‘AGT’ Judge Mel B Headed to Rehab
Many Mel B fans have noted her odd behavior as of late. It started popping up during last year’s season of America’s Got Talent, but has gotten even more obvious as of late, with her seeming more and more “out of it” during tapings of the program.
Many have speculated it has something to do with her recent divorce, and that seems to be part of it according to a recent statement from her to The Sun, in which Mel opened up about her addition issues and PTSD.
“The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me.I’ve been working with a writer on my book, Brutally Honest, and it has been unbelievably traumatic reliving an emotionally abusive relationship and confronting so many massive issues in my life from the death of my dad to my relationship with men.
I’ve also been through more than a year of court battles which have left me financially battered and at the mercy of the legal system which is completely weighted against emotionally abused women because it’s very hard to prove how someone took away all your self-respect and self-worth.
I am being very honest in my book about drinking to numb my pain but that is just a way a lot of people mask what is really going on.
Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel. But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol — it is underneath all that.
I have recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and on August 9, after trying many different therapies I started a course of therapy called EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing) which in a nutshell works on the memory to deal with some of the very painful and traumatic situations I have been through.I don’t want to jinx it, but so far it’s really helping me. I am fully aware I am at a crisis point.
No-one knows myself better than I do. But I am dealing with it. I love my three girls more than life itself.
I have also made the decision to go into a proper therapy programme in the next few weeks, but it has to be in the UK because I am very, very British and I know that will work best for me.I am still struggling. But if I can shine a light on the issue of pain, PTSD and the things men and women do to mask it, I will do.
I am speaking about this because this is a huge issue for so many people.
I’m not perfect, and I have never pretended to be.
But I am working on being a better version of myself for my kids, for my family and for all the people who have supported me in my life.”
We here at Talent Recap are sending the best to Mel as she embarks on this journey of recovery. While it’s sad to know that she’s feeling this way, self-awareness is a great first step and we hope she gets better soon.
Whether or not Mel will finish or sit out the last four weeks of AGT live shows is unknown, but the mention of the program not starting for a few weeks leads me to believe she might try to stick around for the remainder of the season. Regardless, I know we’re all hoping she puts her health first and only continues judging if she feels up to it.
America’s Got Talent returns tomorrow at 8/7c on NBC.