Melanie “Mel B” Brown has permanently and painfully said goodbye to ex-husband Stephen Belafonte.
The singer has revealed that she had the tattoo of Belafonte’s name removed from her ribs in a symbolic and dramatic procedure. The body art was a tribute to Belafonte, and had the words, “Stephen, till death do us part you own my heart” tattooed down her side.
While those who have gone down the often-regrettable path of inking a loved ones’ name on them only to split up opt for laser removal or a tattoo cover-up, the former Spice Girl decided on a much more symbolic and dramatic act.
Showing off her wound, the singer said she wanted his name off as soon as possible but opted to keep the rest of the tattoo.
“I wanted the tattoo removed to help close the final chapter on a toxic relationship,” Brown said. “Even though I’ve taken the steps to remove Stephen’s name from my body, the domestic abuse will forever remain with me.”
The former Spice Girl and Belafonte finalized their divorce on Dec. 15 after 10 years of marriage. Brown filed for divorce in March.
EXCLUSIVE: *PREMIUM EXCLUSIVE RATES APPLY* *NO WEB UNTIL 5.30AM PST, DECEMBER 13, 2017* Mel B has taken another dramatic step to cutting ex Stephen Belafonte out of her life – by going under the knife to remove a tattoo of his name.
The former Spice Girls star turned Scary Slice as a surgeon cut out Belafonte’s name that had been etched in a tattoo down her ribcage that had read: “Stephen, till death do us part you own my heart.”
Mel was so eager to removed the tattoo she decided to have it cut out under local anaesthetic in one procedure rather than laser removal requiring a series of treatments – even though she has been left with 13 stitches and a scar.
She visited a top Beverly Hills surgeon last month for the procedure that took just under an hour.
Mel and Belafonte got matching tattoos about six years ago, each with the other’s name.
Mel defiantly showed off the scar left behind in these exclusive pictures, taken in Las Vegas where she was filming for America’s Got Talent this week.
She will need several laser sessions to eventually take away the scarring, but is planning to keep what is left of the original tattoo minus Belafonte’s name.
Mel said: “I wanted the tattoo removed to help close the final chapter on a toxic relationship.
“Even though I’ve taken the steps to remove Stephen’s name from my body, the domestic abuse will forever remain with me.”
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HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 15:Mel B, attends the Premiere Of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” Season 12 at Dolby Theatre on August 15, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)