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Mel B arrives at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Thursday, May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Melanie Brown has confirmed her engagement. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Spice Girls star Melanie Brown has confirmed her engagement and shared the first details of the romantic proposal.

The singer – known as Mel B – was reportedly engaged last week to Rory McPhee, her boyfriend of three years.

Now, during an appearance on celebrity glasses boxBrown confirmed she was due to get married after hairstylist McPhee took her on a romantic getaway.

Speaking alongside Ruby Wax, she explained how McPhee took her to Cliveden House in Berkshire to ask the big question.

Mel B speaks on stage in support of Women's Aid at the Savoy Theater in London.  (Dave Benet/Getty Images)

Mel B speaks on stage in support of Women’s Aid at the Savoy Theater in London. (Dave Benet/Getty Images)

“He said, ‘I love you, you’re my best friend and I want to spend the rest of my life with you,'” Mel B told Wax.

“There were rose petals everywhere, a log fire, a hotel – it was Cliveden. It was very romantic. I love flowers.”

This will be Brown’s third marriage, having been married to Jimmy Gulzar from 1998 to 2000 and Stephen Belafonte from 2007 to 2017.

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She has three daughters, Phoenix Chi, 23 from her marriage to Gulzar; Angel Iris, 15, from a relationship with actor Eddie Murphy; and Madison, 10, from her marriage to Belafonte.

Friends reported last week that McPhee helped her “learn to believe in love again” after her abusive marriage to Belafonte.

Belafonte and Brown tied the knot just six weeks into their relationship, with Belafonte wanting a Vegas wedding and Brown buying both wedding rings.

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She has since publicly accused him of physical and mental abuse during their relationship, which she says led her to turn to drugs and alcohol for treatment.

She also opened up about suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following the decade-long relationship.

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Following her split from Belafonte, Brown became patron of the domestic violence charity Women’s Aid, and earlier this year she was awarded an MBE for her services to the organisation.

McPhee runs her own hairdressing business and hails from Brown’s hometown of Leeds.

The couple had been friends for years, having met through family, before reuniting in 2019 after Brown returned to the UK from Los Angeles.

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