Things are far from harmonious at Spice Girls HQ
FRIENDSHIP NEVER ENDS, BUT IVALRIES LAST A LIFETIME
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?
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Insiders say Geri (second from left) is taking charge of the group, much to Mel C, Emma and Mel B’s frustration