Posh too 'petrified' of performing to join Spice Girls reunion

Danny Thompson
British singer and fashion designer Victoria Beckham attends the official opening ceremony for the National Museum of Qatar, in the capital Doha on March 27, 2019. (Photo credit: KARIM JAAFAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Victoria Beckham will not be taking part in this year’s Spice Girls reunion tour, as performing live ‘petrifies her’, according to one of her former bandmates.

Posh, aged 44, declined to be involved in the group’s first tour since 2008, having last sang with the group at the London Olympics in 2012.

Her old bandmate Melanie Chisholm, revealed to Jay Rayner on the Out to Lunch podcast:

“We’re sad Victoria won’t be joining us, but we are genuinely very supportive. We understand. We knew the Olympics was hard for her. She has moved on, her life has changed.

Spice Girls (left to right) Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton and Geri Horner will reunite for a tour later this year (Matt Crossick/PA)

“She doesn’t have that love of performing. It completely petrifies her. She puts her heart and soul into her business. To step away from that would be difficult.”

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Victoria Beckham, Mel C, Emma Bunton, geri Halliwell and Mel B from The Spice Girls National TV Awards, BBC, London, October 1, 1996 (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)

When asked during an interview with the Guardian in January if there were plans to make a surprise cameo appearance, Victoria said: “No. Definitely not. What I do now is my passion and a full-time job.

“I’m excited to see it, though. And I’m sure when I’m there and they are on stage, there will be a part of me that feels a bit left out. Because even after all this, a part of me will always be a Spice Girl.”

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Talking to the Guardian last weekend, Emma Bunton said of Victoria not joining the reunion: “I think we knew that the Olympics was the last time we’d all perform together.

“In every chat we’ve had, Victoria’s always like: ‘I’m here, I’m with you, but I can’t do it.’ We feel strong as a four-piece now.”

Another Spice Girls story made headlines earlier this week, when Mel B revealed to Piers Morgan she once had a fling with fellow group member Geri Horner.

In November, the group announced they would play a UK stadium tour in June 2019, with only four members of the band taking part.