'She cares about herself more than her kids': Mel B’s angry ex Jimmy Gulzar claims he considered suicide after star made his life 'hell' as she tried to block him from seeing their daughter
As Mel B embarks what is set to be a messy divorce battle with Stephen Belafonte, a recent interview given by her first husband Jimmy Gulzar has resurfaced.
The 49-year-old Dutchman - who was married to the star from 1998 to 2000 - claimed in a September interview with The Sun that his ex-wife made great efforts to sabotage his relationship with their now 18-year-old daughter Phoenix Chi.
He said: 'Mel’s a narcissist. She’s always tried to put a huge wall between my child and I. But I stood there like a rock to be there for my child. I just think she finds herself more important than her kids. She is famous and the only thing you have in your mind is, "I need to be successful", that drive is unstoppable.'
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Ex: Mel B's ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar slammed the star in a recently-resurfaced interview, in which he branded her a 'narcissist' and accused her of driving him to thoughts of suicide
Mel moved to the US in 2003 after winning custody of Phoenix, and onetime dancer Jimmy soon followed, staying in the country illegally as he made strides to maintain a relationship with his daughter - but he said he was often left feeling suicidal.
Dutchman Jimmy, who now resides in the US legally and works as a stage coach for young performers, explained: 'I had times I wanted to give up. Then Phoenix would call. She doesn’t know I was homeless to this day or that I was illegal.'
During the interview, he also alleged that Stephen often tried to intimidate him - and he had vivid memories of one particular encounter when he, Mel and Stephen showed up at Phoenix's Los Angeles school at the same time.
Devoted dad: The former dancer settled in Los Angeles soon after Mel's 2003 move, so that he could remain close to their now 18-year-old daughter Phoenix Chi
He recalled: 'Stephen stepped out. I was like, "I’m not scared of you, you might be bigger than me and beat me up but so what?" He came in front of me. I stayed calm. He just threatened me. All I know is I’m not going to fight in front of my child.'
At the time the interview was published, a spokesperson for the star said in a statement: 'Mel does not comment on stories that are not true.'
The claims come after it was recently reported that a concerned Simon Cowell attempted to help Mel escape her marriage to Stephen in 2014.
The way they were: The couple fell in love in 1997 and wed the following year. However, their brief union came to an end in 2000
A source told MailOnline that the mogul was horrified by Stephen's alleged control over Mel's finances - leaving her without access to her own cash during the X Factor finale in 2014 - and tried to intervene with legal advice and the offer of a hotel room.
A source said: 'Although no one was sure what was going on, Simon and the team at Syco really became concerned at The X Factor finale in 2014. In the days afterwards, following her release from hospital, they were tried to help her leave Belafonte.
'They arranged for her to stay in a hotel, visited her there and tried to help her get a handle on her finances – it seemed as if he controlled virtually everything financially.
Efforts: Jimmy revealed that he was living in the US illegally - and didn't have a home of his own for quite some time - as he made efforts to maintain a close relationship with his daughter
'She never divulged to anyone that he was beating her up, but had told them she wanted to leave him and and they introduced her to divorce lawyers to help her to go through with it.
'Unfortunately, he had already then gone back to the US with one of the children – and returned to LA because she feared he would stop her ever seeing her children.'
The source added: 'Mel B is very much part of the Syco family and has been for many years.'
Intervention? Simon Cowell reportedly introduced Mel B to divorce lawyers after becoming concerned about her relationship with Stephen Belafonte
During that period, Stephen faced questioning from police in London, following claims that she was held prisoner at their home in the English capital - reportedly causing her to miss the first part of the X Factor Final in December.
A day earlier, she was rushed to hospital after suffering what was reported to be stomach cramps, and was released 24 hours later, ahead of the second half of the final at Wembley Arena.
At the time, Stephen left London and returned to Los Angeles with their children.
Allegations: Mel B recently filed legal papers listing a catalogue of alleged abuse at the hands of Stephen Belafonte over the course of their 10-year marriage
When contacted by MailOnline for comment, a Syco spokesperson said: 'Melanie is hugely admired and respected by everyone at Syco and on both the X Factor and America’s Got Talent.
'We have always supported her whenever she has requested and we will continue to do so.'
The claims come as TMZ reports that the former Spice Girl begged friends and relatives not to tell the police about Stephen's alleged physical abuse of her - as she feared he would blame her and subsequently kill her.
Happier times: Mel and Stephen are seen in 2015 with her daughters Angel, left, and Phoenix Chi, right, as well as their child together, Madison
According to the website, those close to her struggled to believe her when she attempted to explain away a series of injuries - and confronted her about it.
Reports TMZ: 'We're told some of the people who confronted her said they were going to call the cops and report him, but she became emotional and begged them to stand down, and not just because she was in fear for her life.
'She believed anyone who blew the whistle on Belafonte would become his target as well.'
Bruised: It has been reported that Mel begged friends and relatives not to call the police on Stephen when they suspected that she was stuck in an abusive relationship
The catalogue of historic allegations of abuse listed by TMZ include Belafonte 'punching' and 'choking' Mel, 'splitting her lip' and 'pushing her down on a carpet'.
Mel, who filed for divorce from the producer last month, alleges the psychological and physical abuse dates back to the first year of their marriage, in 2007.
In the papers, Mel claims that Stephen forced her to 'participate in sexual intercourse with him and random women.'
The former Spice Girl suggests that during their marriage, she was coerced into trysts that he secretly recorded and later used as ammunition against her, threatening to release as sex tapes 'if she tried to resist the threesomes'.
Bruised: Mel's appearance on the X Factor back in 2014, sparked concern among fans with Belafonte taking to Twitter to deny he was a 'wife beater'
There is also the explosive revelation that Stephen got their nanny pregnant and even suggested 'all three [of them] live together' with the new baby.
The nanny was paid allegedly 'paid $300,000' to have an abortion, according to the filing.
Stephen is also alleged to have shown his wife little sympathy as her beloved father Martin lost his battle with cancer.
TMZ claim the film producer allegedly told her to 'Suck it up. If he's going to die, he's going to die.'
Concern: Fans took to social media in droves when they saw Mel appearing to be badly bruised
The U.S website also repeats claims that things turned violent in the marriage, despite previous denials from both camps.
Meanwhile, days after his home was searched for firearms, Mel's court filing suggests he does keep a gun at home despite being prohibited from carrying a firearm due to a prior domestic violence conviction.
Stephen denied his estranged wife's claims, telling TMZ on camera: 'I haven't heard these allegations. You know what my comment on this is, as this is the mother of my children?
'I'm really really distraught my brain how this is going to affect our children (sic), and the depths that she's gone to. That's it. I'm shocked at those allegations and that's what it is.
Beautiful children: Following the publication of the mother-of-three's Stephen expressed concern over the effect on their kids
'I think someone's set me up to look like a bad guy. Obviously you saw my house got raided and nobody found anything. It's accusation after accusation. But we'll have our day in court.
'And we have children. if anyone knows our children, we have beautiful children. They're on social media. Why do this?
'We were friends two weeks ago. And now all of a sudden the team gets around and now it's got to be this.'
A judge has ordered Stephen to leave the family's Hollywood Hills mansion with TMZ reporting that he packed some of his things up on Monday afternoon.
Carrying on as usual: A cheerful-looking Mel pictured on the red carpet at the launch of America's Got Talent last week alongside Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Simon Cowell
FROM THE SPICE TO THE SCARY: MEL AND STEPHEN'S ROCKY 10-MARRIAGE
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- Mel and Stephen renew their wedding vows in Egypt
- Mum Andrea expresses her fears over son-in-law Stephen and his past
- Daughter Phoenix moves out of the family home after reportedly being told Stephen would chuck her out at the age of 16
- Mel denies a stripper's claims she was invited up to a hotel room with the couple in Australia
- In an interview with Howard Stern, Mel reveals that Stephen is her 'soulmate' because they 'are both perverts'
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Former Playboy model Luann Lee claims she spent an hour of 'passion' in a disabled lavatory in Las Vegas with Mel B while her husband Stephen stood outside
Mel defends her 'perverts' comments, saying she and Stephen are 'very sexually compatible' and tells The Guardian that they have sex five times a day. 'I basically married myself,' she said.
- She appears 'scratched and bruised' without her wedding ring on The X Factor UK's Sunday night final after mysteriously being hospitalised ahead of the first live show
- Stephen uses Twitter to furiously deny rife speculation that he physically attacked his wife
- Estranged mother Andrea and sister Danielle claim they had been told 'lies' about her condition
- Andrea claimed she received an abusive phonecall from Stephen at the time
Mel denies she was 'kept prisoner' at her London home by Stephen, back in December
Stephen shares a steamy clinch picture to Instagram joking about having a threesome with his wife and another woman
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Mel admits 'sex' is a big subject in her house and she regularly walks around completely naked
Mel praises her 'baby boo' Stephen in a social media dedication, telling him: 'You are my world honey and let's not forget you are a bit of a d**khead too'
- Mel is reunited with her sister Danielle for the first time in eight years, as they lose their father Martin Brown after a battle with cancer, reportedly prompting a 'moment of clarity'
- Singer files for divorce from Stephen after 10 years amid insider claims from his brother that their 'open relationship' prompted a fall out
- Mel flies to UK alone for her father's funeral while Stephen is seen dining with mystery women
- British socialite Lady Victoria Hervey claims she had a 'steamy night of passion' with Mel and Stephen back in 2007, when they were just married
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