Who is Stephen Belafonte?
Stephen Belafonte is an American director as well as a film and television producer, who is probably best known for his producing work on movies such as “Never Die Alone” (2004), “Thank You For Smoking” (2005) as well as the “Mutant Chronicles” (2008) and the “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans” (2009) to name a few. Apart from all these professional achievements, Belafonte is also widely recognized for being the former spouse of English pop singer and a former member of the best-selling girl group ever, The Spice Girls – Mel B.
Stephen Belafonte’s Early Life
He was actually born Stephen Stansbury, under the zodiac sign of Taurus, 18th May 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA, the son of Sheryl and Thomas Stansbury, and is of American nationality. Further details about Stephen’s family’s background have never been publicly disclosed to the present day. Upon completing his elementary and secondary education, he enrolled at Loyola Marymount University in his home town, from which he graduated in 1997. During his college days, Stephen changed his last name from Stansbury to Belafonte, for unsubstantiated reasons.
Stephen Belafonte’s Career
Belafonte began his career in the entertainment industry in 2003 when he debuted as a director on a series of documentaries entitled “Straight from the Projects: Rappers That Live the Lyrics – Brownsville, Brooklyn”, and “Straight from the Projects: Rappers That Live the Lyrics – 3rd Ward, New Orleans”. His debut producing engagement occurred in 2004, when he was an associate producer on the crime thriller movie about a drug lord returning to his home town seeking redemption, entitled “Never Die Alone” and featuring BET and MTV Video Music Awards nominee, American rapper and musician DMX.
To a greater prominence Stephen Belafonte came in 2005. when as an associate producer he worked on the comedy drama movie “Thank You for Smoking”, with Aaron Eckhart in the leading role. Apart from being a genuine commercial success, the movie was nominated for two prestigious Golden Globe awards. In the following year, Belafonte collaborated with Mr. T as an executive producer of an episode of the reality TV show “I Pity the Fool”, in which Mr. T appears as a motivational guru.
The breakthrough in Stephen Belafonte’s professional career occurred in 2008, when he produced the Sci-Fi action horror movie based on an eponymous role-play game, set in the year 2027 and entitled “Mutant Chronicles”. In the following year, Stephen collaborated with the Oscar-nominated director Werner Herzog as well as with the Hollywood stars such as Nicolas Cage, Val Kilmer, Eva Mendes and Xzibit, on the crime drama movie “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”, which was a huge commercial success, taking over $10.5 billion at box offices worldwide.
In 2010, Stephen Belafonte was an executive producer of two episodes of the first season of his then-wife Mel B’s reality TV show entitled “Mel B: It’s a Scary World”.
Stephen Belafonte’s Net Worth
Have you ever wondered how much wealth this 43-year old American producer and film director has accumulated so far? How rich Stephen Belafonte is? According to authoritative sources, it is estimated that the total of Stephen Belafonte’s net worth, as of early 2019, revolves around the sum of $1 million, acquired through his professional career in the entertainment industry, active since 2003.
Stephen Belafonte and Mel B
Apart from his professional accolades already mentioned, Stephen Belafonte also came to prominence for being the now former spouse of the globally popular British singer Melanie Janine Brown, best known under her alias – Mel B – as one of The Spice Girls. The couple began their relationship secretly in the early 2007, and after only a couple of months decided to tie the knot. The private wedding ceremony took place at the Special Memory Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, Nevada, on the 6th June 2007. Four years later in September 2011, Belafonte and Brown welcomed their only child, a daughter named Madison Brown Belafonte.
However, after almost a decade of marriage, the couple separated in late 2016, then in March 2017 Mel B filed for divorce, citing ’emotional and physical abuse’, while Stephen accused her of ‘an extravagant and affluent lifestyle’. After a couple of months, the divorce was finalised in December 2017.
Prior to his marriage with Mel B, Stephen Belafonte was to Nancy Carmell between 1997 and 1999, and was also romantically connected to Nicole Contreras in 2004, with whom he has a daughter named Giselle.