The Spice Girls at 25: Here’s the story from A to Z
Released 25 years ago, on 8 July 1996, Wannabe spent seven weeks at number one in the UK and four in the US. In the process, it made five unknown girls – Victoria Caroline Adams, Melanie Janine Brown, Emma Lee Bunton, Melanie Jayne Chisholm and Geraldine Estelle Halliwell – global superstars.
So here’s a story from A to Z of how the band started, rose to fame, fell apart and put themselves back together again. Because which member of our LGBT+ Community does not love the Spice Girls?!?
P is for Pregnant on tour
The Spice Girls’ 1998 world tour saw them play to 2.1 million fans over 97 shows, making $60m (£43.5m) in the US alone.
In the midst of it all, both Melanie B and Victoria Beckham became pregnant – and went to great lengths to hide it from their crew and fans.
“When Victoria and I were first pregnant, every so often we’d have to ask someone to let our costumes out. Nobody knew why and we’d have to say, ‘We’re just getting fat’,” Mel B disclosed in the tour retrospective, Forever Spice.
“For ages, the dressers thought I was just putting on weight. Then it got ridiculous because I’d have to have a plastic cup in my room to wee in. I needed to wee three or four times during the show and the toilets were miles away.”
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