Reports claim that The Spice Girls will reunite for 20th anniversary next year but without Victoria Beckham.
2016 marks two decades since the girl group’s breakthrough single ‘Wannabe’, which was released in July 1996, and reports today (August 7) suggest that the group will reunite for live dates to mark the anniversary.
Earlier this week Mel B hinted at a possible reunion and now The Sun are reporting that the members – bar Beckham, aka Posh Spice – will “reform for a massive international tour next year”. It is claimed that the other four members “made the decision at a secret meeting in London last month”.
The newspaper also claim that Beckham “insists she is too busy” for a reunion but that the possibility will remain open to her if she changes her mind. Her alleged uneasy relationship with fellow member Mel B is also cited as a reason.
A source added: “Victoria wishes the girls the best of luck. She knows the reunion is on but has declined to be involved. She is far too busy running her fashion brand and looking after her family to get back on a stage. She also feels that they left the stage on an amazing high with their Olympics performance and worries a reunion could tarnish their legacy.”
However, prior to the reports, Victoria Beckham paid tribute to her former members on Twitter, posting a picture with the caption: “love my Spice Girls”.
Since the reports, members Mel C and Emma Bunton have distanced themselves from the claims, with the former writing: “Woke up this morning wondering whether I need to start practising my backflips???!!!” Bunton replied: “Do I need to put my pigtails in?!?!?”
See those tweets below.
— Victoria Beckham (@victoriabeckham) August 6, 2015
Woke up this morning wondering whether I need to start practising my backflips???!!! 😳
— Mel C / Melanie C (@MelanieCmusic) August 7, 2015
Do I need to put my pigtails in?!?!? https://t.co/TfWZQL9ux2
— Emma Bunton (@EmmaBunton) August 7, 2015
Spice Girls originally reformed for a tour in 2007. They last appeared together in 2012 at the London Olympics closing ceremony, performing a medley of their songs.