Mel C: I actually love being Sporty Spice

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British singer-songwriter Mel C poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London on February 18, 2020. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  NO POSTERS  NO MERCHANDISE NO USE IN PUBLICATIONS DEVOTED TO ARTISTS (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)
Mel C poses on the red carpet on arrival for the BRIT Awards 2020 in London (TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

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?’”

The Spice Girls pose outside the Martinez Hotel in Cannes, during the 50th Cannes Film Festival, to promote their new movie 'Spice the Movie' which will be filmed in London in June.
The Spice Girls pose outside the Martinez Hotel in Cannes, during the 50th Cannes Film Festival

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.

Spice Girls  MGM Hotel  Las Vegas,  NV.  Dec.8,1997  Credit: RTGranitz /MediaPunch/IPX
Spice Girls at MGM Hotel Las Vegas in 1997 (RTGranitz /MediaPunch/IPX

“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.”

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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.

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