Mel C has said she loves being Sporty Spice and that the character is a “huge part” of her.
The singer, 46, shot to fame alongside Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Geri Horner and Emma Bunton in the Spice Girls in the 90s, but has previously talked of feeling pressure to be perfect and to fit in to the Sporty character.
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Earlier this year she revealed on Desert Island Discs that she had battled eating disorders and said: “I read about myself and wondered who that person was. We were in our early 20s, so I was kind of wondering, ‘Who am I?’”
However, Mel has now said that reuniting with the Girl Power group for a stadium tour in 2019 gave her a chance to “revisit” who she was as a Spice Girl.
She told the Evening Standard: “I came full circle and realised that I have to accept every aspect of myself.
“I actually love being Sporty Spice - it’s a huge part of me.”
The singer also opened up about the group’s rise to fame after they hit the big time with the song Wannabe in 1996.
“When you’re young, if you’re lucky enough to have that level of success, the workload is insane,” she said. “You don’t know your a*** from your elbow. It is literally survival mode.”
Mel, who has enjoyed a solo career since the singers parted, also said she believes the stresses and strains of fame are “easier” to cope with in a group.