Eddie Murphy has been ordered to pay extra child support to former Spice Girl Melanie Brown.
The 61-year-old American actor agreed to pay A$54,000 in monthly payments to the 47-year-old English singer after welcoming daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown in 2007. She is now 15.
Murphy had previously paid A$39,000 a month, before Brown filed court papers in 2020 for the payments to be increased, saying his income had “significantly decreased”.
According to court documents seen by daily mail, Brown’s attorneys wrote: “Until recently, Melanie has been fortunate in her career to maintain a comfortable lifestyle for herself and Angel. Unfortunately, Melanie’s income has declined significantly, so she must consider to change child support for the first time.
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Murphy, who is listed in the filing as an “extraordinarily high earner,” agreed to make the extra payments from last October until Angel turned 18, in an agreement stipulated in August. He also approved funding for Brown’s legal fees.
Until recently Murphy, who has 10 children with different women, had no relationship with Angel, having denied being the father when Brown became pregnant in 2006. A paternity test soon confirmed he was. .
The couple had met that year after Murphy’s divorce from actress Nicole Mitchell, however, they separated before Angel was born.
Brown, who settled with Murphy in 2009, opened up about their split in her 2018 memoir, brutally honest.
The former Scary Spice, who served as a judge on the recent season of Masked Singer Australiaclaimed Murphy was the love of her life, but she was “spectacularly dumped” after leaving him for a few days to reflect on their relationship when talks of buying a house together fell through.
“I said to Eddie, ‘I need a break for a few days. I need time to think. ‘Are you crazy?’ he said. “What should you be thinking about?” Brown wrote in her book.
Brown wrote that she flew to Leeds to see her mother Andrea, before returning to Los Angeles a few days later to “make it work”.
But while on the plane, Murphy was asked about the pregnancy by a TV reporter, to whom he replied: “We’re not together anymore, and I don’t know who this child belongs to until let him come out and have a drop of blood”. test.”
“I felt sick, humiliated and confused,” Brown wrote of the moment.
Murphy called Brown to say he was caught off guard before cutting her off completely, she claimed. “I was madly in love with Eddie and lost him.”
However, Brown wrote that Murphy and his mother, Lillian, now play a fundamental role in Angel’s life.
“It’s funny because now his mum is a part of my life and she’s like, ‘You were always my favorite’ and I’m like, ‘Oh stop it Lillian’. Angel spends the weekends with Eddie now, and her getting to know the man she reminds me of so much is one of the greatest joys of my life.
She also opened up about her financial troubles following her messy split from Stephen Belafonte in 2017.
“In the last 20 years of my life, I’ve made over £80m (A$140m). When I met my second husband (Stephen), I had a house and a loft in Los Angeles and a great career. When I left him, I came away with 936 US dollars (1276 Australian dollars) in a bank,” Brown wrote in his book.