Talent” judge was said to have a ‘habitual and consistent’ addiction to the party drug and alcohol, reports dailymail.co.uk.
The declaration, backed up by text messages between Beverly Hills marriage therapist Charles Sophy, Mel B and Belafonte, details the fall out between the couple after they separated and how Belafonte feared for the ‘safety’ of the three children.
It is also being reported that “Mel B failed in an attempt to have the explosive documents sealed at a court hearing last week”.
According to a source, the singer’s drug and alcohol abuse were the real reason for the separation.
“Belafonte was blind-sided by the star’s subsequent allegations of domestic abuse,” added the source.
In the declaration, Belafonte claimed: “The biggest reason for my concern with respect to the safety of the children was due to the Petitioner’s habitual and consistent addiction to and abuse of cocaine and alcohol.
“To make matters worse, my fear for the children’s safety was amplified due to the fact that Petitioner had fired the children’s nanny, who had been in the children’s lives sine 2010 and I did not want Petitioner using drugs and drinking around the children especially without anyone else present to care for the children.
“Petitioner’s drinking and drug abuse had been a major issue throughout our marriage and was witnessed by the nanny, the children, and her own therapist, Dr Sophy.”