Nervy Posh’s fears over Mel’s ‘dynamite’ book
RELATIONS between Victoria Beckham and Melanie Brown have been frosty for years. And they are now set to hit an all-time low over Scary’s forthcoming autobiography, which I am assured is ‘absolute dynamite’.
Posh and those close to her are so nervous about what Mel is about to reveal that they have been attempting to find out what’s in the book ahead of its publication later this month.
Their fears have been heightened by the fact that the other band members – Emma Bunton, Geri Horner and Melanie Chisholm – have received advance copies of the memoir.
‘The girls are very much like sisters,’ a source close to Victoria tells me. ‘They bicker, they fall out and they make up, but this book is going to be explosive, so of course Posh and her team are fearing the worst. Victoria hasn’t been allowed to see it and Mel most definitely has a reputation for mouthing off.’
Victoria and Mel’s rivalry began at the height of the Spice Girls’ phenomenal success in the mid-1990s when they would often clash over dance routines.
Relations took a turn for the worse in 2007 after Posh, husband David and their children moved to Los Angeles, where Mel had been living since the early Noughties.
Mel had hoped she would be able to hang out with her old friend and felt shunned when Posh preferred to socialise with actresses Katie Holmes and Eva Longoria. Mel also says Victoria has refused to lend her clothes from her fashion range, claiming Posh thought she would lower the tone of the label.
The band – minus Victoria – last week announced a comeback UK tour. I can reveal that tickets for their Wembley Stadium show on June 15 – on sale at official agency Ticketmaster for between £66 and £146 – are being sold for as much as £4,167 on controversial resale site Viagogo. It is also selling passes to the prestigious Golden Circle by the front of the stage for £2,636 – more than ten times the face value.
Viagogo’s inflated prices have previously so outraged Ed Sheeran, Adele and Taylor Swift that they have banned the agency from selling tickets to their shows.
Spice Girls fans took to Twitter to share their disappointment, and Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson said: ‘Once again loyal fans are being ripped off by Viagogo.
‘Even the standard price is steep for many fans but these prices are just extortionate.’
TENSE: Mel and Victoria in the Spice Girls’ heyday