Melanie Brown: My Girls Won't Be 'Hollywood Children'

03/13/2009 at 10:00 AM ET

In Melanie Brown‘s household, the perks of having a famous mom do not include getting off scot-free from chores! Determined to raise her two girls — Phoenix Chi, 10, and Angel Iris, 23 months — to learn the lessons of “responsibility early,” the Spice Girls mama tells Closer magazine that each child is already in charge of their play areas. “Phoenix has chores to do and I make sure Angel tidies up after herself,” she says.

Although raising her family in Los Angeles, the 33-year-old is making a conscious effort to avoid having her daughters become a product of their environment. “They won’t end up being Hollywood children, down [at the] shops using mum’s credit card,” she promises. Despite Melanie’s tough love policies, she is happy to combine the joy of gifting to her girls with a quick lesson of responsibility. Recently buying Phoenix her “first pay-as-you-go [cell] phone,” Melanie is allowing her daughter to determine her own amount of minutes earned.

“So if she does her chores and is good, she gets pocket money, so she can afford to top it up.”

Clearly thrilled with her family, Melanie explains that ensuring Phoenix and Angel stay grounded does not mean her children aren’t being raised with love and affection. “My kids are loved — not spoiled,” she shares. However, the proud mama can’t help but joke that she often wonders what the “payback” teenage years will bring! “If [Phoenix]’s anything like I was, then I’ll be in for quite a ride — I was a big handful,” she reveals.

Phoenix is Melanie’s daughter with dancer Jimmy Gulzar; Angel is her daughter with actor Eddie Murphy.

Source: Closer via PR-Inside

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Jazz on

She sounds like a wonderful mother. I parent with the same philosophy. My children are loved, not spoiled!
I’m just curious if Melanie is still with the man who has a daughter (Giselle?)?

Destiny on

Angel is absolutely adorable and she seems so sweet. And Phoenix seems like she’s like a mature 10 year old and very sweet as well. Of course I’ve only seen them through pictures, so hey, they could really be terrors. But they seem really sweet and well-behaved. Beautiful girls.

@Jazz…I haven’t heard of Mel B and her husband getting a divorce. I sure hope that they are still together.

Eliza on

Yes, Jazz, she’s still married to Stephen.

ash on

I hope Phoenix grows up and marries Brooklyn Beckham. The first Spice pregnancies, announced almost simueltaneously, then born only 2 weeks apart and with their moms both pregnant together in the Spice Girls video ‘Goodbye’…. that’d be an awesome turn of events!

Kelly on

She sounds like a great mom!

Suz on

I don’t know if Mel B hangs out with Victoria Beckham much but I agree Phoenix and Brooklyn would be an amazing pairing even though Phoenix doesn’t look so good right now, I’m such she’ll be hot in ten years.

CelebBabyLover on

Suz- I think Mel B. and Victoria hang out at least occasionally. I remember reading that Mel and Phoenix were in attendance at Brooklyn’s 9th birthday party last year.

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