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Mel B ‘Splits With Husband Stephen Belafonte Following Series of Blazing Rows'

16/12/2014 07:21 GMT | Updated 16/12/2014 07:59 GMT

Mel B has reportedly split with her husband of seven years, Stephen Belafonte, after a series of blazing rows.

According to The Sun, the ‘X Factor’ judge has not spoken to Stephen since she was rushed to hospital last week with a mystery illness.

Mel missed Saturday night’s final of the singing competition on doctor’s orders. She was back for Sunday night’s grand finale, but wasn’t wearing her wedding ring.

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Mel B with her husband Stephen Belafonte

Shocked fans took to Twitter to comment on the former Spice Girls fragile appearance as she took to the stage with what looked like marks on her body, prompting Stephen to strongly deny the ‘disgusting’ allegations that he had physically abused his wife.

Sources close to the couple have told The Sun that their marriage is on ‘life support’, with further speculation that Mel has been readmitted to hospital.

A source told the newspaper: “Mel’s marriage has reached crisis point — in fact it’s on life support. She has told friends it is over with Stephen.

“It was a very symbolic gesture when she removed her wedding ring before appearing on The X Factor final on Sunday night.

“She knew what she was doing and wanted to send Stephen a clear message about her feelings.

“Mel hasn’t spoken to Stephen once since her admission to hospital last week and as it stands she doesn’t want to see him.

“He didn’t come to the hospital at all. It’s a very sad state of affairs given she could have died.

“Everyone around her is encouraging her to stay strong and to leave him for good this time because they don’t believe their relationship is healthy.”

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Mel's wedding ring was nowhere to be seen during Sunday night's 'X Factor' final

During Mel’s time in hospital, her estranged mum and sister, who she no longer speaks to, took to Twitter pleading for information on her condition - and also took a swipe at Stephen, branding him ‘an evil liar’.

Her worried mum, Andrea tweeted: "Mothers worse nightmare to hear ur daughters seriously ill in hosp and not know where to go!!"

Mel’s younger sis, Danielle added: "STOP @stephenthinks1 with your evil lies!! You told me and my mum yesterday she is fine and not in hospital @SimonCowell just doing press!"

Meanwhile, Mel’s aunt Diane Cook told The Mirror: “I really hope she does split up with Stephen. I hope she gets away from him. We all believe Stephen has got her under his control.

“We are worried about Mel but there is nothing we can do.”

And her uncle Eric Dixon added: “He is not a very nice bloke.”

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