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Mel B confirms engagement and opens up on romantic proposal

Mel B (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Spice Girls star Melanie Brown has confirmed her engagement and shared her first details of the romantic proposal.

The singer and America’s Got Talent judge, best known as Mel B, was reported to have gotten engaged to Rory McPhee, her boyfriend of three years, last week.

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Now, during an appearance on Celebrity GoggleboxBrown confirmed she’s due to tie the knot after hair stylist McPhee whisked her off on a romantic getaway.

Speaking alongside Ruby Wax, she detailed how McPhee took her to Cliveden House in Berkshire to ask her the big question.

Mel B speaks on stage in support of Women's Aid at The Savoy Theater (Dave Bennett/Getty Images)

Mel B speaks on stage in support of Women’s Aid at The Savoy Theater (Dave Bennett/Getty Images)

“He said, ‘I love you, you’re my best friend and I want to spend the rest of my life with you,'” she told her friend.

“There were rose petals everywhere, a log fire, a hotel — which was Cliveden. It was very romantic. I love flowers.”

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This will be Brown’s third marriage, having previously tied the knot with Jimmy Gulzar from 1998 to 2000, and Stephen Belafonte from 2007 to 2017.

She has three daughters, Phoenix Chi, 23 from her marriage to Gulzar, Angel Iris, 15, from a relationship with actor Eddie Murphy, and 10-year-old Madison from her marriage to Belafonte.

Mel B appears on 'Good Morning Britain' (PA)

Mel B appears on ‘Good Morning Britain’ (PA)

Pals reported last week that McPhee helped her “learn to believe in love again” after her abusive marriage to Belafonte.

Belafonte and Brown married just six weeks into their relationship, with Belafonte wanting a Vegas wedding and Brown buying both wedding bands.

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She has since publicly accused him of physical and mental abuse during their relationship, which she says caused her to turn to drugs and alcohol to self-medicate. She has also spoken out about suffering PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as a result of the decade-long relationship.

Mel B (PA)

Mel B (PA)

Following her split from Belafonte, Brown has become a patron of domestic violence charity Women’s Aid, and earlier this year was awarded an MBE for her services to the organization.

McPhee runs his own hairstyling business, and originates from Brown’s hometown of Leeds.

The pair had been friends for years, having met through family, before getting together in 2019 after Brown returned to the UK from Los Angeles.

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