Mel B returns to Twitter following split from husband

By Gemma Strong

Mel B had remained resolutely silent on social media following her split from husband Stephen Belafonte, but on Monday the former Spice Girl returned to Twitter to show her support for fellow British singer Adele. The 41-year-old retweeted a message posted by Billboard which read: "Adele's 21 has broken the record for longest-charting album by a woman on the #Billboard200." It's the first tweet Mel has posted in three weeks. Her last message read: "You have to be at your strongest when you're feeling at your weakest.”

TAP TO VIEW GALLERYA photo of a tweet by Mel BMel B has returned to Twitter following her split from husband Stephen Belafonte

Mel filed for a restraining order against Stephen one week ago. In her official documents, she alleged a litany of abuse had taken place throughout their marriage, and said she had tried to leave her partner on a number of occasions, but claimed he had threatened to destroy her career and take her children, adding: "[He] threatened me with violence and threatened to destroy my life in every possible way."

A photo of Mel B and Stephen BelafonteThe couple were married for almost ten years and share five-year-old daughter Madison

At the weekend, good friend and former X Factor colleague Simon Cowell spoke out in support of the star, telling the Sun: "She's an incredible person. If you think about what Mel's done since leaving The Spice Girls and what she's gone through, how hard she works and how I saw her try to handle this situation, it was astonishing. Yes, she's under pressure but I think she's in a good place." He continued: "It really made me think about her as a person, what she's achieved as a working mum and how she's managed to balance everything. I don't think she gets the recognition she deserves."

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