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Mel B Admits 'Drinking to Numb My Pain'

Says she'll get treatment for sex, alcohol addiction
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 28, 2018 12:53 PM CDT
Melanie Brown is photographed in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Aug. 2, 2016.   (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Mel B has a hurdle to clear before embarking on a Spice Girls tour next year. Admitting to "drinking to numb my pain" from an allegedly abusive marriage and the death of her father last year, the 43-year-old singer and America's Got Talent judge tells the Sun she plans to enter a UK center to address sex and alcohol addictions "in the next few weeks," per the BBC. "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," she says, citing a recent PTSD diagnosis. "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," she said. The mother of three will then reportedly embark on a 13-date UK 2019 tour with the Spice Girls minus Victoria Beckham, who's busy with her fashion line, the Telegraph reported Tuesday. (Read more Mel B stories.)

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