After Mel B made a string of explosive allegations against estranged husband Stephen Belafonte in her bid to obtain a restraining order, it has now emerged that a concerned Simon Cowell attempted to help the star escape her marriage in 2014.
According to The Sun, the mogul was horrified by Stephen’s alleged control over Mel’s finances – leaving her without access to her own cash during the X Factor finale in 2014 – and tried to intervene with legal advice and offering a hotel room to stay.
A source told the newspaper: ‘Although no-one was sure what was going on, Simon and the team at Syco really became concerned at The X Factor finale in 2014.
‘In the days afterwards, following her release from hospital, they tried to help her leave Belafonte. They introduced her to divorce lawyers to help her to go through with it.’
A Syco spokesperson said: ‘Melanie is hugely admired and respected by everyone at Syco and on both the X Factor and America’s Got Talent.
‘We have always supported her whenever she has requested and we will continue to do so.’
Representatives for Mel B and Simon Cowell are yet to say a word on this.