It seems like only yesterday that the Spice Girls burst onto the pop culture scene with catchy hits like “Spice Up Your Life,” “Say You’ll Be There”, and, of course, “Wannabe.” That’s why it’s hard to believe that the girl group’s seminal album, Spice, will be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of its release next month. Fans hoping for a full Spice Girls reunion to commemorate the occasion, however, are out of luck.
Melanie Chisholm, who you may know as Mel C or Sporty Spice, recently penned a personal essay for the U.K.’s Love Magazine detailing why she won’t be joining Ginger, Baby, Scary, and Posh Spice for a reunion performance any time in the near future.
“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,” Chisholm revealed.
While Chisholm said she’d love to sing the Spice Girls’ “brilliantly bonkers pop songs” across the world, she also admitted that there’s a lot to be said for bowing out on a high note.
“The hardest part for me was letting people down, the girls, the fans, civilisation?! Unfortunately something didn’t feel quite right and I had to follow my gut,” the performer continued. “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? There’s a lot to be said for bowing out on a high note.”
You can read Mel C’s entire essay over at Love Magazine.
(H/T Entertainment Weekly)