Former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm has revealed that she was bullied by her bandmates during her time in the girl group.
Chisholm also revealed that certain lyrics on her latest album ‘Version of Me’ deal with bullying that happened during the height of the group’s fame.
Speaking in an interview with Attitude, Chisholm said that “Version of Me is about being bullied. About being in a situation as a young adult where I felt bullied and how that has affected me, and moulded me in a way.”
“Unfortunately, being bullied can really damage people and even when you are stronger and over it, it can still be in the background – undermining you. I hope people will identify with that track,” she continued.
Asked if the bullying occurred during her time in the Spice Girls, she replied: “Yes. I’m not going to name names. But yes. It’s been addressed, they were aware of what they’d done. They apologised.”
“Now I’m older, I’m a lot more confident and I will not be shat upon. But when I was younger I let people shit on me. What’s done is done but I’d have liked to have been a bit stronger,” she continued. “When we were kids we were so hard on each other and so determined to succeed that if anybody fell out of line they were quickly brought back in. That was quite a lot of pressure to live under.”
“I’d love to play huge arenas across the World, sing our brilliantly bonkers pop songs and relive our former glory,” Chisholm said in July. “It is of course a very lucrative opportunity too. But we were a five-piece band. Didn’t we reach a peak with the Olympics? There’s a lot to be said for bowing out on a high note.”
Chisholm added: “Anything less than the full line-up just didn’t feel like we’d be doing justice to the band or the fans.”