Mel B's estranged mother has reached out to the star on her 40th birthday.

The former Spice Girls singer's mother Andrea Brown has posted a number of old snaps of her and her famous daughter on Twitter in a bid to repair their relationship on her landmark birthday.

Alongside a photograph of a teenage Mel doing the splits in a pair of tiny denim hotpants, Andrea wrote: ''@officialmelB 40 today hope ur birthday is as special as u r 2 me luv and miss u FOREVER X. (sic)''

Mel is celebrating her 40th birthday today (29.05.15) and her mother - who is believed to have fallen out with her daughter over the 'America's Got Talent' judge's relationship with her husband Stephen Belafonte - appears to have taken the opportunity to try to make amends.

She posted a picture of herself applying makeup on a young Mel alongside the caption: ''Today I have a 40 old child loved and missed so badly!! Official 1st makeup artist ME!! (sic)''

Mel's younger sister Danielle - who has also experienced a difficult relationship with her older sibling - joined her mother in attempting to put their differences aside.

After retweeting Andrea's message, she wrote: ''Happy 40th Birthday to my one and only big sis @OfficialMelB (sic)''

Andrea and Danielle are reported to have fallen out with Mel - who has daughters Phoenix, 16, with ex-husband Jimmy Gulzar, Angel, eight, with the actor Eddie Murphy and three-year-old daughter Madison with Stephen - when she tied the knot with the film producer, who was previously found guilty of assaulting his ex-wife, in 2007.

Speaking following the birth of Madison in 2011, Andrea claimed she only knew her daughter had been pregnant because she read about it on the Internet.

She said at the time: ''I only found out she was pregnant because of Twitter and I found out on Twitter that she'd had the baby too.''

Andrea's last attempt to reach out to her daughter came in late 2014 when Mel was hospitalised during the final of 'The X Factor UK' and later appeared on the show with bruises.

Mel B has since returned to live in Los Angeles full time.