Mel B, 43, has announced her decision to check into a rehab clinic following her post-traumatic stress disorder diagnosis.
The Spice Girl, who’s been working on her book Brutally Honest, is preparing to check into a UK-based therapy programme after reaching “crisis point.”
America’s Got Talent judge Mel, whose full name Melanie Brown, admitted to using alcohol and sex after a difficult time in her life, including split from ex-husband Stephen Belafonte and the death of her father, Martin Brown.
The singer made the decision to seek treatment after writing her memoir caused her to relive her painful past.
Speaking out, Mel said: “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.”
She added to The Sun on Sunday: “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.”
Post-Traumatic stress disorder or PTSD is an anxiety disorder caused by very stressful, frightening or distressing events.
“I am fully aware I have been at a crisis point”
Someone with PTSD often relives the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks, and may experience feelings of isolation, irritability and guilt.
They may also have problems sleeping, such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult.
These symptoms are often severe and persistent enough to have a significant impact on the person’s day-to-day life.
Mel is mum to daughters Madison, Angel and Phoenix.
Madison, 6, is Stephen Belafonte’s daughter, while Angel, 11, is her daughter with Eddie Murphy, 57.
Phoenix, 19, is from her first marriage to Dutch actor Jimmy Gulzar.
Her rehab news comes just one day after The Sun have claimed the Spice Girls would be reuniting for a 13-date reunion tour next year.