Mel B Defends Hubby Over 'Bullying' Claims
She hits back at mum and sister as family rift deepens...
And the 36-year-old has claimed that her mother Andrea and sister Danielle are "obviously very unhappy".
Danielle, with whom Mel has a long-running rift, said earlier this month: "[We] had concerns about her husband Stephen. Ever since we expressed those concerns, we've not heard anything from her. I just hope I will speak to Melanie again because she's my only sister.
"I miss her and my nieces ridiculously. It hurts... I don't have her number, I don't know where she lives - I wouldn't know how to get in touch with her."
But Mel used an interview with Fabulous magazine to answer Danielle, saying: "I love my family - simple as that - but my own family come first, completely. Stephen comes first with my kids, completely.
"People are always going to judge what they don't understand or know about, and I think [my sister and mother] are obviously very unhappy and I feel sorry for [them].
"Stephen is a great husband and a great father. I've always been very self-sufficient - in high times and low times. The difference is that I am reliant on Stephen and he's reliant on me and I've never been like that before. I trust him 100 per cent with my life."
And she also insisted that he had not bullied her into losing weight after her last child.
She continued: "Not at all. He always says it's been like having three different women with me - he's been with me when I was totally ripped, when I was huge and when I'm just a bit more curvy like I am now."