Fans are voicing their support for Mel B after she revealed that she has decided to check herself into rehab for alcohol and sex addiction.
“I have made the decision to go into a proper therapy in the next few weeks, but it has to be in the UK because I am very, very British and I know that will work best for me,” she said to The Sun in a statement on Sunday.
“The past six months have been incredibly difficult for me,” she said. “I’ve been working with a writer on my book, Brutally Honest, and it has been unbelievably traumatic reliving an emotionally abusive relationship and confronting so many massive issues in my life.” She added, “Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel. But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol– it is underneath all that. I am fully aware I have been at a crisis point. No one knows myself better than I do — but I am dealing with it.”
She says she decided to vocalize her decision to spotlight pain and PTSD.
“I am still struggling but if I can shine a light on the issue of pain, PTSD and the things men and women do to mask it, I will do,” she said. “I am speaking about this because this is a huge issue for so many people.”
Mel’s mother, Andrea Brown wrote a post addressing her daughter’s struggle:
“I’m so proud of my daughter. She has the courage to face her demons head on and deal with them,” Andrea wrote. “I know what hell she has been through and I know what trauma she has suffered and still suffers. Do not judge because so many people have PTSD and try and numb the pain any way they can. I am proud of her honesty and I am proud my daughter speaks out on a subject that affects so many people.”