Mel B's daughter discovers life under violence they lived with stepfather
"People can spend hours fixing their hair and makeup. I want people to see me as I am. "I'm definitely not a shiny Kardashian child," said Phoenix, "but that was not her strongest statement.
Mel B's daughter (formerly Spice Girls) has revealed for the first time the emotional and psychological abuse she experienced from her stepfather, Mel B's cohabitant, producer Stephen Belafonte.
"Until the age of nine, my life was like a perfect children's movie. I lived in LA with my mother. Then my world went black and white. Two months after my mom married him, friends and family were kicked out of our house and Belafonte introduced new draconian rules. I had to stay in my room with the door closed. He would not let me open the fridge. Often in the morning he would take me out and eat my sandwiches, laugh at me and tell me to go to school. He used to tell me that I was ugly and late all the time. My mom worked all the time, earning money for her - for the family. I knew she was having a terrible time. But life went on. I took care of my sisters. I also tried to take care of my mother, but I was a child. It was a big secret. We had to be a happy family. You need to know that it's not your fault and life can be improved. "Being involved with woman's Aid has helped me a lot," said Phoenix, who is now fighting with her mother for the rights of victims of domestic violence.