Looks like you can teach an old dog new tricks! Despite months of drama between Eddie Murphy and his baby mama, Melanie Brown, sources say the two have reconciled. In fact, Eddie first began to soften to the Spice Girl when he was in New York City for the Tribeca Film Festival.
“While promoting ‘Shrek Forever After,’ Eddie talked a lot about his kids,” says a source. “Ever since, he’s been making efforts with Mel to get to know their daughter.”
Murphy and Brown have famously feuded since news broke of her pregnancy in 2006, with Murphy initially denying he was the dad. Not so, said a paternity test. But even after the actor found out he was indeed going to be a father – for the eighth time – he was repeatedly accused of wanting nothing to do with his child by the former Scary Spice.
But it looks like he’s had a change of heart. Our source says he hosted a bash at his L.A. compound last week, and Brown, her husband, Stephen Belafonte, and Angel, her 3-year-old daughter with Murphy, were in attendance.
“They’ve both said some really nasty things about each other to the press,” says our source. “So needless to say, some guests were shocked.”
We hear the “Dreamgirls” actor had an additional push to make nice.
“Eddie’s ex-wife Nicole helped them reconcile their issues, too,” the insider said of Murphy’s ex-wife, with whom he has six kids. “Angel is Eddie’s youngest child, and Nicole wanted her children to know her. That helped Eddie to come around and get past all the animosity he had toward Mel.
“All of the children were there for the party, and it appeared that they’re one big happy, blended family,” the source added.
Mel B wasn’t Eddie’s only ex in attendance at the bash. The actor also seemed to be making an effort to get reacquainted with former girlfriend Shaun Robinson, the “Access Hollywood” host he dated before Brown.
Says the source: “At one point, they were in the kitchen together and seemed pretty friendly. There were whispers at the party that maybe they’d get back together someday.”
-“The BklynBandette.” Mr. Hollywood’s Co-Defendant.