Things are far from har­mo­nious at Spice Girls HQ

FRIEND­SHIP NEVER ENDS, BUT IVALRIES LAST A LIFE­TIME

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TRhey zig-a-zig-ahed back into the spot­light this month, af­ter fi­nally con­firm­ing that they were head­ing back on tour. But de­spite putting on a united front as they hit the promo cir­cuit – dis­play­ing their har­monies along the way – things are far from har­mo­nious back at Spice Girls HQ.

In fact, ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers, ten­sions are at an all-time high be­tween Geri Horner, 46, Emma Bun­ton, 42, Me­lanie Brown, 43, and Me­lanie Chisholm, 44, with rifts re-emerg­ing be­fore they’ve even hit re­hearsals for their tour. And, sur­pris­ingly, Vic­to­ria Beck­ham’s no-show is the least of their prob­lems.

‘They’re all look­ing for­ward to con­nect­ing with their fans again, but things haven’t got any less com­pli­cated when it comes to get­ting them all on the same page and agree­ing with each other,’ an in­sider close to the four girls tells. ‘They’ve al­ways fought like sib­lings and old habits die hard, so there’s still a lot of fes­ter­ing re­sent­ments. It’s go­ing to be a rocky tour for sure.’

Their first area of strife was over 44-year-old Mrs Beck­ham’s ab­sence. Vic­to­ria was quick to wish the girls good luck on their tour, telling fans, ‘I won’t be

join­ing my girls on­stage again, but be­ing in the Spice Girls was a hugely im­por­tant part of my life and I wish them so much love and fun.’

But her well-wishes fell on deaf ears among some scarier mem­bers of the group. Just days be­fore they made their of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment, Mel B rocked up to Heidi Klum’s Hal­loween party in fancy dress as Posh Spice, car­ry­ing an axe with the words, ‘No, I am not go­ing on tour,’ writ­ten across it. And, ap­par­ently, her cheeky stunt didn’t go down well with her band­mates. ‘Emma thinks what Mel did was petty, and is wor­ried that she’s go­ing to make a snide re­mark about Vic while on­stage, which is not what the fans want to hear,’ the source re­veals. ‘It also up­set Mel C, be­cause she’s stayed close to Vic.’ They’re also wor­ried about the singer – who’s in­fa­mous for speak­ing her mind! – ‘mouthing off in in­ter­views’.

But Mel B’s forth­right na­ture is the least of their wor­ries. In the pro­mo­tional clip they re­leased last week, the Spice Girls poked fun at Geri’s at­ten­tion-seek­ing an­tics. But ac­cord­ing to the source, it wasn’t too far from the truth. ‘Geri has been try­ing to take charge as usual and put all her zany ideas into the tour,’ the in­sider tells. ‘But the other girls feel that it should be left to them to make the big de­ci­sions, as they were the ones who were in the band longer and didn’t quit [Geri fa­mously left be­fore their US tour in 1998],’ the in­sider ex­plains. ‘Geri’s mind goes 100 miles a minute and she’s al­ways try­ing to come up with quirky ideas, while they think they should just fo­cus on pay­ing homage to their old rou­tines. There will be big smiles on the night, but it’s go­ing to be a night­mare for ev­ery­one work­ing be­hind the scenes,’ the source adds.

With the girls re­ported to be earn­ing al­most $4 mil­lion each for the 11-date UK tour, let’s hope they’ll be able to put aside their dif­fer­ences for the sake of the show. Viva for­ever?

Stop right now: Mel B, Geri, Mel C and Emma are hid­ing be­hind their smiles

When five­be­came four: The Spice Girls last per­formed as a group in 2012 at the Lon­don Olympics Clos­ing Cer­e­mony

In­sid­ers say Geri (sec­ond from left) is tak­ing charge of the group, much to Mel C, Emma and Mel B’s frus­tra­tion

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