Nick Cannon, Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne and 'AGT' Stars Support Mel B Amid Divorce Drama
By Tina Smithers Peckham
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Despite dealing with divorce troubles, Melanie "Mel B" Brown's support network remains strong.
Brown's former America's Got Talent co-star Nick Cannon sat down with ET on Monday and admitted that he's exchanged a few emails with the 41-year-old singer, who was recently granted a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband, Stephen Belafonte, after accusing him of beating and threatening her throughout their nearly 10-year marriage.
"We've both been so busy, but more than anything, just wishing her well and praying she's in the best place she can possibly be," the 36-year-old Wild 'N Out host told ET.
Cannon also expressed his shock at the physical abuse allegations, adding, "I haven't been paying that close of attention to it, but we just want her to be as happy as possible and in the safest place possible."
Simon Cowell has also spoken out on the America's Got Talent judge, telling British publication, The Sun, "She's under pressure, but I think she's in a good place."
Cowell, 57, added that Brown doesn't get "the recognition she deserves."
"If you think about what she's gone through, how hard she works and how I saw her try to handle this situation, it was astonishing," the X Factor judge admitted. "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."
The British reality star told ET's Denny Directo at the AGT kick-off in March that he has since spoken to Brown, saying that he is continually "impressed with her."
"She's what we call a 'trooper,' you know, she's holding up," Cowell stated. "[It's] very difficult."
Sources connected to Brown told TMZ that Cowell could have been the catalyst in convincing the singer to leave Belafonte for good, stating that he was "a bad guy" and "bad news."
Other members of Brown's AGT family have also shown their support during the hard times as of late.
"Our hearts go out to her," fellow judge Howie Mandel also told ET. "I knew about it before it got announced and some of the things that were happening in her life -- she lost her father, her marriage is over. But, you know, she is so strong as a mother and as a professional, and girl power wasn't just a brand, she lives and eats and breathes it."
AGT judge Heidi Klum echoed Mandel's sentiment, telling ET that it was probably good Brown was kept busy with work. "I think it was good for her that we are so busy and that we are here all day, and you see fun acts that make you laugh, so I think that was helpful instead of being on vacation because then you have time to think. We are a family and we take care of each other. We all have each others' backs, so I think that was good."
Sharon Osbourne, who worked with Brown on The X Factor, recalled when rumors of physical abuse began circulating.
"In the situation she's been in for 10 years, it's not just physical, it's mental abuse, too," the 64-year-old said on Wednesday's episode of The Talk.
"Three years ago, in the final two days of X Factor, she didn't make the first day, and she was in the hospital," Osbourne continued. "And it was reported in all the papers that said 'allegedly' she's been beaten by her husband. And she came back for the final day, and she had a black eye and bruising everywhere, but she made the final."
The former reality star added, "This has been brewing and people talking for a very, very long time. She's a good girl. She's a great mother. She works her bum off."
Brown and Belafonte share a 5-year-old daughter, Madison, while the former Spice Girl has two other daughters, Phoenix, 18, and Angel, 10, from previous relationships.