Pop star Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, has been made an MBE for services to charitable causes and vulnerable women.
The Spice Girl, 46, dedicated her award to “all the other women” who are dealing with domestic violence.
Brown, who made her name as Scary Spice in the 1990s, became a patron of the charity Women’s Aid in 2018 after leaving what she described as an abusive relationship.
She received the honour from the Duke of Cambridge at Buckingham Palace.
‘Epidemic of abuse’
“I never thought I would be here getting this MBE for the work I’ve been doing,” she told the PA news agency afterwards.
“It’s amazing to have but it’s not just for me – it’s for all those other women.
“Especially because of Covid, there’s been such an epidemic of domestic violence, that’s been completely on the rise, and you know I’ve got an army of women behind me that need help and need to be heard.”
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SOURCE: BBC News