She's promoting her first solo album in ten years, but the hosts wanted to know more about the rumoured reunion.
The much-rumoured Spice Girls 20th anniversary reunion might be back on the cards as Geri Halliwell confirmed that the girl group has been in “talks” about getting back together for a brief celebratory tour.
Halliwell, 43, appeared on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ on Tuesday (September 8th) when she was asked whether the group had any plans to mark two decades since their first single and album next year. She responded cautiously, admitting that her band-mates Emma Bunton, Mel B and Mel C had been in preliminary discussions about reuniting (Victoria Beckham is already believed to have turned down the possibility).
However, she didn’t want to get fans’ hopes up unnecessarily as nothing had been set in stone yet. “I think it's really faltering that people are still supportive of the Spice Girls individually and collectively, that's beautiful, it's really nice. It almost feels you know that it [the Spice Girls] belongs to everyone, like a generation.”
Geri Halliwell leaving the ITV studios
Known as ‘Ginger Spice’ when she was in the band, Geri continued: “I think it's one of those things that's been discussed, but until it's concrete I wouldn't announce it.”
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All five of the Spice Girls got together for a massive reunion tour that lasted from 2007 to 2008, and then came together for a one-off performance at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
2016, of course, marks twenty years since their stratospherically successful debut single ‘Wannabe’ and its accompanying album Spice, which is still the best-selling album by a female group in history. When pressed by presenters Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby if there were any details at all, she said: “I think it would be nice to celebrate it in some way. I can say that there's been talks. I think that's fair and honest.”
Before any of that’s done, Halliwell is planning to release her first solo record in a decade, after her third album Passion flopped disastrously in 2005. She attributed her long hiatus to refocussing her energies on being a mother to her daughter Bluebell, now nine years old.
“I wanted to be a mum first and foremost, that's more important I think. But then I thought maybe I could write songs that we can all relate to, I love the creative process, but it's just taken me ages to go through that transition of being that pop star that wears hot pants to grow up a little bit and find that material that really reflects who I am, so I've been working on it for ages.”
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