Mel B reveals she met with Coronation Street writers to help craft the domestic abuse storyline


‘I talked them through what it is like to live with coercive control and PTSD’: Mel B reveals she met with Coronation Street writers to help craft the domestic abuse storyline between Geoff and Yasmeen

  • The singer told how she met with the soap team to discuss being in an abusive relationship to aid them with the Geoff Metcalfe and Yasmeen Nazir plot 
  • Mel, 45, who previously accused her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte of abusive behaviour, said Yasmeen’s experiences on the show are ‘true to life’
  • She said: ‘We know that because of the storyline lots of people living with abuse have reached out to get help. I like to think I helped shape the scripts’ 
  • The former couple divorced in 2017, with Mel revealing last year that she now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder 
  • Mel said she knows domestic abuse is something millions of women around the world experience and she knows she will help others by speaking out 
  • To contact Women’s Aid, visit www.womensaid.org.uk 

Mel B has been helping Coronation Street bosses write their domestic abuse storyline this year.

The singer told The Sun on Sunday she met with the soap team to discuss being in an abusive relationship to aid them with the Geoff Metcalfe and Yasmeen Nazir plot.

Mel, 45, who previously accused her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte of abusive behaviour, said Yasmeen’s experiences on the show are ‘true to life’.

Advice: Mel B has been helping Coronation Street bosses write their domestic abuse storyline this year

She said: ‘I met the team at Corrie and talked them through what it is like to live with coercive control and PTSD. They were able to write parts of the script because of what I told them.

‘It means a lot to me that what Yasmeen goes through in the show is true to life, because we know that because of the storyline lots of people living with abuse have reached out to get help. I like to think I helped shape the scripts.’

The storyline has been one of the soap’s biggest in recent history, and resulted in Yasmeen (Shelley King) stabbing Geoff (Ian Bartholomew) in the neck with a broken bottle following a campaign of abuse in May this year.

Yasmeen’s suffering has been well documented as Geoff abused her physically, sexually, emotionally and financially, while his menacing ways went unnoticed by their neighbours and friends. 

Story: The singer told The Sun on Sunday she met with the soap team to discuss being in an abusive relationship to aid them with the Geoff Metcalfe and Yasmeen Nazir plot

Story: The singer told The Sun on Sunday she met with the soap team to discuss being in an abusive relationship to aid them with the Geoff Metcalfe and Yasmeen Nazir plot

Relationship: Mel, 45, who previously accused her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte of 'emotional and physical abuse', said Yasmeen's experiences on the show are 'true to life'

Relationship: Mel, 45, who previously accused her ex-husband Stephen Belafonte of ’emotional and physical abuse’, said Yasmeen’s experiences on the show are ‘true to life’

On Christmas Day, Coronation Street viewers watched as Yasmeen suffered a panic attack as she imagined Geoff standing in front of her even though he died trying to chase her off a roof.  

Mel said it was a scenario she recognises all too well, alleging she suffered emotional and coercive abuse throughout her marriage to Belafonte.

She claims much of the abuse was recorded, as well as them having sex, with Belafonte claiming the sex was consensual.

The former couple divorced in 2017, with Mel revealing last year that she now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, which can lead to flashbacks like Yasmeen has in Coronation Street. 

The singer told how she once woke up from a nightmare convinced that her ex had tried to chop off her finger.

Mel said: 'I met the team at Corrie and talked them through what it is like to live with coercive control and PTSD. They were able to write parts of the script because of what I told them'

Mel said: ‘I met the team at Corrie and talked them through what it is like to live with coercive control and PTSD. They were able to write parts of the script because of what I told them’

Mel said she didn’t realise how traumatised she was until after the release of her book Brutally Honest when she struggled to speak about the alleged abuse during interviews.

She said: ‘I didn’t even realise for so many years that I was in a ­coercive relationship. It was only through doing my book that I began to fully understand the situation I had been living in for ten years. And I know I’m not the only one like that.’

Mel said she knows domestic abuse is something millions of women around the world experience and she knows she will help others by speaking out.

According to the publication, Coronation Street researchers spent two years working with Women’s Aid, where Mel serves as a patron, to get the storyline right.

Split: The former couple divorced in 2017, with Mel revealing last year that she now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder(pictured in 2016)

Split: The former couple divorced in 2017, with Mel revealing last year that she now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder(pictured in 2016)

Mel jumped at the chance to get involved as she knew the popular soap would reach a massive audience.

The singer told how she watched some of the episodes at her home in Leeds where she lives with her three children, including Madison, nine, who she shares with Belafonte.       

The former couple divorced the following year and spent months battling it out in a nasty court fight before finally reaching a settlement. 

Mel previously said she’s been struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder since her marriage broke down in 2016.  

To contact Women’s Aid, visit www.womensaid.org.uk. 

Platform: Mel said she jumped at the chance to get involved as she knew the popular soap would reach a massive audience. (pictured in 2016)

Platform: Mel said she jumped at the chance to get involved as she knew the popular soap would reach a massive audience. (pictured in 2016)

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk