Celebrity Then And Now
Posted by Ryan Neal
Name: Phoenix Chi Gulzar
Birthdate: February 19, 1999
Famous Years: 2016-Present
Currently Known For: Student
|Networth: $33 Million (Mother's Net Worth)||Famous For: Daughter of Mel B and Jimmy Gulzar|
February 19, 1999
$33 Million (Mother's Net Worth)
Daughter of Mel B and Jimmy Gulzar
If you were around during the 1990s, it would be impossible to not know who the Spice Girls were. At the height of their fame, the all-female pop group was the best-selling in the entire world, thanks to their catchy tunes and unique alter egos. Among them was Scary Spice, who’s known much better these days as Melanie Brown, or simply Mel B.
No longer a member of the group, Mel B has enjoyed some solo success in music and has also been known for being a television personality who’s appeared on “The X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent” to name a couple. Back when she was still in her Spice Girl days, though, Brown had become a mother for the first time.
Jimmy Gulzar was a dancer from the Netherlands when Brown was touring with her group in 1998. After only two months together, the couple announced that they were engaged and were married within six months of knowing each other. Things would continue to move quickly, as Brown was already pregnant by the time she was married in September 1998. On February 19, 1999, Brown gave birth to her first child, Phoenix Chi Gulzar. A year later, Brown and Gulzar would split, with Mel B receiving custody of her daughter.
Since then, Brown has had two more children. The first came with famous actor Eddie Murphy in a short relationship that required Murphy to take a paternity test. Brown gave birth to daughter Angel Iris Murphy Brown on April 3, 2007 as a result. Just before giving birth, Brown had started a relationship with producer Stephen Belafonte, and were married after four months of knowing each other, and welcomed daughter Madison Belafonte in late 2011.
It’s been a very blended upbringing for Phoenix as her two younger sisters come from different fathers. “I’ve got three daughters by three different men, three different solid relationships,” Brown said. “I would never want to talk bad about any of their fathers. We made beautiful babies together and all three babies were made with a lot of love...My kids are great. They’re all very different.” When talking about Phoenix, Brown said that “I’m thinking I know what she does half the time, but she’s a good girl. Thank God I’ve got an 18 year old babysitter on tap when she can be bothered to babysit.”
Without her father around while growing up, Phoenix was put into a leadership role in her house at a very young age when her sisters were born. “I kind of was brought up in it right from the start when it was just me and my mum for a very long time,” she said. “I was really excited (to have siblings). I hated being the only kid, when you would work and stuff I would sit and play with my thumbs,” she directed toward her mother.
Having recently turned 19 years old, Brown says that she’s been impressed with how much her oldest daughter has grown up. “I’m so proud of you for being just you,” she said to her daughter. “You’re 19 and you’ve turned into a humble, respectful lady, you support other women and they always come to you for advice and help.” Phoenix added that it was easy to bond with her mother since she thinks she’s a “kid” according to the daughter.
Phoenix was even around for the birth of her youngest sister, even helping to deliver the baby when she was just 13 years old. “That was beautiful, that I take to my heart until the day I die,” she said. For many, it was the interview where this conversation took place on the talk show series “Loose Women” that many in the world were introduced to Phoenix for the first time, showing that time can move pretty quickly.
Phoenix just recently graduated from school in 2018, including one of her final moments in high school coming when she wore one of her mother’s dresses to her prom. Phoenix is now traveling to round out her teenage years, being spotted throughout much of Europe. For many of us, going across Europe is something that we wanted to do after high school, and she now gets to live that dream.
It’s unclear what Phoenix wants to do in the next step of her life, though she does have many people that are very interested with more than 45,000 followers on Instagram. When she’s not on the road, she’s often with her mother in Los Angeles. The two have been incredibly close since the day she was born, and appear to be keeping that bond for many years to come. Whether or not she wants to follow in the musical steps of her mother remains to be seen, but the name recognition alone would be able to get Phoenix’s foot in the door for something big down the road.