Spice Girl Mel C rubbishes yesterday's reports that she'd left the band...

SPICE GIRL MEL C has spoken out this morning (March 10) to deny yesterday’s reports that the band were on the verge of splitting.

Tabloids yesterday quoted an interview with Mel conducted by news agency Reuters in which she said she felt “uncomfortable” in the band and wouldn’t be returning to work with them. Most took it to mean that it meant the Spice Girls were over – despite denials from the band’s spokespeople.

But speaking in a telephone interview on this morning’s ‘CD:UK’ show on ITV, which coincidentally featured fellow Spice Girl Emma Bunton performing her new solo single, Mel C insisted she was still in the band.

She said: “At the moment, we’re concentrating on solo stuff , but no-one has left the band. I’ve not left the Spice Girls, we’re still together.

“I’m very sorry to let the media down, but I’m sure our fans won’t bother.”

When asked by presenter Cat Deeley whether there was a future for the Spice Girls, Mel responded: “Of course there is!”

As reported yesterday on NME.COM, rumours have been rife about the future of the Spice Girls for some time, following the poor chart performance of their last album, ‘Forever’, which failed to go straight into the charts at Number One, and which crashed out of the Top 40 weeks later.

The band also shelved plans to release a third single from the album.

But yesterday, a spokesperson for the band denied the split rumours, saying: “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.”