Mel B 'forced to ask her friends for money to help her buy a house'... after blowing her £38 million fortune on 'extravagant lifestyle' and Stephen Belafonte divorce
Mel B has resorted to asking her friends for money following her financial woes and costly divorce from Stephen Belafonte, new reports claim.
According to the Mirror, the former Spice Girl has put down a six-figure deposit on a lavish £1.5million mansion in LA - but is afraid she will lose it, if she cannot drum up the remaining amount needed to pay for the pad.
Having reportedly blown her £38 million fortune on her 'extravagant lifestyle', a source revealed that she has now 'turned to pals' for financial help, in the hope they will save her from losing any more money.
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Helping hand: Mel B has resorted to asking her friends for money following her financial woes and costly divorce from Stephen Belafonte, new reports claim
Earlier this month it was reported the 42-year-old had just £961 in one of her bank accounts, after squandering the £38million fortune earned from her pop career.
Only making matters worse, it is now believed that Mel is struggling to find cash to pay off her new £1.5million home - and is having to call on her friends to help.
A source revealed to the paper: 'It’s well-known Mel’s finances are not great, but if the house deal falls through she’ll be in an even worse situation.
In need: Having reportedly blown her £38 million fortune on her 'extravagant lifestyle', a source revealed that she has now 'turned to pals' to help her pay for her new £1.5million home
'She just can’t afford to lose any more cash. So she’s turned to pals in her hour of need and they’re trying their best to help.'
The expensive move is only made more stressful by the fact that she is struggling to sell her previous home, which she shared with ex Stephen Belafonte until their split in February.
The pair put their property on the market in March for £7.2million, but reduced the price by a whopping £800,000 two weeks later.
Bad to worse: Mel is already struggling to sell her previous home, worth £7.2million, which she shared with ex Stephen Belafonte (above) until their split in February
The house is still on the market. MailOnline has contacted representatives of Mel for comment.
The reports come after it was claimed the Spice Girls star has just £961 left in one of her company accounts.
Mel's British account Moneyspider Productions, which was set up in 1997, holds the small amount of funds, as revealed by The Sunday People.
'Extravagant lifestyle': It's been claimed Mel B has just £961 left in one of her company accounts, she is seen arriving at Los Angeles Superior Court with her lawyer for a hearing in her divorce battle with Stephen Belafonte earlier this week
Its nature of business is listed as 'Sound recording and music publishing activities'
A source told the Mirror: 'Mel is an international superstar, still working as a judge on America’s Got Talent, but she only has a small amount of money in the bank, according to Companies House. People may be very surprised.'
Mel also owns 20% of Spice Girls Limited which held £109,987 as of August 31, 2016. Her fellow bandmates own the remainder.
She owns 16% of Octopus Direct along with the other Spice Girls and music mogul Simon Fuller.
Showdown: Mel's financial situation was laid bare in the courts this week as it was revealed her multi-million fortune had been wiped out due to her 'extravagant' lifestyle
It held £10,549 as of August 31, 2016.
The singer's money woes were revealed when she attended court in Los Angeles on Friday for the first time to face Stephen, who she says subjected her to years of physical and mental abuse.
The pair both have outstanding tax debts after making 'improvident' lifestyle choices, Los Angeles Superior Court was told.
She was revealed to be making between £147, 000 and £150,000 a month.
Belafonte, who claims his income is zero, is asking for backdated wages of around £90,000, an estimated £1,729 in perks, around £54,000 in spousal support and more than £150,000 to pay for his ongoing legal costs.
Happier times: The couple married in 2007 and share one child Madison, five (pictured May 2013 in Los Angeles)
His lawyer, Grace Jamra, asked Judge Lawrence Riff to order the sale of the couple's Los Angeles home if necessary. It is currently on the market for just over £6 million.
She said: 'Their lifestyle was extravagant and affluent.
'She wiped out all her Spice Girls money, approximately $50 million (£38 million) if not more'
In exclusive DailyMail.com pictures Mel looked confident as she strode into the downtown LA court building in black pants, a white shirt, lace tie and a pair of trendy black shades.
Flanked by her legal reps, the pop star stayed quiet as she entered the building.
The former couple, who were married for 10 years, are battling over money and custody of their child.
Former couple: The former partners are seen out and about in New York in January 2015
Jacalyn Davis, representing Mel, spoke of their tax problems, saying they were 'sustained through improvident lifestyle choices'.
'They never had money at the end of the year to pay their taxes,' she added.
'All their community income was being spent and then some.
'In this marriage that would be Miss Brown's income from the Spice Girls.
'Prickly things happen when the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) doesn't get paid.'
On Friday, Judge Riff told the former couple he was 'sorry they engaged in such a rancorous fight' as he concluded the spousal support hearing.
End of their marriage: Mel and Stephen split in March this year, just short of 10 years after they married in Las Vegas
He postponed his decision on whether Stephen will be granted a total of $118,000 (£90,000) in spousal support - backdated to March - until Wednesday.
Judge Riff's decision to postpone came at the end of a bad-tempered hearing that lasted over two and a half hours - split into two sessions.
Neither Mel nor Stephen spoke during the lengthy hearing, and both refused to comment afterwards.
Attorney Larry Bakman, who is acting for Mel in a parallel domestic violence case against Stephen told DailyMail.com that he cannot comment until Judge Riff has made his order regarding spousal support.
He said: 'No - I will comment when we get the order. I have no idea [of the result]. No idea at all which way the chips are going fall.'
Happy family: Mel and Stephen posed on the red carpet in January 2015 with daughters Angel Iris Belafonte, Madison Brown Belafonte, and Phoenix Chi Gulzar
Lawyers for both parties will return to LA's Stanley Mosk courthouse on Wednesday to collect an order detailing the judge's decision.
Mel previously won a temporary restraining order after arguing her husband is abusive and has links to the porn industry.
Her lawyers claimed he was a danger to their child as a 'convicted domestic violence offender' with an 'extensive criminal history'.
Ms Jamra argued the allegations were part of 'an ongoing smear campaign'.
But Judge Riff ruled Stephen could only see five-year-old Madison twice a week at a supervised center.
Brown, now a judge on America's Got Talent, married the film producer in Las Vegas in June 2007.
Claims of violence: Mel B posted this image showing what she said was evidence of an assault by Belafonte in August 2012, which at the time she had said was caused by her falling while running in heels
She filed for divorce on March 20, citing 'irreconcilable differences'.
Mel earlier obtained a temporary restraining order against Belafonte accusing him of mental and physical abuse, taking millions of dollars from her and forcing her into threesome sex, in explosive court papers.
The TV presenter also described how she was once so desperate she took an overdose.
And she also accuses her husband of having an affair with their nanny Lorraine Gilles which resulted in the woman becoming pregnant.
She said in the filing earlier this year: 'I have tried to leave the Respondent many times. Every time I tried, the Respondent threatened me with violence and threatened to destroy my life in every way.'
Stephen has denied the claims and said that he has been set up and made to look like a 'bad guy.'
Stephen, a producer, has claimed to be homeless, in debt and without income following the break-up of the marriage.
While he was granted access to Madison, Stephen lost his battle to regain contact with Mel's daughter Angel, who was born three months before the pair's wedding in 2007. She is the daughter of Eddie Murphy, but carries Belafonte's name.
Mel filed for divorce on March 20 and said in court papers that she was the victim of 'multiple physical beatings' at the hands of her husband.
She also claimed he threatened to 'destroy' her career by releasing sex tapes of her. Lawyers for Stephen have branded the allegations 'outrageous and unfounded', and 'nothing more than a smear campaign'
Mel also secured a five-year restraining order against the couple's former nanny Gilles.
FROM THE SPICE TO THE SCARY: MEL AND STEPHEN'S ROCKY 10-MARRIAGE
Mel and Stephen tie the knot in a secret Las Vegas ceremony after just five months together
Mel publicly defends Stephen's 'abusive' past with wife Nicole Contreras in 2003: 'They're trying to make him out to be this aggressive, violent, woman batterer and he's not.'
- 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'
Couple welcome baby daughter Madison, together
Mel reveals she kissed 'all' of the Spice Girls during her time in the band
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
Mel makes plans to renew their wedding vows again expressing her determination to make her second marriage work. She said: 'Stephen is a bit crazy, but then I am a bit crazy so it kind of evens itself out'
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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