Eddie Murphy and Mel B's relationship was filled with love during the early stages. However, after the singer got pregnant, their once happy romance crumbled. Here is what happened.
Born in April 1961, American Actor, Comedian, and Producer Eddie Murphy has worked his way up the ladder of success with his on-screen poise and loveable personality.
However, he is also famous for having many children he shares with different women. One of the women Murphy dated was English Singer, Actress, and Television Personality Melanie Brown, popularly known as Mel B.
Portrait of Comedian Eddie Murphy at an event. [Left] | Melanie Brown and daughters arrive at "America's Got Talent" Season 11 Finale Live Show at Dolby Theatre on September 13, 2016. [Right] | Photo: Getty Images
Murphy and Mel B's relationship made the headlines multiple times due to its controversies. However, the pair first met each other in 2006, and it was love at first sight.
Not long after, they started dating, and according to the former Spice Girl, the relationship was extraordinary. The pair were so in love to the point that they got matching tattoos.
Murphy also moved Mel B and her daughter into his mansion in Hollywood after asking the singer's father for her hand in marriage. Sadly, the love they shared could not stop their relationship from crumbling. Here's what happened.
Eddie Murphy at Spike TV's "Eddie Murphy: One Night Only" at the Saban Theatre on November 3, 2012. | Photo: Getty Images
MURPHY AND MEL B'S CHILD PLAN
A few months after they started dating, they began planning their wedding after Mel B got pregnant. In her memoir "Brutally Honest," the actress revealed that the decision to get pregnant was mutual.
Murphy told her how he wanted to settle down and have a child. During a vacation in Mexico in July 2006, Mel B fell pregnant, and they were thrilled about having a baby. However, the pair's romance soon began to fall apart.
While pregnant with their little girl, Mel B returned to Leeds to think about their relationship. Murphy thought the singer had broken up with him, but Mel B claimed she would return. In the end, the television personality mentioned that Murphy "spectacularly dumped her."
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Things got more heated between the duo when the comedian made a derogatory comment about his ex's pregnancy. He told a reporter that he was unsure about the child's paternity and could only be confident after a blood test was done.
Mel B said the actor's words hurt her as they made her look like a promiscuous woman. She stated that talking about his private life was entirely out of character for Murphy. Mel B was heartbroken that he could say horrible things about a woman he once loved.
Eddie Murphy and family during "Shrek 2" Los Angeles Premiere at Mann Village Theatre in Westwood on May 8, 2004. | Photo: Getty Images
What bothered her the most was that she had looked for reasons to justify Murphy's character but could not find any. So, Mel B demanded a paternity test, but she revealed to People that initially, the actor refused to take the test.
Mel B wanted to prove that Murphy was the father of her child and was set to go the extra mile, even if it meant her taking him to court to force him to do the test. Murphy eventually complied, and on June 22, 2007, the DNA test results confirmed that he was the father.
Spice Girls photographed backstage at the Brit Awards in February 1997. | Photo: Getty Images
HOW THE BREAKUP AFFECTED MEL B
Mel B described the period of the pregnancy as a horrible time. During an episode of her reality TV show "Mel B: It's A Scary World," she explained that she was under the microscope. So Mel B moved to the beach to prevent the paparazzi from following her.
In addition, the mother of three dealt with hate comments, which said she was a gold digger and got pregnant on purpose. In conclusion, it was one of the darkest moments of her life.
Mel B says Murphy is the love of her life and will always be.
Melanie Brown and daughters arrive at "America's Got Talent" Season 11 Finale Live Show at Dolby Theatre on September 13, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images
The former partners have put their differences aside and focused on being parents to their beautiful daughter, Angel Iris. Sadly, Murphy did not witness Angel's birth, but in May 2017, he reconnected with his little girl, and to date, he remains a huge part of her life.
The proud mother made it known that she encouraged the father and daughter relationship as soon as the DNA test was released.
Melanie "Mel B" Brown and her daughters attend the grand opening of Sugar Factory Hollywood on November 13, 2013. | Photo: Getty Images
MEL B AND MURPHY'S COURT CASE
Although Murphy is in his daughter's life, he and Mel B do not have joint custody of Angel. In 2009, the "Dancing With The stars" icon was granted sole custody of their child, and the father was ordered to pay $25,000 monthly in child support.
In addition, Murphy was asked to cover his daughter's health insurance and her educational expenses. However, in October 2020, Mel B revisited their agreement. She filed court documents requesting an increment in child support, claiming a drastic reduction in her income.
Singer Mel B and daughters arrive at the premiere of Disney's "Alice Through The Looking Glass" at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016. | Photo: Getty Images
The singer's lawyers, Bruce Cooperman and Erica Lubans noted that both Mel B and Murphy were successful in the entertainment industry.
However, the former's income had drastically reduced, forcing her to consider modifying child support for the first time. It is unknown if the pair finally agreed.
Despite their differences, Mel B still speaks highly of her ex-boyfriend. In 2018, she was a guest on Steve Harvey's talk show "Steve," where she sang the praises of Murphy. Mel B confessed that the comedian is loving, respectful, and caring.
THE PAIR'S OTHER CHILDREN
She further stated that they had a loving relationship, with a beautiful daughter to show for it. Mel B says Murphy is the love of her life and will always be.
Apart from Angel, Mel B is also a doting mother to two other girls, Phoenix Chi Gulzar and Madison Brown Belafonte. She shares Phoenix with Actor Jimmy Gulzar and Madison with her ex-husband of ten years, Stephen Belafonte.
On the other hand, Murphy is a father of nine other children, Eric, Bria, Miles, Shayne, Zola, Bella, Christian, Izzy, and Max.
He shares Eric with Paulette McNeely. He shares Bria, Miles, Shayne, Zola, and Bella with his former partner, Nicole. He shares Christian with Tamara Hood. He shares Izzy and Max with his fiancee Paige Butcher.