Spice Girls reunion: What they've said about reforming as Mel B teases big news

Will the Wannabe singers ever reunite on stage again?

Mel B hinted that the Spice Girls will reunite. (Getty Images)
Mel B hinted that the Spice Girls will reunite. (Getty Images)

Mel B has hinted that the Spice Girls — including Victoria Beckham — will reunite for a secret project.

Fans of the Wannabe singers have been desperate to see them back together for years, but when the group reformed for a string of shows in 2019 Beckham did not take part.

However, according to Mel, something is now in the pipeline.

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She told The Sun: “My theory is that if I say it enough, it will happen. But actually we are planning on releasing a statement.

“What that is, I can't say right now because we're just finishing off perfecting what we're going to be doing together, all five of us, but it's going to be something that the fans are really going to love.”

Victoria Beckham is apparently on board for the project. (AP)
Victoria Beckham is apparently on board for the project. (AP)

Mel, aka Scary Spice, said the stars – which also includes Geri Horner, Mel C and Emma Bunton – have always been in contact and have a group WhatsApp, but that so far things have been about “timing” for designer Beckham.

And it seems the time is finally right, as the star promised “there should be an announcement pretty soon”.

When did the Spice Girls split?

British all-girl singing group the Spice Girls at the Brit Awards, where they won in the Best Video and Best Single categories, 24th February 1997. Left to right; Mel C, Emma Bunton, Mel B, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Adams (later Beckham), aka. Sporty, Baby, Scary, Ginger and Posh, respectively. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)
Spice Girls at the 1997 Brit Awards, where they won in the Best Video and Best Single categories. (Dave Benett/Getty Images)

The Spice Girls made a huge splash in the 90s with their bold brand of Girl Power and had a string of hits including Wannabe, 2 Become 1 and Say You’ll Be There.

They were a major part of the Cool Britannia era and sold millions of records, becoming the best-selling girl group of all time.

Spice Girls (from left) Mel G, Victoria Beckham, Mel C and Emma Bunton, during a photocall in London, where they launched their book 'Forever Spice'.   (Photo by John Stillwell - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Spice Girls in 1999 (from left) Mel G, Victoria Beckham, Mel C and Emma Bunton when they launched their book 'Forever Spice'. (Getty Images)

The girls were flying high but it all came crashing down in 1998 when Ginger Spice Geri announced that she was quitting, citing exhaustion and saying she needed a break.

She got to work on her solo career while the other four band members released songs including Goodbye and Viva Forever.

But in 2000 the group announced they were going on an indefinite hiatus.

Have they reunited since?

LONDON - JUNE 28:  (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME)  The Spice Girls members (L-R) Victoria Beckham, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Melanie Brown pose for a photocall ahead of their news conference held at the O2 Arena, at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park on June 28, 2007 in London, England.  (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)
The Spice Girls announcing their 2007 reunion. (Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

All five singers reunited in 2007 for a string of shows: The Return of the Spice Girls Tour. It ran for 45 shows from December 2007 to February 2008, including a 17-night sellout run at the O2 arena.

Then in 2012 they got together again to perform at the closing ceremony of the London Olympics.

The stars sent the crowd wild as they pulled up in a line of black cabs, each decorated to reflect their Spice persona.

British band 'The Spice Girls' perform during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
The Spice Girls reunited at the London Olympics. (AP)
Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice) performs with the Spice Girls during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Victoria Beckham during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympic. (AP)

Beckham later said on Instagram that the performance – which included a medley of Wannabe and Spice Up Your Life – was “one of my proudest Spice Girls moments”.

Glastonbury rumours

Rumours of a Glastonbury performance have been swirling for years, with both Mels dropping hints about it. But so far it hasn’t happened.

Mel C told The Guardian this year that it was definitely something they wanted but that it wasn’t part of “the current plan”.

Melanie C plays a DJ set in the William's Green tent during the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm in Somerset. Picture date: Thursday June 23, 2022. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
Melanie C played a DJ set at Glastonbury in 2022. (Getty Images)

“It’s the question I hate the most, because the answer is as disappointing to me as it is to Spice Girls fans,” she said.

“We would love to do Glasto. It just doesn’t fit with the current plan with the girls. We do want to get back on stage – everything is up in the air.”

However, Mel B seems to be determined to tick the festival off her Spice Girls bucket list.

During a recent chat on The Big Narstie Show she was asked if the group would be on the bill and replied: "Yes, I think so! But I’ve got to convince the four b****** to do it with me!”

What happened with the 2019 comeback shows?

DUBLIN, IRELAND - MAY 24: Mel B, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Melanie C of The Spice Girls perform on the first night of the bands tour at Croke Park on May 24, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
The Spice Girls perform on their 2019 tour. (Getty)

In 2019 the group got back together for a stadium tour — Spice World — but Beckham turned down the chance to join them.

Fans were disappointed that Posh wasn’t at the gigs but the tour was still a massive hit, reportedly raking in more than £60 million in ticket sales.

The Daily Mail reported that Beckham later opened up about her decision in an interview with Vogue Germany, saying it took “a lot of courage” for her to say ‘no’ .

She said: “For example, it took me a lot of courage not to go on tour with the Spice Girls again, but to be the one who says, ‘You know, I'm not doing it because things feel different now than they used to. I'd rather concentrate on my family and my company’.”

What has Beckham said about reunion rumours?

Victoria Beckham on Watch What Happens Live. (Getty)
Victoria Beckham on Watch What Happens Live. (Getty)

Beckham appeared to pour cold water on the idea of a Spice Girls reunion as recently as October last year.

The mum-of-four was quizzed about it on US show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen amid speculation about the possible Glasto gig.

But she suggested it was unlikely as she was so busy with her children and her fashion and beauty lines.

"I love the girls,” she said. “I really, really enjoy singing Spice Girls when I’m doing karaoke, but I think I’d better leave it there.”

Could Spice World 2 be on the cards?

If Mel B’s hint isn’t about a musical performance, could a Spice World sequel be on the cards?

The film was unveiled in 1997 and there has been a lot of chat about whether the singers would get together for a follow up.

Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Victoria Adams & Melanie Chisholm Poster Film: Spice World; Spice World: The Movie; Spiceworld (UK 1997) Characters: Emma - Baby Spice,Geri - Ginger Spice (as Geraldine Halliwell),Melanie B - Scary Spice, &  Director: Bob Spiers 15 December 1997   **WARNING** This Photograph is for editorial use only and is the copyright of SPICE PRODUCTIONS and/or the Photographer assigned by the Film or Production Company and can only be reproduced by publications in conjunction with the promotion of the above Film. A Mandatory Credit To SPICE PRODUCTIONS is requir
Spice World was released in 1997. (SPICE PRODUCTIONS)

However, when there was a big buzz about it a couple of years ago, Beckham seemed to suggest she didn’t know anything about it.

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According to Metro, she shared a story online about the movie rumours as she asked: “Has someone got something to tell me?!”

Spice Girls animated movie

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JUNE 03:  (L to R) Co-founder of 19 Entertainment and creator of the
Simon Fuller, David Beckham and Victoria Beckham in 2005. (Getty Images for AEG)

In 2019, it was announced that an animated Spice Girls movie was in development at Paramount. The film, which was to be produced by music mogul Simon Fuller, was said to feature the voices of all five Spice Girls, and would see the band becoming superheroes.

Read more: ‘Spice Girls’ Movie in the Works as Paramount Unveils Animation Slate (The Hollywood Reporter)

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Animation president Mireille Soria said the Spice Girls “had an idea that we’ve been developing. They are very involved.”

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