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Mel B defends Stephen Belafonte

Mel B insists Stephen Belafonte "would never lay a hand" on her.

The 'X Factor' judge - who sparked concern when she appeared on the British TV series with scratches and bruises on her body after being hospitalised for a mystery illness earlier this month, amid rumours her marriage to the film producer was on the rocks - has finally broken her silence on the matter after reuniting with him in Los Angeles.

The 39-year-old star posted a photograph of them cuddling up together at an event on Instagram, with the caption: "This is for my fans havin problems with my Twitter will be back soon! I'm very good was very polly but much better now and for the record my hubby never would lay a hand on me sorry took so long but any response fuels rumors #lovemyfamily #lovemyfans (sic)"

The message comes just days after the former Spice Girls singer, who has three-year-old daughter Madison with Stephen, as well as daughter Phoenix Chi, 15, and Angel, seven, from previous relationships, was spotted leaving a sushi restaurant in Tarzana, California hand-in-hand with him.

A source previously claimed the British star was preparing to file for divorce after a string of arguments, saying: "At the moment she is discussing divorce.

"She knows this isn't the easiest option. It's going to be tough. But she knows her marriage is over."

The duo now appear to have put their issues behind them and spent Christmas in LA with their children.

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