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Mel B opens up about 'beautiful love story' with Eddie Murphy: We were 'madly in love' (Exclusive)



Mel B still has a lot of love for her ex-boyfriend, Eddie Murphy.

ET's Nischelle Turner recently sat down with the 43-year-old Spice Girls member about her new memoir, Brutally Honest, in which she discusses her once super private relationship with Murphy. The two dated in 2006, and share an 11-year-old daughter, Angel. Mel describes the legendary comedian as the "great love" of her life in her book and says they had an intense, instant chemistry when they first met.

"It is a beautiful love story," Mel B tells ET. "I did not have the perfect happy ending but it had an ending that is OK. … And now he's in a perfect relationship with his lovely lady, expecting another baby."

Murphy, 57, is currently expecting her 10th child with girlfriend Paige Butcher. Meanwhile, Mel B and Murphy did not exactly share on the best of terms. The singer announced she was pregnant with Angel in 2006 and named him as the father. However, he later publicly declared that he would only believe he was the biological father if a paternity test was taken. Eventually, it was, and Murphy turned out to be the father.

In her book, Mel B says Murphy was happy when he found out she was pregnant. "When I got pregnant with Angel, we jumped around his bathroom en-suite laughing and crying, bursting with the best news ever," she writes. "My family thought he was great because they had never seen me so completely blissed out. Every day I would wake up and he'd tell me I was the most beautiful, incredible woman. I never felt so loved."

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AMERICA'S GOT TALENT – 'Live Quarter Finals Results 2' Episode 1314 – Pictured: Mel B – (Photo by: Bring Patton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 22: (L-R) Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Simon Cowell and Mel B attend a ceremony honoring Cowell with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on August 22, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rich Fury / Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – AGAIN 21: Mel B attends 'America's Got Talent' Season 13 Live Show Red Carpet at Dolby Theater on August 21, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 14: Mel B attends 'America's Got Talent' Season 13 Live Show Red Carpet at Dolby Theater on August 14, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic)

TODAY – Pictured: Hoda Kotb and Mel B on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 – (Photo by: Nathan Congleton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – MAY 02: TV host Mel B attends NBCUniversal's Summer Press Day 2018 at The Universal Studios Backlot on May 2, 2018 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT – 'Judge's Cuts 1' Episode 1307 – Pictured: (lr) Howie Mandel, Mel B, Ken Jeong, Tyra Banks, Heidi Klum – (Photo by: Bring Patton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images )

INGLEWOOD, CA – MARCH 24: Mel B arrives at the Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz / WireImage)

INGLEWOOD, CA – MARCH 24: Heidi Klum (L) and Mel B attend Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards at The Forum on March 24, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay / KCA2018 / Getty Images for Nickelodeon)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT – 'Auditions' – Pictured: Mel B – (Photo by: Brings Patton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT – 'Auditions' – Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandel, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Simon Cowell – (Photo by: Trae Patton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 20: Ventriloquist-singer Darci Lynne Farmer (L) and Singer-songwriter-TV personality Mel B attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Finale at the Dolby Theater on September 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer / WireImage)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT – 'Live Finale Results' Episode 1224 – Pictured: (l-r) Howie Mandell, Mel B, Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum – (Photo by: Trae Patton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 19: Mel B arrives at the NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 Finale Week at Dolby Theater on September 19, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz / WireImage)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT – 'Live Results 4' – Pictured: Mel B – (Photo by: Bring Patton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 15: Mel B, Melanie Brown arrives at the NBC's Premiere Of 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 at Dolby Theater on August 15, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz / WireImage)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – AUGUST 15: Mel B, Melanie Brown arrives at the NBC's Premiere Of 'America's Got Talent' Season 12 at Dolby Theater on August 15, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz / WireImage)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT – 'Live Show 1' – Pictured: Mel B – (Photo by: Brings Patton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT – 'Judge Cuts' Episode 1210 – Pictured: Mel B – (Photo by: Vivian Zink / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CA – MAY 06: Singer Mel B and family attend City Year Los Angeles Spring Break on May 6, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images for City Year Los Angeles)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT – 'Judge Cuts' Episode 1211 – Pictured: Mel B – (Photo by: Brings Patton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – APRIL 27: Singer Mel B arrives at NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Judge Cut Rounds at the NBC Universal Lot on April 27, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards / WireImage)

PASADENA, CA – MARCH 27: Mel B attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 12 kickoff at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 27, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic)

UNIVERSAL CITY, CA – APRIL 27: Singer Mel B arrives at NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Judge Cut Rounds at the NBC Universal Lot on April 27, 2017 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards / WireImage)

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT – Auditions Pasadena Civic Auditorium – Pictured: Mel B – (Photo by: Bring Patton / NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

PASADENA, CA – MARCH 27: Mel B attends NBC's 'America's Got Talent' season 12 kickoff at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 27, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris / FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 18: Singer / Model Mel B is seen walking in Soho on January 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall / GC Images)

NEW YORK – JANUARY 17: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Mel B during Tuesday's show 01/17/16 in New York. (Photo by Scott Kowalchyk / CBS via Getty Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 18: Singer / Model Mel B is seen walking in Soho on January 18, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall / GC Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 17: Singer and television personality Mel B enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at Ed Sullivan Theater on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra / GC Images)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 17: Singer and television personality Mel B enters the 'The Late Show With Stephen Colbert' taping at Ed Sullivan Theater on January 17, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra / GC Images)




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Although Murphy's initial denial over being Angel's father, Mel B now says she has no hard feelings about their time together.

"I mean, I'm a lover of love basically, and I'm a lover of the fairy tale of love and everything else that comes along with it, you know, and we were madly in love," she recalls of their intensity relationship.

When asked if she still loves him, she replies, "I will always."

Mel B also has no regret over the relationship, even her decision to initially break up with Murphy.

"I do not know if there's any wrong or right in anything I've been through," she explains. "I mean, there's a lot of wrong, but how I've handled or how I've dealt with things it just is how it played out, and I can not have regrets. I can not have, 'Oh, I wish I would have done that. ' That's not a part of my jargon when I talk about any of those situations that I've been part of the last 10 years. You know, it's what it is. We've got a beautiful daughter together and I can not say, 'I wish this, or if that would have been different,' because it was not and it is not. "

These days, Mel B says Angel and her dad enjoy a close relationship, sharing that Angel recently spent Thanksgiving with him and Butcher.

"Angel did see her dad over the 10 years, but not as much as I would have wanted, but I did not know what was going on so that was one of … the good things that come out of this [her split from ex-husband, Stephen Belafonte], "she says." The last two years, Angel goes there every other week – whenever she wants, holidays, whenever – and they have a very good, strong relationship and I'm so happy about that. "

Of course, Mel B's feelings towards Murphy were not always so conciliatory. She recalls ET giving birth to Angel three weeks early on Murphy's birthday, and how she tried to prevent the coincidence.

"I was like, is this a joke, on his birthday," she recalls. "And only three minutes just past midnight, so I was like, if I push quickly enough maybe she will not have the same birthday as him. Oh, too late."

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Mel B and daughter Phoenix together

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PASADENA, CA – MARCH 12: Phoenix Chi Gulzar and Mel B attend the kickoff red carpet for 'America's Got Talent' season 13 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 12, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk / Getty Images)

PASADENA, CA – MARCH 12: Phoenix Chi Gulzar and Mel B attend the kickoff red carpet for 'America's Got Talent' season 13 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 12, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk / Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 14: Mel B and daughter Phoenix arrive at 'America's Got Talent' Season 11 Finale Live Show at Dolby Theater on September 14, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – SEPTEMBER 14: Presenting Mel B and Phoenix Chi Gulzar arrive at the 'America's Got Talent' Season 11 Finale Live Show at the Dolby Theater on September 14, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jennifer Lourie / Getty Images)

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – OCTOBER 22: (L-R) Phoenix Chi Gulzar, Angel Brown, Mel B and Madison Brown Belafonte attend the Launch Party for WILDFOX Loves Coca-Cola Capsule Collection on October 22, 2015 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris / Getty Images for Coca-Cola)

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Phoenix Gulzar and Mel B attend the press night performance of 'Memphis The Musical' at The Shaftesbury Theater on October 23, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett / Getty Images)

HOLLYWOOD, CA – NOVEMBER 13: Singer Mel B and her daughters (L-R) Angel Iris Murphy Brown, Phoenix Chi Gulzar and Madison Brown Belafonte arrive at the grand opening of Sugar Factory Hollywood at Sugar Factory on November 13, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards / WireImage)

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – OCTOBER 07: Mel B and daughter Phoenix Chi arrive at the 2011 Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards at the Sydney Entertainment Center on October 7, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold / WireImage)




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