Who is Stephen Belafonte? Untold truth about Mel B’s ex-husband


Stephen Belafonte is a well-known film producer and director known as Mel Bhis ex-husband. He has produced and directed many films, including: Mutant Chronicles (2008), The Crow: Bad Prayer (2005), and Bad Lieutenant: New Orleans Port of Call. Likewise, his ex-wife Mel B is a famous singer and actress best known for being a member of the Spice Girls.

The famous husband is best known for being linked to his former partner. But many people and the media also want to know more about him. They have many questions about the producer and also want to know the reason behind the divorce of the former couple.

Apart from that, people also want to know other facts like information about his parents, siblings, net worth and more. Does Stephen also have children and is he dating or dating someone? That’s why this article gives you insight and information about Stephen Belafonte, the ex-husband of Mel B.


Who is Stefan Belafonte? Details about his parents, early life and age

As we said before, he is a film producer and director. Belafonte was born on May 18, 1975, in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. He is the son of Thomas Stansbury and Sheryl Stansbury. Speaking of his age, Stephen is 47 years old as of 2022.

He has a brother named Jeremiah Stansbury and five others whose names are still under the radar. When Stephan was 12, he moved to Point Pleasant, New Jersey with his siblings and mother.

Likewise, talking about his racial background, he is of mixed ethnicity and is American by nationality. Likewise, talking about his educational details, he has a graduate degree from Loyola Marymount University.

What is Stephen Belafonte’s real name?

His real name is Stephen Brain Stansbury. He changed his last name from Stansbury to Belafonte when he was 18 when he moved to Los Angeles from New Jersey.

He is a film producer/director

Stephen Belafonte started his career after graduating from university by launching a film production company called Remag. He started directing and producing many documentaries aimed at rappers. Likewise, he later produced and directed a handful of TV shows and movies.

Stephen Belafonte is a producer
Mel B’s ex-husband is a producer and director.

Belafonte is best known for Thanks for smoking (2005), The Crow: Bad Prayer (2005), Mutant Chronicles (2008), and Bad Lieutenant: New Orleans Port of Call (2009). Apart from that, he also works as a manager for Malu Trevejo, an artist and public figure. Likewise, according to his LinkedIn accounthe is the owner of Osiris Entertainment which he started in January 2007.

Stephen Belafonte and Mel B were married for 10 years

The former couple secretly dated in Las Vegas on June 6, 2007, but later decided to remarry on November 8, 2008 in Hurghada, Egypt, in front of their relatives and friends. The duo were together for 10 years before they decided to go their separate ways.

Stephen Belafonte with his wife
The couple married in 2007.

They first met on the set of the movie To talk and started dating in February 2007 and decided to take their relationship to the next level in June 2007, just 3 months after dating.

The couple is blessed with a daughter

The former couple is also blessed with a daughter. Melanie gave birth to her daughter on September 1, 2011. The duo named their daughter Madison Brown Belafonte. She is 11 years old as of 2022.

Melanie Brown filed for divorce, what was the reason?

Spice Girls member Mel B filed for divorce against Stephen on March 20, 2017, citing irreconcilable differences. She also requested joint custody of their daughter Madison and the release of Belafonte’s spousal support.

In addition, she also blocked him from using her bank account. According to Brown, Stephen was in control of her £40 million fortune and controlled how it was spent during their marriage.

Mel B was banned from ex-husband Stephen Belafonte

The famous singer/actress was given a restraining order on Stephen, forcing him to stay away from Melanie and her children. She claimed he would physically and sexually abuse her throughout their 10 years of marriage.

According to the reports from TMZ, she accused Stephen of forcing her to have a threesome with their nanny Lorraine Giles. She also claimed that he got her pregnant and even forced her to have an abortion. He even gave her $300,000 out of Mel B’s pocket to make it happen.

Stephen's wife filed for divorce after allegedly impregnating their nanny
Mel B claims that Stephen got their nanny pregnant.

In addition, she also said that he has multiple sex tapes of her and threatened to publish them to damage her image. Likewise, she also accused him of having a gun, despite being banned from carrying one, as he was previously charged with domestic violence involving another woman. According to her, it is either a .357 or .38 magnum.

Following the incident, Mel B fired nanny Lorraine Giles in September 2017.

Stephen Belafonte claims the allegations are fake and that Brown pulled a stunt to save her TV career

When Stephen’s ex-wife made the accusation, the producer/director said it wasn’t true, including the claims that their nanny was pregnant. He said it was outrageous and unfounded.

In a statement obtained by TMZ Stephen calls Mel B a liar and that she is doing it to protect her image and TV career. His lawyer said it is a shame that Brown has not humbly accepted the private matter and that Belafonte vehemently denies the allegations, adding:

“When the court establishes the truth, it will become apparent that this whole charade was nothing more than a smear campaign designed to cover up Mrs. Brown’s own conduct during the marriage in light of her current involvement with a family television program and in an to gain influence, both financially and with regard to the custody of the children.”

The restraining order was lifted in a two-week trial deal

The legal battle between Stephen and his ex-wife ended after a private deal between them. Under the deal, the producer was free from the restraining order and allowed access to his child. However, he was not granted visitation rights for his stepdaughter.

In addition, Mel B was ordered to pay £270,000 in legal fees within 30 days and £3,800 in child support per month. Likewise, the money she gets from the sale of the couple’s $6 million mansion.

Stephen Belafonte was also married to a woman named Nancy Carmell

Mel B’s ex-husband was previously married to Nancy Carmell in 1997. However, the marriage was short-lived. It was only two months after she went to her hometown in Honolulu and asked for the marriage to be annulled.

After that, Stephen had a relationship with a model Nicole Contreras with whom he had a daughter Giselle Belafonte in 2004.

On the other hand, Melaine Brown was previously together with Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar van (1998-2000). They share a daughter Phoenix Chi Gulzar. Likewise, she also dated Eddie Murphy and the couple shared a child Angel Iris Murphy Brown in April 2007.

Stephen Belafonte was mired in countless controversies

The film producer/director has been in multiple controversies apart from his divorce from Melanie Brown. He was charged and charged with theft in New Jersey in 1994. Similarly, in the year 2000, he was charged with beating up two men, but the case was dropped after Stephen agreed to pay for the damage to their vehicle.

Three years later, he was charged with domestic violence against his ex-girlfriend Nicole Contreras. He further admitted to killing a duck with a brick in front of his house in 2007, but flew to LA without paying his £300 fine. Finally, in 2010, while on an outing with his then-wife Mel B, he got into an argument with three men at May Fair Hotel, where one of them needed medical attention.

A Brief Introduction to Stephen’s Ex-Wife Mel B: She’s a Singer and Actress

Born on 29 May 1975 in Leeds West Yorkshire, England, Melanie Janine Brown is an English singer-songwriter, actress and famous television personality. She is best known as a member of the girl group Spice Girl in the 1990s. The group sold more than 100 million records worldwide and also became the ‘best selling female group of all time’.

Stephen Belafonte's wife, Mel B, is a well-known personality
Mel B is a singer, songwriter and actress.

Likewise, during the group’s hiatus, she debuted with the solo album Hot (2000). One song from the album in particular called I want you back reached number one on the UK Singles Chart. She has released multiple songs including: Feels so goodand Say which also reached the top five on the Singles Chart.

She also released a song once in my life in 2013 after an eight-year hiatus. The song was a hit, reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs Chart.

In addition to her music career, Mel B is also a television personality. She has participated in the series of American dance competitions Dancing with the stars (2007). She has also been the judge of many shows, including: The X Factor, America’s Got Talent (2013-2018), The Masked Singer Australia (2022), and more.

The net worth of Stephen Belafonte

Mel B’s former husband is estimated to have a total net worth of $1 million. He has amassed his fortune from his career as a producer and director, as well as from the amount he earned from the divorce settlement he received from Melanie Brown.

On the other hand, his former significant other, Melanie Brown, is estimated to have a total net worth of $6 million. She has earned her wealth from her career as a singer and actress.


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