Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls 19 years ago today, parting ways with the UK-based girl group in the middle of their world tour — a move that stunned fans and broke the hearts of millions. On Thursday, a fan tweeted that today was the day that Halliwell changed the fate of the group, which broke up completely shortly after. Although the Spice Girls tried their best to go on as a party of four without Ginger Spice, it simply didn’t work out.
“19 years ago today, it was announced that @GeriHalliwell had left the Spice Girls in the middle of their world tour,” the fan tweet read, according to Us Weekly.
“I’m sorry about that … everything works out in the end, that’s what my mum says! X,” the 44-year-old singer responded, along with a broken heart emoji.
In 2016, Halliwell appeared on Oprah: Where Are They Know. During her segment, she talked about leaving the group and the magnitude that decision had on her life.
“It felt like it had grown into this huge monster, bigger than the individuals, bigger than the band itself. time. Obviously, there was a bit of ruction (sic) in the band, and I was thinking ‘You know, I just don’t want to do this anymore.’ It was like, ‘You’re getting on my nerves and I don’t know how to talk this through, so I’m out of here.’ It was quite immature, looking back,'” Halliwell revealed.
Despite the troubles of the 90s, the former girl group members (Halliwell along with Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, “Mel C” Melanie Chisholm, and “Mel B” Melanie Brown) still get on. In fact, the girls reunited back in 2012 for the Olympics which sparked a nationwide frenzy about a real reunion and possibly a tour.
Those tour rumors haven’t died down much. It seems as though some of the women — especially Mel B. — are interested in getting together to tour the world and give diehard fans what they’ve wanted for the past decade plus. However, some of the women have moved past that phase in their lives and don’t seem interested at all.
According to The Sun, Mel C. (Sporty Spice) and Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) have no interest in reconnecting with their former BFFs. However, the other women had been planning a sort of regrouping before Halliwell got pregnant.
“Geri Horner, Melanie Brown and Emma Bunton said they were planning to reform under the name GEM with a high-profile gig at Hyde Park in the summer of 2017. Melanie Chisholm and Victoria Beckham reportedly declined to be involved. However, in January 2017, Geri, aka Ginger Spice, pulled out after she fell pregnant with her second child at the age of 44 to concentrate on her growing family. Now that she has given birth to baby Monty, she is reportedly back in line to get back with the group,” The Sun reports.
The women chose the name “GEM” as their group name, which is made up of the first letters of each of their names (G for Geri, E for Emma, and M for Melanie).
“They would not be able to reunite under the Spice Girls moniker because there are only three of them from the original line-up and reports in August 2016 suggested Mel C threatened legal action against the three as they can’t be the Spice Girls without her.” The Sun reports.
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