Social media was sent into a frenzy earlier this year when news hit that The Spice Girls were reuniting.
It’s been 20 years since the iconic five-piece went from ‘Wannabe’s to the biggest band in the world. A fact which makes the present a fitting time to celebrate their career.
As reported though, not all members are willing a comeback – namely Victoria Beckham and Mel C.
Beckham’s lack of involvement in the proposed set of anniversary shows was confirmed from the get go, yet Sporty Spice’s attachment was billed as being in limbo.
In a new interview with The Love Magazine, the 42-year-old mother of one dispels confusion. She will indeed not be a part of Spice Girls GEM (which folk have since learned is an acronym for Geri/Emma/Mel).
Find out why below…
Speaking candidly, she said:
Look, I will be a Spice Girl until I die. But the continuous speculation on whether we will reform to celebrate 20 years of Wannabe has been particularly exhausting. Don’t get me wrong – I totally get it. But is it a new rule that bands have to reform? Why can’t we just be remembered for our incredible achievements in the nineties.
When we embarked on the reunion tour it was amazing, scary and surreal all at the same time. The five of us back together again. Like we’d stepped back in time for a global celebration of the band.
Truth be told, earlier this year after several face-to-face meetings with the girls I made the difficult decision not to be part of a proposed reunion with Emma, Geri and Melanie. Victoria had already bowed out understandably with the demands of her fashion label and her rather large family.
The hardest part for me was letting people down, the girls, the fans, civilisation?! Unfortunately something didn’t feel quite right and I had to follow my gut.
I’d love to play huge arenas across the World, sing our brilliantly bonkers pop songs and relive our former glory. It is of course a very lucrative opportunity too. But we were a five-piece band. Didn’t we reach a peak with the Olympics? There’s a lot to be said for bowing out on a high note.
For me the absolute pinnacle of my Spice existence was being watched by a billion people around the globe belting out ‘Spice up Your Life’ on top of a black cab at the 2012 London Olympics. Anything less than the full line-up just didn’t feel like we’d be doing justice to the band or the fans.
We’re constantly reminded of our famous line from Wannabe – friendship never ends. There will always be hurdles with friendship. I love the girls dearly. We have a very unique bond that will never be broken and I will continue to support them all as much as I can.
Also, I am under no illusion that my solo work will ever come close to a fraction of the impact that we make as the Spice Girls. I love the band I am beyond proud of my past and will always embrace and celebrate being a Spice Girl, It’s what I am.