Talkative Spice! Mel B got candid on Larry King Now recently, revealing juicy info about the Spice Girls and her epic feud with group member Geri Halliwell.
“We were never relying on our sex appeal,” Melanie Brown, 39, said of the ’90s girl group’s image. “We kind of relied on how different we were, how outrageous we were. We were the girls doing it for the girls.”
The Spice Girls, comprised of Brown (Scary Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Halliwell (Ginger Spice), and Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice), rose meteorically in the mid-’90s. At the height of their fame in 1998, Halliwell suddenly left the group in the middle of their Spiceworld Tour. Two years later, the group announced it was going on an indefinite hiatus.
“We fought like cats and dogs,” Brown said of the group during its prime. King also asked Mel B about Halliwell’s dramatic departure, which ultimately led to the group’s eventual split.”We had a five-year plan that got shortened after three years,” she said.
The America’s Got Talent judge added that the band members “knew this was a platform” to help launch their respective careers. “We always knew Victoria was going into fashion, Mel C was going into music, Emma went into radio, and I wanted to do a bit of everything,” she shared.
Still, Halliwell’s departure was a dramatic time for the girls. “When Geri left the group, it was bad,” Brown said. “She left on my birthday, and didn’t tell anybody… Just didn’t show up. We had the rest of the tour. The American part of the tour.” Brown added that there was bitterness “for a long time” between the two, and while she’s forgiven her, she hasn’t forgotten.
“I still remind her of it,” Brown said laughing. “Like, I saw her a couple weeks ago and I said, ‘Do you remember when you left on my birthday.'”
In the years following her departure, Halliwell, 42, has spoken publicly about her struggle with an eating disorder. “It’s not really about food or the body shape,” Halliwell said about her bulimia in a 2003 interview. “It’s just a way of dealing or coping with life.”
Her bandmate reiterated that point again to King. “She just felt the pressure too much, so just decided to take a break,” Mel B said.