Mel B appeared in high spirits as she rang in her daughter Madison’s seventh birthday with low-key lunch at The Grove in Hollywood on Thursday afternoon.
The Spice Girls star, 43, who was accompanied by close pal Gary Madatyan, grinned from ear-to-ear as she held hands with Madison, following reports that the America’s Got Talent judge is ‘set to talk about her two suicide attempts’ in her upcoming memoir, titled Brutally Honest.
During her casual outing, the singer donned a pale pink tracksuit, tied in with a pair of box-fresh trainers.
Beaming: Mel B appeared in high spirits as she rang in her daughter Madison’s seventh birthday with low-key lunch at The Grove in Hollywood on Thursday afternoon
The Leeds native, who shares Madison with estranged husband Stephen Belafonte, wore her cropped brunette ‘do in a loosely tousled style, and shielded her eyes with mirrored sunglasses.
Meanwhile, her youngest daughter – who turned seven on Saturday – looked ethereal in a light pink skater dress, accessorised with a pretty tiara to ensure onlookers were aware of her big day.
Mel stepped out amid claims she tried to take her life twice – the first attempt at age 14 and the second was just over three years ago, when she was reportedly hospitalised for overdosing on 200 pills.
According to RadarOnline, in a manuscript of her book, set for release later this year, reveals how her second suicide attempt took place ‘seven months after Stephen was reported to have made their nanny Lorraine Gilles pregnant.’
Candid: The Spice Girls star, 43, grinned from ear-to-ear as she held hands with Madison, following reports that she’s ‘set to talk about her two suicide attempts’ in her upcoming memoir
During her time as a judge on the 11th series of X Factor, the mother-of-three was taken to the hospital shortly after, which led her to miss part of the show’s finals. MailOnline has contacted Mel’s representatives for comment.
These reports follow the star’s ongoing custody battle with her estranged husband Stephen, 43, in which she has been ordered to submit four months of drug and alcohol testing after a judge demanded a ‘full scale custody’ evaluation.
Earlier this week, the ex chart-topper was ordered by judge after an ex ‘nanny’ to her two younger children accused her of heavy drinking, taking numerous men home for sex, and neglecting her kids.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas demanded a ‘full scale custody evaluation’ of the star during Tuesday’s hearing to decide if she is fit enough as a parent to maintain joint custody of daughter Madison, with the film producer.
In good company: The songstress and her daughter matched in pink ensembles as they were accompanied by Mel’s close pal Gary Madatyan
The drug and alcohol testing on Mel – real name Melanie Brown – will be random and conducted at her LA home for four months by federal approved facility, the judge ruled.
The judge also ordered that while they have custody of Madison, ‘neither parent will consume drugs or alcohol during the custodial time or eight hours before the custodial time.’
Judge Juhas directed both Brown and Belafonte to ‘meet and confer’ over their joint custody agreement for Madison and he ordered a ‘full scale custody evaluation of all the issues’ by family experts.
Belafonte’s lawyer Grace Jamra – who claimed in court that Mel ‘did not even call Madison on her (seventh) birthday’ – objected to the nanny who Mel has hired to look after Madison.
‘We have no knowledge that this nanny is qualified,’ Jamra told Judge Juhas. ‘We are asking you to protect this child.’
Judge Juhas decided that Madison will stay with Belafonte until Thursday, the same day Mel celebrated Madison’s birthday.
Shortly before the court hearing, it was revealed Mel is planning to enter a rehab facility to treat her post-traumatic stress disorder, not sex and booze addictions, as had been previously claimed.
The Tell Me hitmaker clarified her reasons for seeking treatment at a UK facility as she made an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’ eponymous chat show.
Bitter divorce: The reports follow the star’s ongoing custody battle with her estranged husband Stephen Belafonte, 43, over joint custody of Madison (pictured July 2016)
Speaking with guest host Lea Michele, she said of her rehab revelation: ‘Well, it kind of got a little bit skewed with. Let’s put it that way. Now, I’ve been in therapy since my father got diagnosed with cancer nine years ago…
‘My therapy changed a little bit because I was in a very intense relationship, which you can all read about in my book… So, I do address a lot of those issues. But you know, no, I’m not an alcoholic. No, I’m not a sex addict.
‘You know, I was with the same person for 10 years and that was quite a turmoil, very intense. That’s all I can say about it. I’d like to say a lot more, but let’s just keep it PC. But yeah, I address a lot of those issues and I did kind of have to ease my pain.’
Candid: The Tell Me hitmaker clarified her reasons for seeking rehab treatment at a UK facility as she made an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres ‘ eponymous chat show
After former Glee star Lea shared some words of support and revealed that she’s a huge fan of therapy herself, Leeds native Mel admitted: ‘I do suffer a lot from PTSD.’
Mel admitted she will be entering a UK-based therapy centre later this month after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder as she wants to be a ‘better version’ of herself for her children – Phoenix Chi Gulzar, 19, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, 11, and Madison Brown Belafonte.
Mel, whose father passed away in March 2017 after a hard-fought battle with multiple myeloma, spoke candidly about her upcoming treatment as it is a ‘huge issue for so many people’ and she has hit ‘crisis point’.
Traumatic times: Mel revealed that she began therapy after her late father Martin was diagnosed with cancer (pictured together in 2007)
Talking to The Sun, she said: ‘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.
‘I am being very honest about drinking to numb my pain but that is just a way a lot of people mask what is really going on.
‘Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel. But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol — it is underneath all that.’
Open: Talking to The Sun, the singer bravely admitted, ‘The problem has never been about sex or alcohol — it is underneath all that’ (pictured in January 2015)