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For years Melanie C. was reluctant to being involved in a Spice Girls reunion, publicly proclaiming that she'd never do it.

Well, now she is doing it.

What changed her mind?

The Girls approached her and told her they all wanted to do it and were gonna do it with or without her.

Melanie C. tells the U.K.'s Closer magazine:

"The girls approached me and said they were getting together to do a world tour, a greatest hits album and a big goodbye, and I was like: 'Oh, no.' It was the last thing I wanted to hear. All four of them had spoken about it and it was set in stone. They basically said if I wanted to do it great but if I didn't want to do it then they were going to do it anyway. I'd always said I'd never do it. But I didn't want to miss out and have regrets. I also didn't want to be the person that stopped it being the complete five. I was scared I'd be the villain. The depression and everything else was in my thoughts during the decision process of whether to do the tour. It took me a long time to decide because it was something I never ever wanted to do. It was hard, so I didn't say yes immediately. I changed my mind every day, it was difficult. I've been on the straight and narrow for four years. But I had to be sensible and evaluate what I wanted to do. And I want this reunion. I'm happy with my body. I've reached a good place. I'm healthy but I like Guinness and crisps. Life's too short to worry about weight."

And we're happy for the reunion too!

CLICK HERE to read the full interview with Closer.

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She made her mark as the sporty one in the band, but Mel C should perhaps be known as Reluctant Spice. In an exclusive interview, the singer has confided that she didn’t want to take part in the reunion tour, and that she was afraid a return to the limelight would spark her old eating disorders. But in the end she reveals she didn’t have a choice as the girls had already made up their minds.
Mel, 33, says: “The girls approached me and said they were getting together to do a world tour, a greatest hits album and a big goodbye, and I was like: ‘Oh no.’ It was the last thing I wanted to hear.”
But Mel says the other Spices had already made a decision to go ahead with or without her.
“All four of them had spoken about it and it was set in stone,” she says. “They basically said if I wanted to do it great, but if I didn’t want to do it then they were going to do it anyway. So I was like: ‘Wow, what do I do?’
“I’d always said I’d never do it. But I didn’t want to miss out and have regrets. I also didn’t want to be the person that stopped
it being the complete five – I was scared I’d be the villain. It was hard, so I didn’t say yes immediately. I changed my mind every day – it was difficult.”
Mel admits that her indecision was, in part, down to the anorexia and severe depression she suffered at the height of the Spice Girls’ fame. Her weight dropped to under 8st and she was a size 6 – tiny for her 5ft 6 frame.
She said later: “Throughout the Spice Girls’ heyday, my diet became more and more restricted, until I was just eating fruit and veg. I went on faddy diets and didn’t touch protein or carbohydrates, which was ridiculous, as we were running around like maniacs. I was underweight and living on adrenaline. That screws up your body and I believe it had a lot to do with bringing on my depression.”
It was the memory of those dark times that made Mel stall on the reunion.
She reveals: “The depression and everything else was in my thoughts during the decision process of whether to do the tour. It took me a long time to decide because it was something I never ever wanted to do.
“I’ve been on the straight and narrow
for four years. But I had to be sensible
and evaluate what I wanted to do. And
I want this reunion.”
There’s little doubt Mel’s success in beating her body demons has helped
her make her choice. She now weighs
a healthier 91⁄2-10st.
“I’m happy with my body,” she says. “I’ve reached a good place. I’m healthy, but I like Guinness and crisps. Life’s too short to worry about weight.”
But while the other girls in the band, Geri Halliwell, 35, Emma Bunton, 31, Melanie Brown, 32, and Victoria Beckham, 33, seem more open to the possibility of further Spice projects – Melanie is firmly drawing the line at the two-month tour. She insists that as soon as it’s over, she’ll return to her solo work – she’s about to launch her solo single, This Time.
“I will absolutely be returning to my solo projects when the Spice Girls are over in February,” she says. “I’m obviously hoping that the Spice Girls helps with rejuvenating my solo projects, but I’m doing this tour to enjoy it.”
And while we’re used to seeing the other four Spices parading for the paparazzi, or doing TV shows, Mel seems unamused at the thought of losing her privacy. She’s particularly amazed at how the Beckhams cope with being in the spotlight.
“Everyone scrutinises Victoria’s life in every way,” she says. “I find it insane how she and David have ended up in this mad and crazy world of celebrity. It’s bonkers! Obviously they’ve used the press to their advantage, but I do think that quite often
it goes too far. Victoria and Mel B are under a lot of pressure, but they’re amazing at taking everything in their stride.
“It would do my head in if people wrote things about me and followed me everywhere. Well, it did do my head in back in the days when people gave a shit about me. I don’t want the spotlight on me like that ever again. I like my privacy.”
Victoria, Mel B, Emma and Geri are all said to be taking their families along on the Spice tour. But Mel, who is the only member of the band not to have had a baby, admits she’s relieved her own entourage won’t include children and nannies.
She giggles: “Personally I’m very happy not having a child on tour with me! I’m really excited about hanging out and playing with the other girls’ kids, but I love the fact I can go, ‘Night!’ then hand them back and go out.
“Travelling around the world and
living out of a suitcase is no place for
a baby. I feel that if I’m lucky enough
to be blessed with a kid, then I’d want to be a regular mum. I’d want to be at home, taking them to school and being there full-time.
I wouldn’t want to be travelling all over
the world with them strapped to my back. I’m not criticising anyone else. That’s just how I’d want to do it.”
And while she’s been dating quantity surveyor Thomas Starr, 37, for five years, she says she isn’t broody yet.
“I’ve always concentrated on my career – it’s a very selfish job being a musician,” she says. “Tom and I have spoken about it. But like a lot of people, the timing has never been right. I may never get the right time – but if I want to do it then I’ll have to learn to make it my priority. Because of my age, I’m thinking maybe I ought to get cracking soon!”
Six years have passed since the Spice Girls last performed together. Now that they’re older, Mel admits she’ll be feeling nervous about performing some of the group’s cheesier hits.
“Of course I will,” she says, erupting into laughter. “The thought of singing Wannabe makes me cringe. But I know I’ll love doing it once we get going.”
But while the girls may be more mature, Mel does intend to do a few of her old
party tricks.
“I’m hoping to add the back-flip to my repertoire,” she says. “I haven’t done it since I did my knee in a few years ago – but I’m hoping I can do it again.
“Victoria’s been very focused on the clothes and has been integral in organising that side of things. But, for the record, I won’t be wearing a crop top again. Crop tops stop when you reach 25!”
And Mel would like to quash a couple of other rumours, starting with the whispers that the girls are each expecting
a £10million pay cheque from the tour.
“Bollocks are we earning £10million each,” says Mel. “It’s crap! Hopefully we’ll earn a few quid and I can get a new bathroom, but this isn’t about money.”
She’s equally keen to point out that the group aren’t at loggerheads. Geri was
said to have fallen out with the rest of
the band when she left in 1998, and more recently she’s said to have argued with Victoria over whether the tour should include singing solo.
Mel says: “There’s no animosity with Geri, we’re all grown-ups now.
“She’s so happy with her daughter Bluebell – I go round and hang out in
her back garden and we get on great.”
Mel’s also been in regular contact with
Mel B and Emma, who gave birth to baby
son Beau just two months ago.
“She’s looking incredible,” she says. “You wouldn’t even know she’d just had a baby. I think because she was in such amazing shape when she got pregnant she was able to stay fit. It’s like she’s been a mum for years. I’m sure she’s nervous about taking Beau on tour though, because he’ll only be three months old.
“Melanie’s great too and I’ve met her husband Stephen and he seems lovely. She’ll be in the best shape ever when we start the tour after competing in Dancing With The Stars.”
The tour kicks off on 2 December and
the Spice Girls are releasing their new single Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)
as the official BBC Children In Need song.
And Mel refuses to be intimidated by competition.
“We’re not trying to be chart-toppers again,” she says. “The Spice Girls have nothing to prove. We’ve had our moment – this is just the final bow.”
By Dean Piper
dean.piper@emap.com
Mel C’s new solo single This Time, and
an album of the same name, are available for download and in the shops now. For more information, log on to www.melaniec.net

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73 comments to “We Would Have Done It Without You!”

  1. britbabe says – reply to this


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    she looked at the figures and thought 'ker-ching!' …first?

  2. sneffybb says – reply to this


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    I 1st bitches!!! And I think they suck!!!

  3. TELL THE TRUTH says – reply to this


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    WHO CARES THEY ARE GOING TO SUCK WATCH

  4. hater says – reply to this


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    FIRST HATERS

  5. Biggie T says – reply to this


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    Artie Lange has Diabetes!! Howard Stern RULES!!!

  6. sneffybb says – reply to this


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    Who F'N cares!!!

  7. Suckmydick says – reply to this


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    FIRST FUCKERS!!

  8. remstriss says – reply to this


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    i'm sure i'm not first.
    he's gross

  9. Sammy says – reply to this


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    rawrrr

  10. Eathan says – reply to this


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    When will you post those HOT pix of Melanie from Booklet photoshoot?

  11. nataliaa says – reply to this


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    soooo, she was self-conscious about her weight and was on the line about doing the reuinion because she's selfish? good to know she's a giver!

  12. Ayla says – reply to this


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    Of course, money had nothing to do with it.

  13. lala says – reply to this


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    not gonna lie, i use to dance around my basement listening to them!

  14. tommyrouge says – reply to this


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    1st biatches with or without you sweetheat. GOT THAT!

  15. frannie says – reply to this


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    OMG Perez, ENOUGH WITH THE SPICE GIRLS!!! They were a sucky band, with a few sucky top 40 songs a million years ago.

  16. marit0 hilt0N says – reply to this


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    thanks god she said yes !!!………
    it would't been the same without her..

    1st ???????

  17. michellee says – reply to this


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    what was wrong with her that she didnt want to do it? i mean it sounded like she had weight issues or something? i didnt hear anything about that so im just wondering.

  18. your mom says – reply to this


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    what a pussy

  19. whoo dun it says – reply to this


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    blah blah blah blah blah. blah.

  20. HASBEEN says – reply to this


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    I SMELL A HASBEEN RIGHT THERE. CAN YOU SAY CAREER-CRASH? BUT HEY IF YOU AINT GOT TALENT YOU CAN ALWAYS STICK TO FUCKIN MUFF-DIVING AM I RIGHT HERE?

  21. britbabe says – reply to this


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    wow that woz the first time i sed first and was first =) chuffties

  22. what says – reply to this


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    perez hilton is really starting to suck….damn celebrity babylon is better than perez now….well not really but still…………………………wheres the stories perez!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Me and the gang are really thinking ur starting to suck

  23. ♀krazihottkelli♀ the real bitch♀ says – reply to this


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    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    zhe better ztay outta Californiazzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
    not a good time to go there…zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  24. Rock says – reply to this


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    What a bunch of cunts. The fact that they would threatento do it without her is revolting. The ONLY way this thing would make millions is if its all FIVE. Sporty held all the cards. Fuck you, bitches!!! :)

  25. UKer says – reply to this


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    WHO THE FUCK DOES MEL C THINK SHE IS?
    GERI HAS ALWAYS BEEN MY FAVE.
    MEL YOU'RE JUST GRIM.

  26. Truth Teller says – reply to this


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    They are going to make some serious scratch…. ZIG A ZIG AAH!!

  27. crotchrocket says – reply to this


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    She's cuter then the other ones.

  28. FLAkiki says – reply to this


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    Ummmm….I know they are(use to be) BIG over in the UK…..but what 2 albums require a greatest hits reunion tour?? Someone needs the $$….

  29. Ruth says – reply to this


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    Kewl, but I still think she's gay

  30. LasVegas says – reply to this


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    Who cares about the damn Spice Girls?! Their music sucks! Perez, you are the gayest gay ever, stop posting about them!

  31. BIG LOAD says – reply to this


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    MEL C IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SING AND IS THE BEST LOOKING.
    I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HER EAT THE OTHERS SNAPPIES.

  32. M_cali says – reply to this


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    Mel is looking beautiful!!!
    By the way i love ♥ The Spice Girls

  33. TaTiSpIcE says – reply to this


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    Please Perez keeps posting Spice Girls news Thank you very much

  34. unique says – reply to this


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    I think the spice girls rules!
    Keep posting spice news FOREVER

  35. mark says – reply to this


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    melanie c es la unica que vale la pena de las psice girls, imaginense que harian sin ella, jaja, las demas medio cantan, mel es la unica que logra buenas notas, dejen cantando sola a geri y victoria en vivo a ver como les va jaja
    mel rocks!!

  36. kiki says – reply to this


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    oh, gawd! get over yourself…did you really need a whole paragraph to explain the reason why you would or wouldn't want to rejoin the group for this tour. she acts like she was the justin timberlake of n'sync or something…let's re-access, mel C. you need this gig…so shut up already. such a drama queen.

  37. Pig-Snout Spice says – reply to this


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    Not another story about these tired, dried-up, talentless, ugly old snatches, please! NOBODY CARES.

  38. Chloe says – reply to this


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    I love Mel C. Im glad she decided to do this tour but I wish she would be reluctant on doing some more stuff besides the 2 month concert with the Spice Girls. And for the record, I always thought Mel C was a lesbian…:)

  39. Patrick says – reply to this


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    Melanie was probably reluctant to get back together with the Girls because she's the only one of them that has had steady success as a solo artist.

    She's had 4 successful solo albums and a slough of hit singles in Europe and the UK.

    I can't wait to see all 5 girls together, thought!

  40. spice girls for eva says – reply to this


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    i love how everyone HATES on this website, which is mostly about hating celebs- you either hate on P-Nasty, or the subject at hand - and sometimes each other. WTF! (Then there'as people like me that are appalled by it all, but have to look and post everyday)

    ANYWAY - here's my opinion, and it's what you want cuz you're reading this:
    The Spice Girls were a phenom, and some of their members are still a phenom (MelB, Miss Beckham) - and they got their fame by using the media - all you heard for like 2 1/2 years was THE Spice Girls.

    They are in the Guiness book of world records for alot of the feats they accomplished.

    Their first single "Wannabe" bit #1 in 31 countries. It is still the BIGGESt debut single OF ALL TIME.
    Their recent tour dates - 32 seconds to sell out a stadium in London.
    Their new CD artwork - most expensive ever - cost $2,300,000 to make - REAl jewels and diamonds spell "SPICE"

    They are not cunts or hacks or has beens. And it was not "a million years ago" - it's been 7 years. About how long it's been since britney did anything meaningful. OOps…sorry. Hater.

  41. ed says – reply to this


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    Whoooo the FUCK gives one flying fuck about the Spice girls??? I mean what the hell is this crap?? it`s like Kajagoogoo reuniting and everyone treating it like the Beatles reuniting. WHAT hit has the Spice girls EVER had? They are the lowest grade Z band you can think of and everyone acting like it`s Mozart or something. Holy shit!

  42. Pink says – reply to this


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    Mel C is the only one with singing chops

  43. Caesars says – reply to this


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    I love Mel C, she was the weird one of the 5 girls back in the days, so maybe is that why she wasn't sure about doing it, adding the fact that now she sings more indie (no that she does at all) than super sweet pop like the spice girls did. But actually she's now the prettiest of the 5 (she doesn't look as androgine as victoria, and her boobs are totally normal Ù.Ú) and she will earn tons of money with that tour, so it's a good idea that she decided to do it.

  44. Krystle says – reply to this


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    Re: ed
    Are you kidding me, they had a ton of hits!! sure not for a while, but they did well in their day, and I for one am happy to go see them on the reunion tour…I cant wait, I bought my tickets yesterday…they had/have alot of talent!!

  45. jason says – reply to this


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    awesome! my favorite spice girl will be on the tour! first geri was the outcast now mel c. the spice girls sound like 'mean girls'! lol.

  46. Ooba Gooba says – reply to this


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    What she's really saying is "I didn't want to miss out on that huge payday, because I have nothing else to fall back on. We're only doing this for the money".

  47. Mike says – reply to this


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    Hot Diggity Dog! Its the RV1!

  48. m says – reply to this


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    she looks great.

  49. Beckster says – reply to this


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    the c must stand for cunt

  50. Laury says – reply to this


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    Mel C has always struck as the most talented and the smartest Spice Girl, the reunion would've sucked without her, she's the only one who can really sing and dance.

  51. Frannie says – reply to this


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    Re: spice girls for eva – They formed in 1994 and broke up in 2001. Most of what they did was in the 90s. Yes, they had some top 40 hits, but they only released 10 singles, for pete's sake. Maybe they were a phenom in Europe and with little girls and tweens at the time, but I just to not get the non-stop chatter about this band. AND it is all bubble gum crap anyway. BTW, I am not a fan of Britney either, and I think all the carry on on about her is stupid as well.

  52. Rom says – reply to this


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    Mel C song I turn to you is one of my all time favorite dance songs.

  53. Sarah says – reply to this


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    She went through anorexia and depression during her Spice days. No wonder she was reluctant to do the reunion you IDIOTS. Some of you are so jealous of her it's hysterical. She's beautiful, talented and rich. Quit hatin. And for the record, she's not gay. Thank God.

  54. Sarah says – reply to this


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    Also, she doens't need the gig. She's like the best selling female artist in Britain behind Madonna morons. And if you knew anything about this reunion, you'd know it's not for the money. Mel put that rumor to rest herself on the radio last week. Don't believe everything you hear stupid fucks.

  55. zpice says – reply to this


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    I love the spice girls and I think MEL C is the best singer in the world

  56. Vanessa G. says – reply to this


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    Yay…Sporty Spice !

  57. Sammy B. says – reply to this


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    OOo the mel…i had a talk with her and she listened…shes having a blast with the girls and says doesnt regret a thing..spice girls forever!

  58. kyle says – reply to this


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    the 20 million dollars had NOTHING to do with her decision right

  59. Steph says – reply to this


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    Re: britbabe

    Wow, is it a proud day for you?

  60. Mel-C says – reply to this


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    I probably didn't explain that well at all. What I meant was, I've run dangerously low on funds.

  61. tregarbor says – reply to this


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    with or without you…lol

  62. Roxy says – reply to this


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    Wow it's so sad how most of you all hate so much. Somethimes I feel ashamed to be considered an American. All I've got to say is this article was on a British tabloid that has been chopped and screwed like every other tabloid story. The Spice Girls surpass any "American" female singer/group with what they've done and they have class. Most young American women know NOTHING about having class and self-respect. cough…cough…Britney…Paris…Lindsay…Bush's daughter…bahahahaha! Aside from that I seeing them in Vegas and thousands will be there cheering with me so all of your negative opinions don't mean shit anyway…cheers…spread the love!

  63. loud says – reply to this


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    I love Melanie C. Her new album is amazing! Buy it, bitches!

  64. Cayenne Pepper Spice says – reply to this


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    Mel C. is one sexy biotch… in fact just listening to her speak gives me a chubby! 8=D~

  65. Danika says – reply to this


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    I look at their most recent publicity shots together and think Mel C looks the best. She has absolutely nothing to be ashamed of!

  66. medievarulestheworld says – reply to this


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    she has all the talent
    she is the ONLY ONE that CAN SING !

  67. mimi says – reply to this


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    Who cares, she's happy with everything now isn't she. Melanie is the best. And this reunion tour is going to be awsome.

  68. OLIVIA JONES says – reply to this


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    OMG! GET OVER YOURSELF BITCH. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?
    JUST ON Z LIST……………with your z-list music for some stupid asses.
    MEL-C SUCKED AT THE 90 and NOW TO=!!!!!
    YOU NEED THE SPICE GIRL SUCCESS LIKE THE OTHER GIRLS TOO!
    YOU WILL NEVER HAVE A SUCCESS ALONE LIKE ROBBIE WILLIAMS! YOUR TOO BORNING AND UGLY AND FAT! GET IT!

  69. HOME SWEET HOME says – reply to this


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    SHE WAS AFRAID CAUSE SHE SAW HOW "TAKE THAT" HAVE BIG SUCCESS WITHOUT ROBBIE WILLIAMS SO SHE COULD NOT LIVE WITH THAT HAHAHAHA
    +
    AND YOUR NOT ROBBIE WILLIAMS AND WILL NEVER BE LIKE HIM!
    YOU CANT CHOOSE LIKER HE CAN!
    +

  70. flip says – reply to this


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    she's the only one I like! I heard she was a lesbian and was hoping to get it on with her where did this dude come from? Perez, you take him, I'll take her!

  71. HELLga says – reply to this


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    Mel C. is the only one of Scheiss Girls who may be considered a real singer….the rest of them…enough said.

  72. sonja says – reply to this


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    awwwwww nothing new, and luck for her they made the reunion otherwise her solo would be over already..anyway, i'm glad they're back, she seems to like it now tho!

  73. mons says – reply to this


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    she's the only one who can sing