Mel B is addressing reports that she’s seeking treatment for alcohol and sex addiction. The Spice Girl made headlines over the weekend after seemingly telling the Sun that she plans to enter a program to deal with those issues stemming from PTSD. Now, the singer says the headline-making revelation “kind of got a little bit skewed.”
On Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Mel B clarifies that she’s not an alcoholic or sex addict.
“Now, I’ve been in therapy since my father got diagnosed with cancer nine years ago,” she told guest host Lea Michele. “My therapy changed a little bit because I was in a very intense relationship, which you can all read about in my book [Brutally Honest].”
Mel B was referring to her ugly divorce from Stephen Belafonte.
“So I do address a lot of those issues [in the book], but you know, no, I’m not an alcoholic. No, I’m not a sex addict,” she stated. “You know, I was with the same person for 10 years, and it was quite a turmoil, very intense. That’s all I can say about it. I’d like to say a lot more, but we’re on this show, let’s keep it PC.”
She added: “But yeah, I address a lot of those issues [in the book] and I did kind of have to ease my pain. … I do suffer a lot from PTSD.”
On Sunday, the America’s Got Talent judge said she will enter “a proper therapy [program] in the next few weeks.”
“The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me,” she told the Sun. “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.”
“Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel,” she added. “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.”
Mel B said she wanted to “shine a light on the issue of pain, PTSD, and the things men and women do to mask it.” She added, “I am speaking about this because this is a huge issue for so many people.”
The television personality is getting support from family and friends, including her mother.
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