The star insists that she's got to remain in the UK to promote her new single 'Calling'...

A spokesperson for GERI HALLIWELL has denied she pulled out of an Australian pop festival because the radio network that put it on insulted her on air.

As reported earlier in NME.COM Halliwell was to play three shows as part of the Austereo network’s Rumba Festival in late November.

According to Australian press reports, while doing an advance phone interview with Kyle McLachlan and Jackie O’s Hot.30.com show which is nationally syndicated through Austereo, the subject of rivalry with Victoria Beckham came up.

They played her a tape of an earlier interview with Beckham, in which they’d asked Posh what she would say to Halliwell if they met.

However, a spokesperson for Halliwell told NME.COM that the decision not to travel to the festivals and the radio interview were unrelated.

He said: “We’ve put back the release of the new single ‘Calling’ to the end of November, so she has to stay in the UK to do press and television to promote that before its release. That’s all there is to it.”

He said Halliwell plans to return to Australia, but no arrangements have been confirmed.