Mel B to be awarded MBE for her services to domestic violence victims

Mel B will reportedly be receiving an MBE for her service to domestic violence victims.

The Spice Girls singer is a patron for Women's Aid and has bravely come forward to speak about her own experiences with domestic violence.

Back in 2019, the 46 year old delivered a report on domestic abuse at Downing Street, and earlier this year, she played the role of a woman beaten badly for a devastating video for Women's Aid.

And The Sun has now claimed that the Leeds native will be honoured for her "passionate" efforts in campaigning against domestic violence after having "first-hand experience herself".

"It is well deserved. Despite her achievements in music and TV, she believes her campaigning is the most important thing she's ever done," a source told the publication of the award.

"Not only does she have first-hand experience of it, but she has met many women who have suffered. She has a real fire in her belly about campaigning.

It was added to the publication: "She is so passionate about it and brings so much energy to everything she works on. She was incredibly brave to speak out as it is such a deeply personal thing for her."

OK! has contacted representatives for Mel for further comment.

Mel has previously claimed she was in a violent relationship with ex-husband Stephen Belafonte for years and detailed how she struggled to break out of his "reign of terror". He strongly denies her claims.

In an interview with ITV News Mel said: "I was married for 10 years and I did find the strength to leave, but then I ended up going back… it was just an impossible situation for me. When you are in that kind of relationship, it literally feels impossible to get out because you're isolated.

"Some women don't have access to their phones, even their finances. Like in my situation, you are completely cut off from a regular normal world. What becomes your normality is living in an abusive relationship with no way out, but there is help."

Mel and Stephen have daughter Madison together and Mel is also mum to daughters Phoenix and Angel from previous relationships. She divorced Belafonte in 2018 after reaching a settlement in court.

Starring in the collaboration with composer Fabio D'Andrea for Women's Aid back in May, Mel was dragged around the house trying to escape from a violent partner who was assaulting her, eventually managing to flee out of the house.

The makeup was brutal and realistic and shocked many people, and it was hoped that the realistic nature of the video would help those struggling with similar situations.

If you or someone you know has been affected by issues raised in this article you can contact Women's Aid or call The Freephone 24 hour National Domestic Violence Helpline, run by Refuge on 0808 2000 247.

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