Will 'Girl Power' return next year?
The pop group originally formed in 1994, before splitting in 2000 following the recording of three studio albums. The group reunited for a live tour from 2007-08, while they last performed together at the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Then, earlier this month, fresh claims arose that the ’90s ‘girl power’ sensation would be returning in 2018 for a world tour and new album. It was alleged that all five original members of The Spice Girls – Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Mel C and Geri Halliwell – have been taking part in secret talks about the group’s possible return since the summer, with a 2018 date now agreed for a reunion.
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Now Victoria Beckham, formerly Posh Spice, has revealed that it won’t be happening – at least not with her involved – as she’s now moved on and focussed entirely on her successful career in fashion design.
“It is not happening. At some point you’ve gotta know when it’s time say, ‘that was great’,” she told Alison Hammond on This Morning. “Girl Power will always be out there and is something that we all still believe.”
She continued: “What I do now is still all about girl power, but it’s empowering women through power.”
“I don’t think I’ll be slipping into a PVC catsuit anytime soon.”
Earlier this month, a source reportedly told The Sun: “The five of them have been locked in secret talks since the summer, and finally they are all on-board for a 2018 reunion. As it stands, they will be working together on a series of projects, which will include an album and a TV special celebrating the Spice Girls.
“Getting Victoria to agree has been a coup for everyone involved, given she has always been the person holding back on a reunion.”
One person not hopeful for a reunion is Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson, who described the ‘Girl Power’ movement as ‘abhorrent’.
“I always hated the term Girl Power,” said Manson. “At the time, I found the Spice Girls abhorrent”.
She continued: “I was 30 when they came out I guess…[But] I felt they were written for, and controlled by, men, who had come up with a marketing slogan and put these girls together. It was pretending to be women taking control, but none of them took control, they weren’t writing, they weren’t producing, they weren’t playing…I found it a sham.”
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Meanwhile, the band recently made headlines when linked to the 11 Twitter accounts followed by KFC – causing a frenzy among fans.
The limited number of accounts has now been shown to be an homage to the restaurant chain’s famous “eleven herbs and spices” chicken recipe.
In a stroke of marketing genius, the eleven accounts have now been revealed as the five former Spice Girls, and six men named Herb.