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Simon Cowell Desperately Tried Convince Mel B To Divorce Stephen Belafonte

Apr. 5 2017, Published 2:56 p.m. ET

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Simon Cowell was so worried about X Factor co-judge Mel B after her overdose in 2014, he arranged for her to meet with divorce lawyers, RadarOnline.com has learned.

According to The Sun, Cowell and the Syco team were "horrified" at Mel B's husband Stephen Belafonte's control behavior, which allegedly led to the incident.

"Although no one was sure what was going on, Simon and the team at Syco really became concerned at The X Factor finale in 2014," an insider told the publication.

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"In the days afterwards, following her release from hospital, they tried to help her leave Belafonte. They introduced her to divorce lawyers to help her to go through with it."

Now, as Radar readers know, the former Spice Girls member — also known as Melanie Brown — is embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with her ex, and even filed a restraining order against him.

According to the singer's no-holds-barred declaration in a Los Angeles court filing, she claims her husband Stephen Belafonte's alleged abuse and "mind-games" became so "overwhelming" in December 2014, she swallowed a whole bottle of painkiller Aspirin in "in a moment of emotional and physical exhaustion."

Brown was granted a temporary restraining order on April 3. She will return to court on April 24.

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