In 2006, Beverly Hills Cop star Eddie Murphy apparently wanted to spice up his life and decided to become the lover of Melanie Brown, aka Scary Spice of the Spice Girls. Both superstars were fresh out of other relationships. The “Saturday Night Live” legend had divorced his wife of 12 years, Nicole Mitchell, in April, per People, and the ex-boyfriends had 5 children together. The British “2 Become 1” singer was previously married to Spice Girl backup dancer Jimmy Gulzar in 1998, but although they had daughter Phoenix together, they split in 2000, according to Der Spiegel.
As the Say You’ll Be There singer has revealed in recent years, she considers Murphy and their brief courtship a highlight of her love life. She even went so far as to call him the love of her life. Speaking to Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain in 2018, she referenced passages from her book Brutally Honest, in which she described Murphy as her “great love.” “He always will be,” Brown told Morgan, who then asked if it was love at first sight. “Yeah, absolutely…I was at his house for a dinner party, and that attraction was really intense, and I actually left because it was a little bit too much,” she laughed. “But he’s such a lovely person, he’s all about family and he’s very respectful and very dated and we were courting for quite a while before anyone knew.”
But alas, after nine months together, Murphy and Brown weren’t meant to live forever.
Mel B became pregnant, but Eddie Murphy denied paternity
While the 2006 romance between Melanie “Mel B” Brown, aka Scary Spice, and “Coming To America” star Eddie Murphy fizzled, she was passionate enough to create life. The “Who do you think you are?” The pop star got pregnant with daughter Angel Iris earlier this year, and according to Brown, the pregnancy wasn’t an accident. In fact, in 2007, she told Creature, “This was a fully planned pregnancy” (via People). “It wasn’t an accident, ‘Oops, I fell and I’m pregnant.’ I don’t live my life like that.” Brown later added, “As soon as I removed my IUD, we got pregnant. It was quicker than we expected, but it was perfect timing.”
However, Murphy told the media a different story. Dutch news outlet RTL Boulevard asked about his upcoming bundle of joy with Brown in December 2006, but he replied curtly: “I don’t know whose kid this is until it comes out and has a blood test. You shouldn’t jump to conclusions sir” (via Irish Mirror).
But the “Stop” singer put an end to that narrative. In 2007, when daughter Angel Iris was 4 months old, Brown filed a paternity suit against Murphy for child support and held a press conference with famed attorney Gloria Allred. Speaking of her daughter, Scary Spice said: “She will always know that she was planned and wanted by both of us, but I want her to know that she has two parents who want to be responsible for her throughout her life .” People .
Eddie Murphy finally admitted he fathered a baby with Mel B
In June 2007, “Dream Girls” star Eddie Murphy took a DNA test to prove the paternity of daughter Angel Iris with ex-girlfriend Melanie Brown. The test proved he was the father, according to People, but he hadn’t acknowledged paternity until August, when the British pop icon sued him for child support in a Los Angeles court. Only then did he publicly admit that he was Angel’s father. “Mr. Murphy and Ms. Brown dated very briefly and never made ANY plans. He acknowledges the paternity of the child Angel and has paid child support to Ms. Brown as well as covered the costs of her pregnancy,” his publicist said, per Reuters.
While that might sound like the end of their troubles, child support came to a head again in 2020, when the “X Factor” judge filed court documents requesting an increase in financial support Murphy was paying for their then 13-year-old daughter, Angel , per Us Weekly. Brown stated her income had “dropped dramatically” and asked Murphy to increase the agreement to $25,000 a month from the 2009 agreement, plus her legal fees.
Despite the legal troubles, the Spice Girl has nothing but compliments for the legendary actor and comedian. “We were madly in love and we have a beautiful daughter to prove it,” she told Steve Harvey on his eponymous talk show in 2018 (via Us Weekly). “And now everything is fine!”