Mel C: ‘Integrity of Spice Girls more important than money’

Mel C says the integrity of The Spice Girls is more importan

Mel C says the integrity of The Spice Girls is more important than money.
Although the group have been inundated with generous offers to undertake a reunion tour, Mel insisted that it would not work unless all five members were involved and, when Victoria Beckham decided not to take part, she didn’t want to just grab the cash.
Mel told The Irish Times: “After we did the Olympics, Victoria said, ‘Y’know what, girls? I think that’s it for me,’ and we completely respected that. The other four of us were chatting and we thought maybe we could do something in the future. ‘Wannabe’ was 20 last year and was the perfect opportunity to celebrate.
“But I was umming and ahhing about it, and I just thought, y’know what, after the Olympics – which was such an incredible thing to do with all five of us – I kind of thought that going out as a four-piece wouldn’t do the band or the fans justice. I’m not saying that I would never perform with the girls again because you really don’t know what the future holds – but at this point, I think it really only could be five.
“The Spice Girls was a five-piece and our individuality is our strength, so with somebody missing, it’s not complete. So that’s pretty much how I feel about it. I know lots of bands historically have got back together to make a few quid, or whatever . . . but to me, Spice Girls is more important than that. I know it’s not what some people want to hear, but I hope that people can respect my choice.”
And Mel is thrilled that so many strong female artists were fans of the group when they were younger.
She said: “Obviously, someone like Adele is an incredible vocalist and super-flattering… Ellie Goulding… all of these fantastic young artists who talk about being fans of The Spice Girls. I’m a huge fan of theirs, so it’s always lovely to hear.”