Spice Girls re­unite – but there’s no Posh!

Tick­ets have gone on sale for the Spice World 2019 tour – but will it be the same with­out Posh?

YOU (South Africa) - - CONTENTS - COM­PILED BY KIRSTIN BUICK

FOR the past 18 years fans have been telling them what they re­ally, re­ally want is for them to stop wast­ing our pre­cious time – just get their act to­gether and we’ll all be just fine. Be­cause we want it to last for­ever – friend­ship never ends. And we wanna, we wanna, we wanna, we wanna, we re­ally, re­ally, re­ally wanna . . . see the band get back to­gether again.

It’s the Spice Girls we want! Come and spice up our lives again!

Fi­nally, they heard us. Gin­ger, Baby, Scary and Sporty an­nounced they’ll go on a sta­dium tour of the UK next year and there have been hints of a new Great­est Hits al­bum and a TV show too.

Only Posh is miss­ing. Vic­to­ria Beck­ham de­clined to join her for­mer besties but wished them well as they re­vive the hits that made mil­lions of teens go bonkers in the ’90s. Here’s what they’ve been up to since burst­ing onto the scene.

GIN­GER SPICE GERI HAL­LI­WELL (46) NET WORTH: £30 MIL­LION (R555 MIL­LION)

LIFE AF­TER SPICE Geri was the first mem­ber to leave in 1998. She re­leased three al­bums and wrote a se­ries of chil­dren’s books that fol­lowed the ad­ven­tures of nine-year-old Uge­nia, based on her­self. She also branched out with her own se­ries of yoga and ex­er­cise videos, and de­vel­oped a swimwear col­lec­tion for Next cloth­ing.

Geri, who fea­tured as a judge on Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent, has been work­ing on a new solo al­bum for years but has de­layed re­leas­ing it sev­eral times. THE SPICE OF LIFE She wed For­mula 1 boss Chris­tian Horner (44) in 2015 and their son, Mon­tague, was born last year. Geri also has a daugh­ter, Blue­bell (11), with screen­writer ex-boyfriend Sacha Ger­vasi (52).

Geri and Chris­tian di­vide their time be­tween a home in Hert­ford­shire and a coun­try es­tate in Ox­ford­shire, where she tends to her chick­ens, goats and don­keys.

SPORTY SPICE ME­LANIE CHISHOLM (44) NET WORTH: £27 MIL­LION (R500 MIL­LION)

LIFE AF­TER SPICE Mel C used her voice – widely re­garded as the strong­est of the Spices’ – to launch her solo ca­reer with When You’re Gone, a chart-top­ping duet with Bryan Adams, and has re­leased seven al­bums since.

Like Mel B, she’s had stints as a judge and men­tor on re­al­ity shows such as The X Fac­tor Aus­tralia, Su­per­star and Asia’s Got Tal­ent. THE SPICE OF LIFE Af­ter flings with Rob­bie Wil­liams (44) and Red Hot Chili Pep­pers’ An­thony Kiedis (56), Mel C set­tled down with prop­erty de­vel­oper Thomas Starr for 10 years and had a daugh­ter, Scar­let (9). She’s now dat­ing fit­ness guru Joe Mar­shall, who’s also her man­ager.

Sporty is still liv­ing up to her name – she’s an avid triath­lete and of­ten shares clips of her gru­elling work­outs on In­sta­gram.

Vic­to­ria Beck­ham de­clined to join her for­mer besties but wished them well with the re­vival

SCARY SPICE ME­LANIE BROWN (43) NET WORTH: £7 MIL­LION (R130 MIL­LION)

LIFE AF­TER SPICE Mel B had a hand­ful of medi­ocre tracks from her solo al­bums and fea­tured in a few for­get­table movies, in­clud­ing the British drama Burn It and Seat Filler with Kelly Row­land.

She even­tu­ally found suc­cess in re­al­ity TV with her own show, Mel B: It’s a Scary World, and went on to be a judge on Aus­tralia’s Got Tal­ent, the British ver­sion of The X Fac­tor, as well as Amer­ica’s Got Tal­ent. THE SPICE OF LIFE Her per­sonal life lived up to her Spice Girls nick­name. She was mar­ried for two years to Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar with whom she has a daugh­ter, Phoenix Chi (19).

The mar­riage ended in her lay­ing as­sault charges against him.

A 2006 dal­liance with ac­tor Ed­die Mur­phy (57) pro­duced a sec­ond daugh­ter, An­gel Iris (11), but Ed­die re­fused to ac­knowl­edge her un­til a blood test proved pa­ter­nity.

Mel B then hooked up with pro­ducer Stephen Be­la­fonte (43) and they wed in June 2007. Ten years later she filed for di­vorce, ac­cus­ing Stephen – fa­ther of her third child, Madi­son (4) – of “emo­tional and phys­i­cal abuse”.

Ear­lier this year, Mel an­nounced she was check­ing into re­hab to deal with post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der caused by the di­vorce. She also ad­mit­ted she’d been abus­ing al­co­hol “to numb” her pain.

BABY SPICE EMMA BUN­TON (42) NET WORTH: £30 MIL­LION (R555 MIL­LION)

LIFE AF­TER SPICE Emma had a hit with What Took You So Long off her 2001 solo al­bum, A Girl Like Me, but was dropped by Vir­gin Records due to poor sales.

She re­leased two more al­bums, Free Me and Life in Mono, but nei­ther made waves.

Emma found steady work in TV, fea­tur­ing in the hit com­edy Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous from 2003 to 2012, and as a judge on celebrity ice-skat­ing show Danc­ing on Ice. She’s also found a niche on British ra­dio and now has her own Sun­day evening slot.

Her eco-friendly baby prod­uct com­pany, Kit and Kin, earns her an ex­tra few bob. THE SPICE OF LIFE Baby is a mama these days too, shar­ing Beau (10) and Tate (7) with her long-time part­ner, singer Jade Jones.

Emma and Jade (38), who was part of boy­band Dam­age, have been to­gether for more than 20 years. They got en­gaged back in 2011 but have no plans to wed “although we do talk about it”, she says.

The Spice Girls in their ’90s hey­day (from left), Posh, Baby, Scary, Gin­ger and Sporty.

Posh (LEFT) is no­tice­ably ab­sent from the photo (ABOVE) re­leased with the an­nounce­ment of their UK tour, which will kick off at Eti­had Sta­dium in Manch­ester in June next year.

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