So we already know that the Spice Girls reunion tour is just going to be a three-person affair, but now we know WHY we're left with GEM!
As you'll remember, both Victoria Beckham and Melanie C have long ago dropped out of the girls' upcoming reunion, leaving Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, and Mel B to fend for themselves.
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And in a brand new piece for Love Magazine, Melanie C explains exactly why she stepped away from it all, sharing her touching and highly personal story with a little insight into the legendary girl group!
She started off by taking us down her road towards fame, explaining that she's not in the entertainment business just to get famous (below):
"For a few years, with four other girls by my side, we achieved exactly what we set out to do. Thankfully, we all wanted the same thing. We still to this day believe a big part of our success was due to our absolute unquestionable belief that we would indeed become the biggest band in the world.
But my relationship with fame has changed over the years and at times of personal struggle (remember the angry rock chick years?) when you'd rather nobody knew who you were I'd have to remind myself that without fame from the band it would be far more difficult for me to do the thing that I love. You see, I'm a singer and songwriter. Not a celebrity. The two are very different things. You can earn a fortune being a ‘celebrity' depending on how much dignity you want to keep in tact."
And you can tell she still has some pretty significant loyalty to her girls, so it's not like their relationship has been completely altered — as she notes very pointedly (below):
"Look, I will be a Spice Girl until I die. But the continuous speculation on whether we will reform to celebrate 20 years of Wannabe has been particularly exhausting. Don't get me wrong - I totally get it. But is it a new rule that bands have to reform? Why can't we just be remembered for our incredible achievements in the nineties. When we embarked on the reunion tour it was amazing, scary and surreal all at the same time. The five of us back together again. Like we'd stepped back in time for a global celebration of the band."
Melanie C even reveals that "several face-to-face meetings" took place about the possibility of her returning to the group for the reunion tour — but things just didn't work out for her, or for Victoria.
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We'll never know how close they got, but we do know why Melanie C backed out, and it all comes down to ending on a high note (below):
"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. 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, civilization?! 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. 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 [in 2012]? There's a lot to be said for bowing out on a high note."
Wow! She's not wrong…
To her credit, Melanie C realized quickly — like a lot of fans may soon understand — that without all five girls, it's just not the same show.
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But that doesn't mean she has any less love for them (below):
"Anything less than the full line-up just didn't feel like we'd be doing justice to the band or the fans. We're constantly reminded of our famous line from Wannabe – friendship never ends. There will always be hurdles with friendship. I love the girls dearly. We have a very unique bond that will never be broken and I will continue to support them all as much as I can."
And perhaps most refreshing, she knows her solo work isn't likely to touch the pandemonium set off by the Girls 20 years ago.
And that's OK! Few people can match that amazing time in music (below):
"Also, I am under no illusion that my solo work will ever come close to a fraction of the impact that we make as the Spice Girls. I love the band I am beyond proud of my past and will always embrace and celebrate being a Spice Girl, It's what I am."
VERY well said, girl!!!
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To read the full well-written, thoughtful piece from Melanie C, click HERE!
What do U think, Perezcious readers?! Are you down with her reasoning for not doing the reunion tour?? Or do you wish she joined the other three to perform?!
Let us know in the comments (below)!
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