Mel C says motherhood gave her strength to leave ex-partner

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Melanie Chisholm has said her daughter gave her the strength to leave her ex-partner.

The 46-year-old Spice Girl, also known as Sporty Spice, was in a 10-year relationship with property developer Thomas Starr until 2012.

They share a daughter called Scarlett who was born in 2009.

The Spice Girls in concert at Croke Park in Dublin

Appearing on Desert Island Discs, Chisholm said becoming a mother had “changed” her.

She added: “She has made me braver. She has made me stand up for myself more.

“I make big decisions. Leaving her dad was hard but I wasn’t happy and she wasn’t happy, and it wasn’t the environment I wanted my child to grow up in.

“I couldn’t have done that without the strength that I got from her.”

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