Mel B was just ordered to pay her husband emergency spousal support to the tune of $40,000 per month. A judge could have hit the America’s Got Talent judge for as much as $65k, so maybe she got off easy???
But, she’s not the first female to get hammered financially in a divorce. Here are 5 other times famous women were ordered to cough up major cash.
Academy Award winner Halle Berry was involved in one of the most brutal custody battles in recent memory in the early part of this decade. In 2008, Berry had a child, Nahla, now 7, with her then boyfriend Gabriel Aubry. The couple ended their relationship in 2010 and reached an amicable custody arrangement. However, things changed after Berry and now ex-husband Oliver Martinez made plans in November 2012 to move to France with Nahla. Aubrey took Berry to court, arguing that the move would violate the couple’s joint custody agreement. Aubry got into a brutal fist fight with Martinez when the case was being arbitrated. After years of legal wrangling, the relocation to France was blocked and Berry was ordered to pay Aubry $16,000 a month in child support and $415,000 in retroactive support payments and attorney’s fees.
Janet just split with recent husband, billionaire Wissam Al Mana, but in the past she was the one with the big bucks. She concealed her relationship with music producer René Elizondo for the duration of their nine year marriage. However, she was less successful in keeping her private life private once Elizondo filed for divorce in 2000. After a lengthy legal battle, Elizondo walked away with a reported settlement between $10-$25 million.
Pop icon Madonna made one of the largest divorce payouts in history when she ended her relationship with now ex-husband, director Guy Ritchie, in 2008. After marrying in 2000, the pair had two children (Rocco, now 15 and David, now 10) and collaborated on the horrendously bad 2002 musical comedy Swept Away. At the time of their divorce, some media outlets reported that Madonna settled with Ritchie for between $76 and $96 million, but the Material Girl’s representatives later said the real amount was between $60 and $70 million.
“Love Don’t Cost a Thing” hit maker Jennifer Lopez learned exactly how much love costs when she filed for divorce from her husband of eight months, Cris Judd, in 2002. When the couple’s divorce was finalized in 2003, it was reported that Lopez reached a settlement with her ex that gave Judd, who is a backup dancer and choreographer by trade, a whopping $14 million.
Mary J. Blige
MJB filed for divorce from Kendu Isaacs late last year, but the couple is still in court fighting over assets. Recently, a judge granted Kendu $30,000 a month in temporary spousal support. Blige took her frustration out on the BET stage.
Back to Mel B… here’s the scary thing, it’s not the first time Mel has had to take care of a former spouse. In 2000, Mel was ordered to pay her husband of two years Jimmy Gulzar $2.8 million at the end of a vicious court battle in which Gulzar alleged that Brown was unfaithful. After a brief relationship with comedy legend Eddie Murphy, Brown took the Beverly Hills Cop star to court to force him to acknowledge paternity of her then unborn daughter in 2007. After a paternity test confirmed Murphy was indeed the father of Angel Iris, he paid Brown $7 million in child support.
Just two years ago we talked to Mel during happier times and she gushed about getting a new diamond from her hubby and how he was her “best friend”. My, how things have changed.