Following allegations that Stephen Belafonte may have become violent with his X Factor judge wife Mel B, the film producer has hit back

Mel B‘s husband of seven years Stephen Belafonte has slammed speculation that he hit his wife and had taken to Twitter to deny allegations of domestic abuse.

Viewers noticed that Mel B appeared to have a bruised eye and cheek as she attended The X Factor final at Wembley.

Stephen, 39, wrote: ‘I don’t usually respond to Twitter msgs but I will respond to comments of hitting my wife which I think are quite disgusting un true!

Mel was very ill a bunch of doctors helped her get better if fans can’t just relax B4 being negative they r not real fans of @OfficialMelB.

The X Factor judge and former Spice Girl returned to her judging seat for Sunday night’s final after she spent the previous night in hospital due to an alleged stomach ulcer which left her ‘screaming in agony’.

But, while she didn’t seem 100%, fans also noted that Mel’s left cheek and eye appeared to be discoloured, while she seemed to have several scratches on her arms on shoulders.

One viewer Tweeted: ‘Has anyone noticed a bruise on Mel B‘s face or is it just me?’, while another wrote: ‘What’s happened to Mel B‘s face? That’s some bruise?’

Model Rhian Sugden even Tweeted: Mel B with no wedding ring on and what seems like a nicely covered bruised cheek? No? Just me?’

These concerns come as Mel attended the big finale at Wembley without her wedding ring, having previously missed her contestant Andrea Faustini‘s last night.

When Mel made her big entrance – having had her seat on the panel covered by former judge Tulisa– eagle-eyed viewers noticed that her ring was missing from her left hand.

‘I really missed being here but thanks to all the doctors and nurses who took care of me,’ Mel said as she spoke to a concerned Dermot O’Leary.

Let’s hope she feels better soon.

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Lydia Southern