December 28, 2014 09:05 PM

Melanie Brown, a.k.a Mel B., has a message for those pesky rumormongers: Her husband Stephen Belafonte would never hit her.

After the former Spice Girl, 39, appeared on the finale of the U.K. version of The X Factor with what appeared to be bruises, speculation went into overdrive that she and her husband were on the skids.

She posted this message on Instagram Sunday: “I’m very good was very polly but much better now and for the record my hubby never would lay a hand on me sorry took so long but any response fuels rumors #lovemyfamily #lovemyfans.”

On Christmas Day, Mel B. also posted a shot that showed her and her kids with Belafonte, 39. “Have a merry Christmas! #familytime #funday” she captioned the photo.

Mel B. has been married to Belafonte since 2007.

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