A nanny once referred to as a ‘wrecker’ by Mel B has reportedly given Spice Girl’s ex-husband Stephen Belafonte $ 200,000 (£ 154,000) to buy a new home.
Lorraine Gilles is believed to have “offered” the amount to the producer in July of last year after receiving $ 1.8 million from the settlement of her defamation lawsuit against the singer, reports The Sun.
Mel, 45, was married to Belafonte for 10 years before going their separate ways in 2017. They share an eight-year-old daughter, Madison.
Furious: Mel B reportedly angry after her ex-nanny Lorraine Gilles “gave her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte $ 200,000 to buy a $ 1.1 million house in Los Angeles”
A source said it was “extremely irritating” for Mel, who currently lives with her own mother in Leeds, to see her ex buy a house with this large sum.
They said: “Lorraine got a lot of money from her case against Mel – now it is revealed that Lorraine gave Stephen hundreds of thousands of thousands of dollars to go to a house. Mel is appalled at the cheek of it all.
“She also pays Stephen a fortune and has so many legal fees to pay. If she could afford to buy her own house, she would – but she can’t.
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Past: The Spice Girl and Belafonte divorced in 2017 and she paid their former nanny $ 1.8 million in 2019 after settling a defamation lawsuit (pictured with Gilles in 2015)
Court documents filed in California last month are believed to show Belafonte received $ 200,000 (£ 154,000) as a “gift” to buy property in July of last year.
However, they explained that the money had gone directly into receivership and not into his band’s accounts.
The house, which has five bedrooms and four bathrooms, was purchased for £ 1.1million after Belafonte took out a loan of £ 820,000, court documents show.
But it is understood that Mel’s lawyers are now wondering how he had afforded the accommodation as he previously reported his income of $ 1,000 per month.
Flashback: Gilles, who was 18 when she was hired by the celebrity couple in 2009, admitted to having sex with Belafonte and Mel, including threesomes during a deposition in the case of messy divorce
The couple divorced in late 2017 amid accusations of Mel’s physical and emotional abuse, Belafonte claiming her ex was a cocaine and alcohol addict.
Gilles, who was 18 when she was hired by the celebrity couple as a nanny in 2009, admitted to having sex with Belafonte and Mel, including threesomes during a deposition in the case of messy divorce.
In April 2019, the Spice Girl paid $ 1.8 million to settle a defamation lawsuit brought against her by Gilles whom she had described as a “prostitute” and “wrecker” two years earlier.
Mel and Belafonte currently share joint custody of Madison after their acrimonious divorce.
Happier times: Mel was often seen with her former nanny and daughters before her divorce
However, in early February, TMZ reported, Belafonte requested full custody of the girl, claiming her mother “almost abandoned” her after she returned to her native UK to live.
Mel returned to the UK after losing her post as judge on America’s Got Talent last year and is currently based there, living with her mother in Leeds.
The former Scary Spice is also said to be keen to get full custody of Madison as she plans to stay in Britain.
In December, after learning that her former nanny was still involved in Madison’s life, the singer asked the Los Angeles court to ban Gilles from having any contact with Madison.
Aside: The Spice Girl lives in Britain after stepping down as judge on America’s Got Talent last year. Madison lives in LA with her father. The exes currently share custody
Mel cited a “stay away” provision included in the confidential settlement she reached with Gilles but, according to The Sun, the judge denied the request.
A source close to Mel told The Sun that there were “valid reasons” why she wanted the nanny to stay away and “she’s beside herself” that Belafonte and Gilles flout the deal ” stay away “.
It was also reported that Belafonte told her daughter to call former nanny Jenny to avoid detection.
In addition to Madison, Mel B is a mother to daughters Phoenix, 21, whose father is her first husband Jimmy Gulzar, and Angel, 12, whose father is Hollywood star Eddie Murphy.
Family: Besides Madison, Mel B is a mother to daughters Phoenix, 21, whose father is her first husband Jimmy Gulzar, and Angel, 12, whose father is Hollywood star Eddie Murphy (pictured with Stephen’s daughter Giselle Belafonte in 2018)