After some travail over a divorce conflict over his ill-fated union with Spice Girl aka Melanie Janine Brown, American producer Stephen Belafonte settled the divorce with her in a heated court battle in March 2017. Moreover, his ex-wife had to pay the price of £6.5m to settle the bitter divorce.
Stephen is an American producer who worked as an associate producer in 2004 movie Never Die Alone. He also appeared in Dancing with the Stars during the season five finale.
Parents Details: Estranged Father; Changed His Surname
Stephen was born to his parents Thomas Stansbury and Sheryl Stansbury. He has six siblings as his family members. Stephen is not in a close relationship with his father, Thomas Stansbury. In 1987, he moved to Point Pleasant, New Jersey along with his mother Sheryl and six siblings.
However, in 1993, he returned to his native hometown in Los Angeles and changed his parents-heritage surname 'Stansbury' to 'Belafonte.' His ex-wife, Melanie Janine Brown claimed that the movie producer changed his name because he could tell people that his father was one of the most successful Jamaican-American pop stars, Harry Belafonte though they aren't related by any means. Stephen has yet to comment regarding his ex-wife allegations.
How Much Is Stephen Belafonte's Net Worth?
Stephen Belafonte, 43, has gathered a net worth of $1 million as an American producer. He has gathered revenues from his stint on the movies like Never Die Alone, Thank You for Smoking, The Crow: Wicked Prayer, and Mutant Chronicles. His ex-wife, Mel B claimed that between July 2017-2018, she provided her ex-husband $422,000 as spousal support. The American producer settled his divorce with the Harheild native singer at the price of £6.5m after a divorce battle throughout 2017. He reportedly paid £500,000 in legal fees during his court battle with Mel B.
Stephen Belafonte and his ex-wife, Melanie Janine Brown settled their divorce at the price of £6.5m in May 2018 (Photo: thesun.co.uk)
At one point, his ex-wife, Melanie Janine Brown (also known as Mel B) had a net worth of $30 million during her peak career. However, after filing a divorce with Stephen in 2017, a judge ordered her to pay her director ex-husband $40,000 per month as spousal support. In the divorce trial between the estranged couple, one petition showed Melanie had earned around $240 thousand per month as a judge on America's Got Talent. She also showed towards a court in July 2018 that she had paid her ex-husband $422,000 in 2017. However, the filing showed that his ex-wife's net worth was -3.2 million after spending all of her expenses.
During the court battle, she claimed that the film producer physically abused her for over a decade. The English singer also claimed that he was jealous of her and became abusive and demanding because she was linked to an American singer, Usher.
Stephen has one daughter Madison Brown Belafonte with his ex-wife Mel B. The Mutant Chronicles producer also share a daughter name, Giselle Belafonte from his previous relationship with the actress Nicole Contreras.
Mel B also has a daughter named Phoenix Chi Gulzar from her failed marriage with Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar and another daughter named Angel Iris Murphy Brown with Hollywood actor Eddie Murphy.
New Girlfriend Defended Stephen
Stephen's new girlfriend Jessica Rich, 31, defended him on March 2018 over his ugly divorce and allegations of domestic abuse from his estranged wife. In an interview with Mirror, Jessica said that she used to admire his wife and think that they were cute as a couple. She explained,
Whenever you go through a messy divorce a lot of things are going to be said. You know Mel dropped the case so clearly whatever Stephen said was true. He’s only just come out of a marriage and we don’t want to force a title so we are taking things slow.
Jessica further stated that she has a good feeling whenever she is with Stephen. The new girlfriend of the TV producer also claimed that both of them have the same mindset. After the split with Mel B, the TV producer started dating Jessica in February 2018. The duo first met each other during the time he tied the knot with his ex-wife, Mel B in 2007.
Stephen Belafonte was born as Stephen Stansbury on 18 May 1975 in Los Angeles, California. The Film producer was at the age of 12 when he moved to Point Pleasant, New Jersey with his family. At the age of 18, Stephen moved back to his native hometown and changed his surname to Belafonte. Stephen holds American nationality and carries a Caucasian ethnicity. As per wiki, he graduated at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California.