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*Melanie “Mel B” Brown and Stephen Belafonte presented a united front on Christmas amid rumors of alleged domestic abuse and an ugly divorce on the horizon…and one day after Mel’s daughter Phoenix defended her stepdad on Instagram.

On Wednesday, Belafonte, 39, posted a pic of himself driving with Phoenix, with the caption, “getting last min Christmas shopping done.”

Me and @phoenixisphoenix getting last min Christmas shopping done!! #tisstheseason

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With some commenters alluding to the whispers of abuse that have been hanging over Belafonte, Phoenix, 15, wrote in the comment section, “Can everyone just chill he didn’t hit my mom don’t know how that stupid [rumor] came up.” On Thursday, the family posed together for a picture that was captioned, “Have a merry Christmas! #familytime #funday.”

Have a merry Christmas! #familytime #funday

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Radar Online previously reported an insider saying that the separated couple continues to veer closer toward divorce court, with one source saying that Brown has been “openly talking” about ending the seven-year marriage for good.

“She feels that he has been way too controlling of her life,” a source told Radar, “and is now ready to be free.”