Deets About Mel B’s ‘Wild Fling’ With James Arthur During ‘AGT’


Did former AGT judge Mel B have a romance with The X Factor UK winner James Arthur in 2017? According to a new report, she might have. A source told The Sun (via Cosmo) that the pair had a “wild fling” shortly after Mel’s split from husband Stephen Belafonte.

Mel and James apparently met when he made an appearance on AGT while Mel was on the judging panel. Mel B has also judged X Factor, although she was only a guest judge in the season in which James appeared. James previously dated another X Factor judge, Rita Ora.

Mel B And James Arthur Had A Fling?!

Mel, now 44, and James, now 31, were reportedly “brought together by Simon Cowell who secured James an opportunity to perform on the show.” Viewers apparently remarked that Mel seemed to have a “major crush” on James when he performed with finalists Evie Clair and Chase Goehring.

Evie Clair and Chase Goehring Perform with the STAR James Arthur on America´s Got Talent 2017

“James was single at the time and they hit it off instantly,” the source told The Sun. “Mel thought James was very handsome and would become the next big British music superstar. James couldn’t believe his luck that a stunning member of the Spice Girls would be interested in him. They had a wild fling and loved spending time together, but it ended respectfully.”

Mel B Not Returning For ‘AGT: The Champions’

Mel B and fellow judge Heidi Klum didn’t return for Season 14 of AGT, being replaced by Julianne Hough and Gabrielle Union. Heidi was recently announced as a judge for the second season of AGT: The Champions, but Mel B won’t be joining her. Instead, BGT judge Alesha Dixon will sit at the table.

Earlier this year, Mel was touring with the Spice Girls. Then in June, a new animated Spice Girls movie was announced, with all of the original members reportedly on board. Mel is also hosting a dating podcast called “The Truth Flirts.”

As for her own love life, Mel told The Independent that she’s “perfectly happily single” at the moment.

Want to see America’s Got Talent Pajama Party with Mel B and Howie Mandel?

Watch Hannah and Cailin Loesch catch up with America’s Got Talent judges Mel B and Howie Mandel before the season 10 premiere talk in their pajamas. It’s hilarious!


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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