'A lot of things are going to be said': Stephen Belafonte's new girlfriend Jessica Rich defends her beau's 'messy divorce' from Spice Girl Mel B
Spice Girl Mel B's ex Stephen Belafonte has a new lady in his life and she's not afraid to make her opinion known.
Jessica Rich, 31, defended her new beau's reputation in the wake of his acrimonious divorce battle with the Spice Girl in an interview with The Mirror Saturday.
The fashion designer/TV host offered her take on the situation, telling the publication: 'Whenever you go through a messy divorce a lot of things are going to be said.'
Cleaning up the mess: Spice Girl Mel B's ex Stephen Belafonte new lady Jessica Rich defended her beau's 'messy divorce' from the pop star in an interview with The Mirror published Saturday. Above the couple are seen at a March 16 event
The couple's headline-grabbing divorce battle lasted seven-months and included lurid tales of kinky sex, drug and alcohol abuse and allegations of domestic violence.
Rich — who appeared on VH1's 2008 dating series Real Chance of Love — said she didn't have any ill will towards the Wannabe singer, adding: 'I wish her the best of luck. I respect her 100% and I hope everything works out.
The duo's divorce was finalized last December, granting Belafonte joint custody of their six-year-old daughter Madison.
Stephen is still at odds with Mel over custody of her daughter Angel, who she had with Eddie Murphy. Belafonte is asking for step-parent visitation.
Dramatic: Mel (above March 12) and Stephen's headline-grabbing divorce battle lasted seven-months, included lurid tales of kinky sex, drug and alcohol abuse and allegations of domestic violence
He said, she said: The fashion designer/TV host offered her take on the situation, telling the publication: 'Whenever you go through a messy divorce a lot of things are going to be said.' She's seen in 2016 above
Jessica also offered some insight into her relationship with the restaurateur/film producer, telling The Mirror that they're taking things slowly.
'He’s only just come out of a marriage and we don’t want to force a title so we are taking things slow,' Rich said.
'I have a good feeling when I’m with him. We have the same mindset.'
The designer said she wasn't worried about public opinions, saying: 'I am getting a lot of bad press dating him but I’m like "as far as I know, he’s an amazing person."'
Custody quarrel: Stephen is still at odds with Mel over custody of her daughter Angel, who she had with Eddie Murphy. Belafonte is asking for step-parent visitation. Above Mel and Stephen can be seen with (L-R) Angel, Madison and Mel's eldest Phoenix Chi in 2015 above
During the chat Jessica also revealed the she and Stephen first met years ago while he and Mel were still married, but sparked a relationship upon reconnecting several months ago.
'Six years ago I always really liked Mel and I thought they were a really cute couple,' she said.
'...About four years ago I ran into him in LA and I wanted to reach out and give Mel some of my clothing brand.
'I didn’t speak to him for a couple of years. Then I ran into him a few months ago at his restaurant.'
Met and greet: During the chat Jessica revealed she first met Stephen years ago while he and Mel were still married and they sparked a relationship upon reconnecting several months ago
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