Americas Got Talent judge and former X Factor UK panelist, Mel B. told The Sun that she plans on entering a British rehab facility in a few weeks to deal with substance and sex abuse issues:
“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.
“I am being very honest 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 am fully aware I have been at a crisis point. No one knows myself better than I do – but I am dealing with it.
“I have 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. Mel admitted she is ‘fully aware I have been at a crisis point’
“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.”
Additionally, Mel says she has been “financially battered” following her split from US producer Steven Belafonte. In order to treat PTSD, Mel has began a course of psychotherapy called EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing.
She told The Sun, “I have recently been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. I don’t want to jinx it, but so far it’s really helping me.
“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 – whom I love more than life itself – and for all the people who have supported me.”
Mel is mother to Phoenix, 19, Angel, 11, and Madison, 6. Americas Got Talent is currently airing live shows live shows. The finale is scheduled for Wednesday September 19.