Mel B shocked Spice Girls fans when she admitted that she hooked up with Geri Halliwell during the group's superstar peak, but the confession arrived with its share of consequences. In a new interview with Event magazine, the star admitted that things initially became difficult for the pair.
"Things got really pumped up in the press and on social media, and yes, it was difficult between Geri and myself for a while," the 44-year-old confessed. "I texted her on the night I did the Piers Morgan show and explained what he’d said and how I’d answered and she was fine with it. The problem was it then got hyped up into a much bigger story, and it didn’t help that we were just about to begin rehearsals."
"It was awkward," she continued. "We hadn’t been back in the situation of being together every single day, being on stage, rehearsing, getting ourselves back into Spice Girls mode, and then all the headlines about our relationship were thrown into the mix, which was pretty bad timing."
Mel B emphasized that Geri is a different woman nowadays — one that is married, has children and "not the same outrageous Ginger she used to be." "That took a bit of getting used to for me. I’ve changed. I’ve been through ten years of a deeply abusive marriage. I’ve lived a lie for a decade and I’ve come out of it wanting to be so honest and so up front about everything," she said.
Thankfully, the bombshell didn't disrupt the reunion tour too much as the pop collective continued with the comeback project and it even strengthened the bond between Mel and Geri. "Geri and I are in a good place now. On the last night at Wembley, Geri did something which, I think, meant more to me than any of the other girls. She said sorry for leaving the group back in 1998. We had been so close and then she just left and never really said why and never really said sorry until a few weeks ago," Mel B explained. "She gave me a massive hug after she said it and both of us had tears in our eyes because we knew, deep down, it had needed to be said for a long time, something that had rankled between us."
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