Well, this certainly is a weird bit of information we’re not sure we needed to know. Former Spice Girl Mel B has a tattooed piece of her skin stored in her closet. Weirder still, the piece of flesh that was cut from her body bears the name of her ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte.
A Strange Keepsake
It’s been about a year since the singer revealed she’d had the tattoo removed. As it turns out, she also hung onto it. During a recent appearance on an episode of Britain’s Loose Women, she admitted to keeping the tattoo.
“I’ve saved it in a jar, which sounds a bit strange, I know,” she explained. “It’s at the top of my wardrobe. Nobody can see it, but I know it’s there and it’s off my body.”
It’s understandable that she would want to do away with the tattoo, which read “Stephen, till death do us part you own my heart.” However, the America’s Got Talent judge chose a rather unconventional way to do so.
Instead of opting for laser removal or a cover up, she decided to have a doctor remove the skin itself.
“It sounds horrific… but what I went through was so horrific,” she said, referring to her troubled relationship and subsequent divorce. Apparently, the tattoo was something she said Belafonte had forced her to get.
“I just thought I can’t go through the pain of getting it lasered off… So I convinced a good friend of mine, a doctor, to cut it off my body,” she explained. She also noted how painstaking laser removal can be.
Ridding Herself of Remnants
While their relationship had lasted 10 years, Mel B filed for divorce last year. She accused her ex of both physical and emotional abuse, though he denied her claims.
“A lot of my surgery was to do with getting out of my abusive relationship,” she said. “It was almost like a cleanse. I just wanted to feel fresh and new again and untouched by that person.”
While they recently settled their divorce, the relationship seems to have been nothing short of traumatic.
“It’s like if you’re a rape victim the first thing you want to do is get in a bath and wash everything off you,” she added. “I didn’t want to have any remnants of him on me.”