Mel B has spoken candidly about her decision to enter rehab and seek treatment for her reliance on alcohol and PTSD.
At the weekend, the former Spice Girl said she’s preparing to enter a UK-based rehab facility following a difficult few months in her life.
On Tuesday, the star appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in the US to reveal more details about why she’s chosen to get help.
Speaking to guest host Lea Michele on the show, Mel said: “Well, it kind of got a little bit skewed with. Let’s put it that way. Now, I’ve been in therapy since my father got diagnosed with cancer nine years ago.
“My therapy changed a little bit because I was in a very intense relationship. So, I do address a lot of those issues [in my new book].”
She continued: “But you know, no, I’m not an alcoholic. No, I’m not a sex addict. You know, I was with the same person for 10 years and that was quite a turmoil, very intense.
“That’s all I can say about it. I’d like to say a lot more, but let’s just keep it PC. But I address a lot of those issues [in my book] and I did kind of have to ease my pain. I do suffer a lot from PTSD.”
At the weekend, Mel claimed the last few months have been a struggle for her and she’s realised she needs help.
She told The Sun: “The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me.”
Mel said that in working on her autobiography, Brutally Honest, she’d been forced to relive a past abusive relationship, and that she had struggled to deal with the trauma.
She explained: “I am being very honest about drinking to numb my pain but that is just a way a lot of people mask what is really going on.
“Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel. But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol — it is underneath all that.”
She added: “I am fully aware I have been at a crisis point. No one knows myself better than I do – but I am dealing with it.”
Mel said she wants to open up about her own struggles to help others who are going through a similar experience.
The singer divorced producer Stephen Belafonte last year after ten years of marriage. They have one daughter together, Madison, six.
Mel is also a mum to daughters Angel, 11, and Phoenix, 19, from previous relationships.
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