Spice Girls star Mel B has been honoured with an MBE for her work with domestic violence charity Women’s Aid – but she initially thought she was in deep trouble after getting a letter from the Queen telling her the news.
The singer was named in the New Year Honours list for services to charitable causes and vulnerable women.
While it was a massive cause for celebration, the 46-year-old has admitted she thought it was bad news at first.
Speaking on Steph’s Packed Lunch today, she described the moment she received the letter and said it was ‘overwhelming’.
‘The letter arrived at mum’s house in chauffeur driven car,’ she told presenter Steph McGovern. ‘My mum calls me and goes “there’s a letter here from your majesty, what have you done?”
‘I rushed home and my hands were shaking… My mum went “open it open it, oh my God you’re in trouble.”’
The singer went on to say: ‘I opened it up and I had to read it again and again because it wasn’t sinking in… It was really overwhelming, it wasn’t anything to do with being a Spice Girl… It was all to do with my shedding the light on the taboo topic, domestic violence.
‘Just to be acknowledged and awarded for that, to be able to be a voice and help women through traumatic experiences, and men too… it’s a lot.’
Mel, 46, was widely praised earlier this year when she starred in a short film exploring domestic violence. Directed by Fabio D’Andrea, the video saw her star as a woman who escapes an abusive relationship.
She has also spoken about abuse from a personal standpoint, alleging that her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte, who she split from in 2018, abused her. Belafonte has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Also featured in the New Year honours list are stars including Dame Vanessa Redgrave, comedian Adam Hills, and presenter and dancer Ashley Banjo.
Steph’s Packed Lunch airs on weekdays at 12.30pm on Channel 4.
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