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X Factor's Mel B Had 'Big Row' With Husband

The 39-year-old star prompted speculation over her marriage to film producer Stephen Belafonte after she did not wear her wedding ring when she returned to the X Factor on Sunday, after missing Saturday's show due to a mystery illness.

Her husband then took the unusual step of publicly denying he had hit his wife, following Twitter chatter among some fans about what had caused the scratches on her body and a bruised cheek when she appeared for the final.

It is reported the couple, who married in secret in Las Vegas in 2007 after a whirlwind romance, have not spoken since the former Spice Girl was admitted to hospital at the end of last week.

Mel's chauffeur is reported to have taken her to hospital after the former singer suffered agonising stomach pains on her way to the programme's rehearsals on Thursday.

In an interview with Grazia magazine published on Tuesday, Mel, whose full name is Melanie Brown, spoke about the couple having a big argument.

The magazine said the singer arrived three hours late and was "not in the best of moods" for its shoot, which had been planned for months.

She later blamed her bad mood on a row with her husband.

Mel told the magazine's Christmas issue: "I walked in p****d off because I had a big row with my husband about stupid stuff.

"Sometimes he p****s me off like no other, but," she added, "he gets me".

The Sun newspaper quoted a source as saying: "Last week everything escalated and there were a number of very big rows before Mel ended up in hospital.

"Her stress levels are very high and most of her good friends and colleagues were encouraging her to take time out from Stephen.

"That's now what she's doing but the question is for how long?"

A spokesman for the star refused to comment on her private life.

© Sky News, 2014