MEL B’s estranged husband, Stephen Belafonte, isn’t just seeking joint custody of their five-year-old daughter together — he also wants visitation rights for the singer’s daughter with Eddie Murphy.
The former Spice Girl’s restraining order against Belafonte, 41, requires him to stay away from both her and her daughters, including Madison and Murphy’s daughter, Angel, as well as Mel B’s eldest daughter, Phoenix.
She requested sole physical and legal custody of the girls in her March divorce filing after nearly a decade of marriage, The New York Post reports.
Belafonte was also ordered to leave the home he and Mel B, 41, shared, which she promptly put on the market.
The film producer is seeking joint legal and physical custody of Madison, and in documents obtained by TMZ, Belafonte requested visitation with Angel.
“Stephen would like to schedule a meeting as soon as possible to discuss the resolution of temporary issues including his ability to see Madison and Angel, whom we would appreciate continuing to have contact with,” Belafonte’s lawyers wrote in a letter to Mel B’s team on March 31.
Sources told the site that Belafonte sees himself as Angel’s father, having married Brown when Angel was just two-months-old, and pointing out that Murphy has been a “marginal” part of Angel’s life.
Mel B herself said the same in a March 2016 interview, noting, “[Angel] sees Stephen as her dad. He’s been there since the beginning.”
Murphy, 56, initially denied paternity of Angel when she was first born in 2007 until a DNA test proved that he was her father. He and Mel B currently have a “fine” relationship, she told The Guardian in 2014.
This story originally appeared in The New York Post and has been republished here with permission.
Originally published as Mel B’s fight over Eddie Murphy’s girl