Mel B Reunites with Estranged Mother After 10 Years as They Pose for Family Photo
Melanie "Mel B" Brown, who celebrated her birthday on Monday, reunited with her estranged mother Andrea Brown – posting a photo of the two to Instagram on Tuesday
Melanie “Mel B” Brown returned to TV Tuesday night for the premiere of America’s Got Talent‘s twelfth season. But it was another reunion that had the former Spice Girls’ fans talking.
The 42-year-old singer, who celebrated her birthday on Monday, reunited with her estranged mother Andrea Brown – posting a photo of the two to Instagram on Tuesday.
It was the first photo Mel B has posted to Instagram in nearly two months since filing for divorce from husband Stephen Belafonte among explosive allegations of abuse throughout their nearly 10-year marriage.
It’s also the first time Mel B and Andrea have been seen together in nearly 10 years. The two were involved in a longstanding riff throughout Mel B’s relationship with Belafonte, with Andrea often speaking out in the press and on social media against her daughter’s husband.
The day Mel B filed for divorce, Andrea tweeted: “4 the 1st time in almost 10yrs I can go 2 bed knowing my daughter and the kids r safe no more abuse 4 any of us.”
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Alongside Andrea in the sweet shot were Mel B’s three daughters — Phoenix, 18, Angel, 10, and Madison, 5. All five women wore floral patterned dresses and flower crowns.
In the post’s caption, Mel B paid tribute to her late father Martin Brown, who died in March after a five-year battle with multiple myeloma cancer.
“My eyes are closed but I see and feel you dad,” she wrote. “You are missed every second of everyday. Me, my mum [and] my 3 daughters today celebrated you for being the most important man in our lives. #restinpeacedaddy.”
Andrea also celebrated her daughter’s birthday on Twitter Monday, writing, “Happy birthday Melanie. This is my message to you! I love love u soooo much.” She added a photo of a “Happy Birthday” sign and a T-shirt that read “Keep the Wild in You.”
Meanwhile, Mel B isn’t the only one whose Instagram is making waves. On Friday, Belafonte, 41, took to the social media platform, posting two images that appeared to respond to the abuse allegations his ex has raised.
Belafonte reposted one text that said, “I’d rather be an honest assh—, Than a well liked LIAR,” to which he captioned, “#facts #thequietbeforethestorm #truth #wow #mustbetwotruths.”
His other post declared, “The most dangerous liars are those who think they are telling the truth.” That post had the captions, “#facts #thequietbeforethestorm.”
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A Los Angeles judge ruled late last month that the AGT judge’s restraining order against Belafonte — who appeared in court for the ruling — would remain in place until the end of their divorce hearing. Belafonte was granted supervised visitation with the couple’s biological daughter, Madison.
Brown’s restraining order against the nanny she previously claimed had an affair with her estranged husband — who she secretly married in June 2007 in Las Vegas after five months of dating — was also ruled by a Los Angeles judge to remain in place, court documents obtained by PEOPLE confirmed. Brown initially requested the temporary restraining order against Lorraine Gilles on April 11. The order will reportedly remain in effect for five years.
Belafonte recently filed additional documents obtained by PEOPLE, claiming that he is currently broke and couch surfing after being kicked out of the home he shared with his wife and daughters.