Geri Horner claims nail bomber targeted her over George Michael friendship

Julia Hunt
·Contributor
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Geri Horner and George Michael (PA)
Geri Horner and George Michael (PA)

Geri Horner has said she was targeted by a nail bomber over her friendship with late pop star George Michael.

The Spice Girl claimed that David Copeland - who carried out a string of nail bomb attacks in London in 1999 – “hated” the fact she was friends with the Wham! star and planned to assassinate her on stage at the Brit Awards.

Horner told The Sun that police warned her about the threat but that she decided to go ahead with the performance at Earls Court Exhibition Centre because she was “not going to be bullied”.

It was before my first ever performance as a solo artist that he issued me with a death threat,” said the singer.

Ex-Spice Girl Geri Halliwell performing on stage during the Brit Awards 2000 ceremony, held at Earls Court in west London.
Geri Halliwell during the Brit Awards 2000 ceremony (PA)

“He threatened to shoot me, and hated the fact I hung out with the gays, and was friends with George Michael. He hated me for camping it up, for loving the gays and for being friends with George.

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“I told him to do one.”

George Michael and Geri Halliwell at the RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
George Michael and Geri Halliwell (Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Copeland caused explosions in Brixton, Brick Lane in east London and Soho in 1999. His first two bombs were aimed at the Black and Asian communities and the third was planted at the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho, where the clientele was mainly gay.

In 2000, he was given six life sentences.

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Horner was very close to Michael, who died on Christmas Day 2016.

Metropolitan police issued photograph of David Copeland. 30/6/00 : David Copeland, has been found guilty of murder at the Old Bailey after admitting  causing explosions at Brixton, Brick Lane and Soho.  * during 13 days in London in April 1999. The blasts injured 129. Copeland was found guilty of the murders of Andrea Dykes, John Light and Nik Moore.   (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)
Metropolitan police issued photograph of David Copeland. 30/6/00. (Photo by PA Images via Getty Images)

It is thought that she named her three-year-old son Montague George Hector Horner in a tribute to the singer.

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