Victoria Beckham row almost got Mel C kicked out of Spice Girls
Mel C details clash with Victoria Beckham at BRIT Awards in 1996
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Mel C, 48, appeared on Loose Women today and recalled one incident at the Brit Awards during her time with the Spice Girls that nearly cost her her job. Sporty Spice described the moment as a “kerfuffle” between herself and Victoria Beckham, with the big bosses making it a “huge issue”.
I told her where to go!
Mel appeared on Friday’s Loose Women to chat to panellists Kaye Adams, Stacey Solomon, Nadia Sawalha and Judi Love.
They questioned the singer: “You thought you were getting kicked out of the band at one point?”
Mel explained: “We were at the Brits in 1996 and no one knew us at that point, we released Wannabe in the summer of that year and this was February.
“As we’re leaving, there was a little kerfuffle with Victoria, not a major one but I told her where to go.
“And the next day, it was a huge issue and I was told off for it, and I understand why because we had to stick together as a girl band.
“I was told if that behaviour ever happened again, then I would be out.”
Mel said that the argument had happened after a night of the girlband drinking champagne, with the ceremony taking place before their careers skyrocketed.
The singer also opened up about a remark about the size of her thighs as a young girl that led to her cutting out certain food types, before other catalysts eventually triggered eating disorders.
Panellist Nadia mentioned how upset she was reading how a comment about Mel’s body during her early twenties changed how she saw her body going forward in life.
“It was really early on in the Spice Girl’s journey and I did a backflip,” Mel began as she recalled the story herself.
She continued: “Someone commented how they were surprised I could do a backflip with ‘thighs that big’.
“I never had any body image issues up until that point, I was what we would deem as a slim person.”
The Wannabe singer went on to recall how the remark gave her imposter syndrome and sparked fears she wasn’t good enough to be in the band.
She explained: “At that point, the thought that I didn’t look right was so terrifying to me. I was thinking ‘do I deserve this? Am I right to be doing this?’
“That is what started me eliminating food groups – it started quite innocently – and then there were other catalysts along the way.
Mel went on to perform with the band right up until it went on hiatus in 2000.
Meanwhile, Geri left the band at the height of their fame in 1998, citing creative differences and exhaustion as her reasons behind the move.
While the Spice Girls never re-formed, they did reunite for two concert tours.
The band delighted fans with their Return of the Spice Girls in 2007 and Spice World in 2019 with the latter taking part without Victoria.
Spice Girls are rumoured to be returning to the stage at Glastonbury, however, nothing has been confirmed.
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