Part 2 - Moving On: Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown
In the second part of our exclusive two-part interview, speaks to Mel B about her new beau, her tough-as-nails attorney, and whether her daughter Angel will ever meet her famous father.

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Melanie Brown and her new beau Stephen Belafonte.

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This is not a cautionary tale about baby mama drama. Melanie Brown, better known as Scary Spice, the free spirit of the legendary U.K. pop quintet the Spice Girls, is fed up with the rumors regarding her whirlwind romance and breakup with Oscar nominee Eddie Murphy. After the comedic actor publicly denied knowledge of the paternity of their 3-month-old daughter, Angel Iris Murphy Brown, Mel B is finally ready to have her say. (When contacted for this article, Eddie Murphy's representatives said, "We do not comment on Mr. Murphy's personal life.") While I'm sorry to hear things didn't work out with Eddie, I'm happy to hear you have a new man, film producer Stephen Belafonte. I have to ask: Is he related to actor Harry Belafonte?

MELANIE BROWN: (Laughs) Yeah, thank God I've known him for seven years, so I know that he won't be detrimental or disrespectful. And he loves kids—he has a 2 1/2-year-old son. But no, he's not related to Harry Belafonte. Seven years is a long time. How'd you meet?

MEL B: We met on the film set of Talk. We had a connection then, but at the time Stephen had a girlfriend and I had a boyfriend. Throughout my pregnancy when Phoenix spent weekends with her dad, I would go to this really cool spot in Mexico to meditate. I realized that throughout the madness, I had to keep strong and sane so that my baby would come out with the love and light surrounding it. He has met my mum and kids, and they like him. He's just a very caring and considerate person. I guess you were single and ready to mingle.

MEL B: No, I wasn't. When you're going through something like I did and you're pregnant, you really start thinking, That's it. I'm done with everyone—I just want friends. I can hold off on the physical. So he became a really close friend of mine and really supportive. Then one day he said, "You know, I've liked you for a long time." And I was like, "Really? I didn't know that." That part of me got shut down, which is what happens when you get hurt. How long have you two officially been dating?

MEL B: As far as a serious relationship, I would say that happened a couple of months ago. Are you two engaged?

MEL B: No, I read that and laughed. I was like, "Oh, we are? This is the first time I've heard of it." But we're very happy together. I don't care how much money you have or don't have, just be a cool person who loves kids and dogs. I read you had a power meeting at Mr. Chow with high-profile attorney Gloria Allred.

MEL B: Yeah. My only concern is that Eddie has to be responsible. If that means I have to hire a different lawyer and a female lawyer who only has the mother's and baby's best interests at heart, and it's truly not about the money, then you're my girl. If that's the route I have to go down, then that's the route I'm going. Believe me, it's taken me three months to even realize that, because like any mother I'm thinking that the dad is going to show up and be responsible. Well, that's not happening and that hasn't happened to date. As of today, Eddie has made no attempts to visit or call?

MEL B: No. But that's all going to change because he has to take responsibility. It takes two to make a baby and two to raise it. If you have a baby with me, you will be in that child's life, whether it's every week or once a year. I'm not going to have a baby and allow someone to go underground. And I'm not talking about money—I'm talking about the fact that Angel has a mum and a dad just like Phoenix has a mum and a dad.

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Part 1 - Moving On: Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown
PHOTOS: Melanie Brown
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