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?!?
W is for Wood, Victoria Adams
In early press material for the Spice Girls, Posh Spice is referred to as Victoria Adams Wood – a reference to her first fiancé, a burglar alarm fitter named Mark Wood.
The couple dated for six years, and Mark popped the question in 1994, just after her Spice Girls audition. The other girls quickly helped her realise “it was all a mistake”.
Eventually, she decided the girls were right and they split up the day after her 21st birthday.
“But I didn’t give him the ring back,” she told the Big Breakfast’s Denise Van Outen. “I’ve still got it because it was a wicked ring.”
Two years later, she met David Beckham, they had their first date in Mel C’s flat, and the rest is history.
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