There is sad news for singer and television personality Mel B today after she finally called time on her marriage and filed for divorce from her husband of nearly 10 years. The former Spice Girl, whose real name is Melanie Brown, cited irreconcilable differences for her breakup from producer Stephen Belafonte.

Her petition was filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The couple have a 5-year-old daughter together and Mel B is seeking joint custody. The former Spice Girl married Belafonte in July 2007. She is asking a judge to deny spousal support to Belafonte, meaning he won’t see a penny of her fortune.

Belafonte has a criminal record for beating a previous lover and admitted beating a duck to death with a brick two months after marrying Mel and fans suspected that he had been violent towards her after she appeared with bruises and scratches on the X Factor.