Mel B spends New Year's Eve with husband Stephen, tells fans: 'Stand proud in your skin'

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Mel B celebrated New Year's Eve with husband Stephen Belafonte before telling fans they shouldn't worry about what other people think.

The X Factor judge has endured a difficult few weeks after falling ill and having to miss part of the X Factor finale and then being faced with claims that Stephen had been abusive towards her.

Mel and Stephen have both vehemently denied this.

Mel B and Stephen Belafonte with friends on New Year's Eve, 31 December 2014

© Instagram / @stephenthinks11

Mel and Stephen on New Year's Eve.

And, showing all is fine in their world, the couple posed for a photograph together with pals on New Year's Eve. It was uploaded to Stephen's Twitter account alongside the message: "Nye 2015 with my baby @officialmelb and one of my best buddies and his lovely wife!! #bigdogstatus."

Mel, meanwhile, appears to be embracing the New Year with positivity, posting a motivational message for fans on New Year's Day.

She said: "Stand proud in the skin your in no matter what people think or say about you!! Make 2015 count yippppeee."

Mel also retweeted a message from former Spice Girls bandmate Geri Halliwell who thanked fans for all their support of the Spice Girls, both as a group and individuals, over the past twelve months.

Mel B with daughters Angel and Madison on New Year's Day 2015

© Twitter / @officialmelb

Mel looking happy on New Year's Day with youngest kids Madison and Angel.

Mel added on Instagram: "Boo I see you ALL I have the best fans #lovemyfans."

No doubt Mel and Stephen are looking forward to a fresh start in 2015 following a tricky month which saw their marriage dominate the headlines both here and overseas.

It all started when Mel was forced to pull out of a press conference and the first night of the X Factor finale through illness. Then, when she returned for night two, fans claimed to see bruising on her face, which sparked rumours that Stephen had hit her.

Mel B addresses rumours about her marriage to Stephen, 28.12.14

© Instagram / officialmelb

Mel shared this photo of herself cosying up to Stephen on 28 December.

Stephen was quick to deny the "disgusting" and "untrue" rumours, saying he would never do such a thing.

"I don't usually respond to Twitter messages but I will respond to comments of hitting my wife which I think are quite disgusting and untrue!" he said. "Mel was very ill. A bunch of doctors helped her get better. If fans can't just relax before being negative they are not real fans of Mel."

"I love my wife, I care about my wife. I'd take a bullet for her," he later said.

Mel also dismissed the speculation, telling fans: "I'm very good was very polly [sic] but much better now and for the record my hubby never would lay a hand on me sorry took so long but any response fuels rumours #lovemyfamily #lovemyfans."

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