Melanie Chisholm has explained why she turned down the chance to participate in a proposed Spice Girls reunion.
Last month (July), to mark the 20th anniversary of the group’s debut single ‘Wannabe’, Chisholm’s bandmates Emma Bunton, Geri Horner and Melanie Brown posted a video on YouTube in which they hinted at a possible comeback gig.
“You’ve stood by us for 20 years, and we want to say a big thank you,” Horner says in the video. “And we want to celebrate and have a party. And when we do, you’re all invited,” Brown adds.
Like bandmate Victoria Beckham, Chisholm is conspicuously absent from the video, and now she has explained why.
“Truth be told, earlier this year after several face-to-face meetings with the girls I made the difficult decision not to be part of a proposed reunion with Emma, Geri and Melanie,” Chisholm writes in an article for Love Magazine. “Victoria had already bowed out understandably with the demands of her fashion label and her rather large family. The hardest part for me was letting people down, the girls, the fans, civilisation?! Unfortunately something didn’t feel quite right and I had to follow my gut.”
“I’d love to play huge arenas across the World, sing our brilliantly bonkers pop songs and relive our former glory,” Chisholm continues. “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 adds later: “Anything less than the full line-up just didn’t feel like we’d be doing justice to the band or the fans.”
The video featuring Bunton, Horner and Brown came a day after reports the girl band are planning a reunion concert in London’s Hyde Park next summer.
Music producer Eliot Kennedy, who has frequently worked with The Spice Girls, has also confirmed that Bunton, Brown and Horner have been working on new music.
He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “We wrote a brilliant song and the energy was exactly like it was 20 years ago, just as enthusiastic, just as much to say, just as much to celebrate.
“I think they have something to do with way female artists are perceived in the pop charts nowadays, I think they’ve had a massive effect on pop music and pop culture, so it’s a good time to celebrate.”