Mel B is ready to head on home.
With the upcoming expiration of her work visa, the UK singer, 44, is looking to move back across the pond, The Blast reports. The mother of three also intends to take her youngest daughter, Madison Brown Belafonte, with her.
Mel claims in court documents that her various income streams have dried up since her judging gig on “America’s Got Talent” ended.
“My United States Visa expires in February 2020. I will not be permitted to work or live in the United States after that point,” the documents read. “During my marriage to Stephen [Belafonte], we lived in Los Angeles, where I worked. However, all of my sources of income in the United States have been exhausted. My contract on the show, “America’s Got Talent,” ended in September of 201 8 after several years of my participation. I have not had steady income in the U.S. for over a year.”
Mel’s decision to take daughter Madison with her could cause a rift between the songstress and ex Stephen Belafonte, 44, who currently has custody of the 8-year-old on Wednesday nights and alternating weekends in California. The singer has previously alleged Belafonte was physically and sexually abusive during their marriage from 2007 to 2017.
“As the court is well aware, my marriage to Stephen was unhealthy,” Mel added. “I was subjected to years of verbal and sexual abuse by Stephen, which included his active isolation of my daughters and me (including Madison) from my home and family in the United Kingdom.”
She’s confident she’ll be able to make more money in her home country after her successful reunion tour with the Spice Girls.
“In May of 2019, I had show rehearsals with the Spice Girls, and in June and July, we performed 13 shows in the United Kingdom, allowing me to generate my main source of income for the past year.”
“If I were forced to stay in the United States,” she continued, “I would be unable to maintain the standard of living to which Madison is accustomed. The rent for my two-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles is in excess of 88,000. On top of rent, I have to pay for monthly living expenses, bills, and attorney’s fees and costs.
“With my contract with “America’s Got Talent” ending over a year ago, and my Visa expiring very quickly, it is impossible for me to continue living in the United States.”