Mel B is allegedly asking Eddie Murphy for an increase in child support payments, as new legal papers surface.
It appears to have been a very tough year for Mel B.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it looks like she's turning to ex, Eddie Murphy, for help.
Reports have emerged that the star has asked for more child support from the actor.
via: Getty ImagesAnd it could see the pair go to court over the cash top-up.
Now, Melanie Brown aka Mel B catapulted into the spotlight as part of the all-girl British pop group, The Spice Girls.
via: Getty ImagesDuring the mid to late nineties, Mel along with Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, and Melanie Chisholm, became global superstars in their own right.
After signing with Virgin Records in September 1995, the group released their debut single, "Wannabe."The now-iconic track hit No. 1 in more than thirty countries and firmly cemented the girls as a forced to be reckoned with in the industry.
The Spice Girls went on to release a plethora of other popular tracks...
via: Getty ImagesIncluding the likes of "Say You'll Be There," "Who Do You Think You Are," and "Spice Up Your Life."
But, by the end of the nineties, the band were drifting apart.
via: Getty ImagesAnd the members began pursuing their own solo projects.
After the Spice Girls broke up in 1998, Mel B decided to try her hand at a solo music career.
via: Getty ImagesAnd she got off to a great start - her first single, "I Want You," with Missy Elliott, sold 80,000 copies in the first week, giving the star a solo No. 1.
It didn't end there...
via: Getty ImagesHer debut solo album Hot released in 2000, produced 3 top 5 singles.
But her second album didn't fare so well.
via: Getty ImagesReleased in 2005, L.A. State of Mind, was considered a flop by critics.
The star has since crossed over to the world of Broadway and TV.
via: Getty ImagesHosting television shows including This Is My Moment, Top of the Pops, Access Hollywood, Dancing With the Stars, and the Australian version of The X Factor.
And, 3 years ago, she landed a gig as a judge on America's Got Talent.Joining Howie Mandel, Howard Stern, and Heidi Klum on the judges' panel.
Though her career has had many highs, the same can't be said for her personal life.
via: Getty ImagesFor instance, in 2018, Mel announced that she had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and was entering rehab for alcohol and sex addiction.
The star went on to reveal that she chose to enter treatment after a tough 6 months of writing her autobiography.
via: Getty ImagesWriting the book had caused many unhappy memories to resurface, including her difficult marriage to film producer Stephen Belafonte.
Mel has alleged that Stephen was abusive towards her.
via: Getty ImagesWhile he accused her of living too extravagantly.
And when it comes to her kids, things haven't been easy either.
via: Getty ImagesThe singer gave birth to her first child, daughter Phoenix Chi Gulzar, in 1999, but a highly publicized custody battle would follow.
Though Mel won...
via: Getty ImagesShe paid an alimony settlement of nearly $2 million to her ex-husband, Jimmy Gulzar.
In October 2006, media outlets began reporting that the star was having a baby with actor Eddie Murphy, whom she met after he had divorced Nicole Mitchell.
via: Getty ImagesMel gave birth to daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown on April 3, 2007.
And that June, Eddie, who is a dad of 10, was confirmed as the father through paternity tests.
via: Getty ImagesWhen asked about the pregnancy in December 2006, he told RTL Boulevard: "I don't know whose child that is until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn't jump to conclusions, sir." Mel also has another daughter, Madison Brown Belafonte, with Stephen Belafonte.
In 2009, Mel and Eddie had agreed that she would have sole custody of Angel.
via: Getty ImagesAnd the actor was ordered to pay every month along with extra for health insurance and education costs.
But now, Mel B has reportedly asked him for more child support for their daughter, who is now thirteen.
via: Getty ImagesThe star has now allegedly been asked to reveal more about his income in new legal papers filed by Mel, as well as a request to pay her legal costs.
The move comes after a difficult year for the former Spice Girl.
via: Getty ImagesThe star has seen her earnings "dramatically reduced" after she was hit hard financially this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Sun reports.
Explaining the request, Mel's lawyers said: "Eddie and Melanie have both established careers in the entertainment industry."
via: Getty Images"Unfortunately, Melanie’s income has dramatically reduced, such that she must consider modifying child support for the first time."
Now, in 2019, the Spice Girls made around $4.1 million each from their successful reunion.
via: Getty ImagesBut, with most of the industry shut down due to the pandemic, despite a lucrative previous year, it seems it's simply not enough.
Eddie already pays around $27,000 a month in child support for Angel.
via: Getty ImagesThe Sun reports that the new court documents see Mel claim she has made "numerous efforts to resolve this case without court intervention without any success."
She has now reportedly requested a new hearing in January.
via: Getty ImagesThe pair are believed to be on amicable terms at the moment while Mel has moved from the United States back to the UK to live with her mom, where she seeks to rebuild her career. Want to read more about Eddie Murphy? Scroll on to find out when the upcoming sequel Coming 2 America is hitting screens...