Melanie poses with Angel and new husband on cover of Hello!


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Speaking for the first time about her new love, the Leeds-born performer recalls how she fell for the man she calls “her best buddy” and talks about film producer Stephen’s relationship with his three-year-old, Gisele. “When you see a man around his daughter and they’re so hands on… it’s just gorgeous,” she says.

Looking radiant and trim, the singer describes how Stephen’s proposal – two months after Angel’s birth – took her by surprise. “I took one big, deep breath and said, ‘Yes’,” she recalls, “as well as going, ‘Thank you, God! Don’t let me down a third time’.”

The famously feisty mother of two also reveals how she is putting the difficulties of her relationship with Angel’s father behind her: “He gave me the best gift ever, which is a beautiful, healthy baby,” she says. “How can I be mad at that?”


Melanie on Larry King

On last night’s “Larry King Live,” the suspendered one revealed that Eddie’s people are claiming Scary demanded a $9 million mega mansion from the funnyman — a claim that Scary never outright denied.

After she was finished bobbing and weaving, Scary also revealed that she and Eddie tattooed their names on each other — and claimed that the ink proves that they were, “very much in love and wanted to have a family together” adding, “You don’t tattoo somebody’s name on your body if it’s brief and unimportant, let’s put it that way.”

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We’s married!!

Spice Girl Melanie Brown has secretly married her boyfriend, music producer

Stephen Belafonte, in Las Vegas in June, according to marriage records in Nevada.

The couple tied the knot on June 6, according to a marriage license filed in Clark County, and first reported by celeb gossip site

In a statement to PEOPLE, Brown’s rep said: “Regarding the marriage, Mel and Stephen have know each other for many years and were great friends first. Now they are deeply in love. The two are very happy together.”

The couple first got together when Brown was pregnant. “He was a really good friend and good support to me during my pregnancy,” she told PEOPLE in a recent interview. “He’s a really sweet guy.”

The former Spice Girl is in the middle of a bitter paternity battle with her ex-boyfriend, Eddie Murphy, over their daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown. Last week, Murphy released a statement acknowledging paternity of the child and saying he has paid child support.

But Brown, 32, says all the media attention doesn’t bother Belafonte. “We don’t really play into that world. We just have our own little thing going on.”

Brown was scheduled to appear on Larry King Live on Wednesday, though Access Hollywood reported that Brown canceled due to illness.

Update: Mel is currently under the weather but under the care of a doctor, and – sources tell us – she’s hoping to be well enough to appear on Larry King Live Thursday night to talk about her new marriage and about her bitter baby battle with Eddie Murphy.

Melanie Brown will appear on Larry King Live

Melanie Brown will appear on Larry King Live on Wednesday, Aug. 8, to discuss her paternity battle with ex-boyfriend Eddie Murphy.

The Spice Girl, who maintains Eddie has yet to pay “one penny of child support,” filed a lawsuit last Wednesday to legally establish paternity for their daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown, 4 months.

A DNA test in June confirmed the Oscar nominee to be the father of Angel, a claim he questioned on Dutch TV in December.

Just two days after the filing, Eddie’s rep released a statement disputing Scary Spice’s allegations.

“[Eddie] acknowledges paternity of the child Angel, and has paid child support to Ms. Brown as well as covering the expenses of her pregnancy.”

Mel will be joined by her attorney Gloria Allred on the live segment, which will be broadcast during the front half of the program.

Hell Hath no fury……..

Scary Spice was spotted Thursday meeting up with Nicole Murphy – Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife and the mother of five of his children – at Beverly Hills eatery the Ivy, where the pair laughed over bottled water and lunch.

Joining the two women were daughters Angel Iris, Brown’s 4-month-old, and 5-year-old Bella Zahra, Murphy’s youngest child with Nicole.

“They seemed really friendly toward one another,” says an onlooker of the pair, who wore curve-hugging dresses and posed for cameras outside. “They had a pretty private meal in the back corner, away from all of us.”

The lunch date came one day after Brown and her lawyer Gloria Allred held a press conference claiming that Brown’s former boyfriend Murphy “has not paid one penny of child support.” A DNA test in June established that the actor is the father, but “paternity has not been legally acknowledged,” according to Allred.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, baby Angel was already getting to know her half-sister, and Nicole Murphy – whose divorce from the actor was finalized in April 2006 after 12 years – even comforted the crying child when mom Brown went to the restroom. She rocked Angel until Mom returned, then the two new friends continued laughing and playing with the baby.  Here is the link to the video of them leaving the restaurant.

Says an onlooker: “Right before they left, Nicole gave Melanie two kisses on the cheek.”

Images courtesy of and celebritybabyblog.