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Mel B. Spends Christmas with Husband Stephen Belafonte Amid Split Rumors

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After weeks of speculation about the state of her marriage, Melanie Brown, a.k.a. Mel B., moved to stop the rumors once and for all on Christmas Day.

The former Spice Girl posted a pic on Instagram that showed her and her kids with her husband, Stephen Belafonte. “Have a merry Christmas! #familytime #funday” she captioned the photo.

Belafonte, 39, smiled in the photo as he held Angel, 7, whose father is Eddie Murphy, while Mel B. cradled their child, Madison, 3, and her oldest daughter, Phoenix, 15, sat between the couple.

Have a merry Christmas! #familytime #funday

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British newspapers went into overdrive after Mel B., 39, was hospitalized with severe stomach pains on Dec. 11 and appeared three days later on the finale of the U.K. version of The X Factor with what appeared to be bruises.

“I don’t usually respond to Twitter msgs but I will respond to comments of hitting my wife which I think are quite disgusting un true,” Belafonte wrote on Twitter later that day.

On Christmas Eve, Belafonte posted a pic on Instagram of him and Phoenix doing some last-minute shopping. Responding to nasty comments on the post, Phoenix, whose father is Mel B.’s first husband, Jimmy Gulzar, wrote, “Can everyone just chill he didn’t hit my mom don’t know how that stupid rumor came up.”