Mel C has finally "embraced" being a Spice Girl.
The 39-year-old singer initially "rebelled" when the five piece group - which also included Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham and Mel B - split in 2000, but has since come to terms with her nickname and her legacy.
"Some people have finally seen there's more to me than Sporty Spice. In my mid-twenties I found it irritating that people never thought I could do anything else. It is my legacy and I'm really proud of it but, after working with the girls, I just wanted to rebel. As the years have gone on, I really embrace being a Spice Girl and I'm really proud. I'll always be Sporty Spice but it's nice to be recognized within the entertainment world for being able to do other things as well."
Although Mel and the girls have gone their separate ways, they try to reunite regularly so their children can spend time together. "We try to see each other as much as we can. Geri and Emma [live nearby] so we tend to see each other more, but whenever Melanie's back in town we hook up. Now Victoria lives here we see her less which is crazy, but she's back in Los Angeles at the moment. We try and get together and get the kids together," she added.
Victoria Beckham has dropped out of the Spice Girls reunion tour. The 90s girl band - also made up of Mel B, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Mel C - were reportedly set to perform a string of concerts in Australia next year and sources had claimed all five members would be involved.
However, Victoria - who has carved out a hugely successful career as a fashion designer - doesn't want to take part and will not be joining them. The mother-of-four's spokesperson told The Sun, "Victoria has no plans to tour with the Spice Girls in 2014. Her future focus concerns her family and fashion business."
However, the four remaining members are still keen to do it and look set to go ahead without Victoria. The girls last performed together as a five-piece at the London 2012 closing ceremony and Mel B said they were keen to go on tour again. "We're always talking about getting together. We always have cups of tea and dinners together. We're all friends at the end of the day," she said.
Before the Olympics the group last performed together in 2008 as part of their comeback tour.
The Spice Girls are better friends now than they've "ever been."
Mel C insists her bandmates Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell and Emma Bunton - who reunited earlier this year to perform at the Olympic Games closing ceremony - are closer than ever before thanks to them becoming "more chilled out" after having kids:
"We're better friends now than we've ever been. We've all grown up, become mums and are more chilled out. We're really grateful for each other because if it weren't for all five of us then we wouldn't have the great lives we have now."
The 38-year-old singer admits it has been a "great year" for the "Wannabe" hitmakers after they got back together for their London 2012 performance, but the brunette star isn't sure whether the girl group will ever play together again. "Yes, and this has been such a great year for us because of our performance at the Olympic closing ceremony. We were reminiscing so much over the old times. I think all of the girls are happy with the direction their careers have taken. I don't know whether we would perform together again," she said when asked about the girls.
The Spice Girls have learned to sort out their problems like "grown-ups."
The "2 Become 1" girl band - made up of Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Melanie C, Emma Bunton and Mel B - recently reunited for a one-off performance at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics and Melanie C says she's glad they no longer argue over petty things: "We've all gone on to have happy, successful lives, we've had our bumps along the way, and of course there's friction at times, because all of us are strong, independent women with opinions. But we've gone through such a lot together and we're all mums now, so disagreements get sorted out like grown-ups."
Mel C has hinted the Spice Girls could perform together again.
The five girls - Mel, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham, Mel B and Emma Bunton - reunited to appear at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony and although it was perceived to be a one-off, the 38-year-old singer isn't so sure.
"It was amazing. We always think, 'That's it, we'll never do anything together again.' But 'never say never' is one of our mottos!" she said.
Mel is still shocked that people are still interested in the group 16 years after they released their debut single "Wannabe." She mused, "People are still intrigued by us but, at the end of the day, we're just five normal girls - even Victoria!"
Mel - who has just released her sixth solo album Stages - loves seeing the girls and she considers the other four members her best friends: "I love them dearly. We're older now and have a lot more respect for each other. We're also appreciative of each other because we know that, without one another, we wouldn't be where we are today."
Mel B wants the Spice Girls to tour together again.
The 90s girl band - made up of Mel, Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Mel C - performed at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics on Sunday night and now "Scary Spice" is keen for them to go on the road again: "We're always talking about getting together. We always have cups of tea and dinners together. We're all friends at the end of the day."
Mel loved being with the girls again and enjoyed spending some quality time together as they rehearsed at the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London. "It was lovely. Those four girls mean everything to me. We had such an amazing time. We were hanging out in the dressing room all day because we had to get there at 10am on Sunday morning. We had a great time ... we were just hanging out, playing music and gossiping with each other. It was a lovely, proper girlie time," she told The Daily Mirror.
Mel wouldn't reveal many details about a possible future reunion but said it was on their agenda. "We haven't had any actual conversations except raving about the Olympics so far, but yeah ... we'll see," she said.
The Spice Girls reunited to perform at the Closing Ceremony of the London Olympics tonight.
The 90s girl band - made up of Victoria Beckham, Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Emma Bunton and Mel C - arrived individually on the top of five London taxis while belting out their hits "Wannabe" and "Spice Up Your Life" in the Olympic Stadium in Stratford, east London.
Geri Halliwell thinks Victoria Beckham has "lost" the spirit of the Spice Girls.
The group - made up of Victoria, Geri, Mel B, Emma Bunton and Mel C - are all expected to be on stage for the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games in August, but a close friend of Geri has claimed she does not believe her and Victoria will remain in touch after the event. "After the Olympics I can't even imagine even talking to her again, let alone being on a stage with her. Mel B was right; she has lost the spirit of the band," a source said.
Geri Halliwell, formerly known as Ginger Spice of the Spice Girls, is reportedly back in the recording studio.
The source of this juicy gossip is pretty ironclad - Halliwell posted the info herself on her official Web site.
A recent message reads: “And guess what, I’m back in the studio…which I’m really enjoying.”
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Mel B says the Spice Girls are planning an “exciting” reunion.
The 34-year-old singer has revealed the girl group - also consisting of Emma Bunton, Victoria Beckham, Mel C and Geri Halliwell - are ecstatic to be working on the comeback project.
“We are definitely going to be doing something together again soon. We’re actually working on it right now. I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but it’s really, really exciting. I can’t wait to be singing with the girls again!” she told BANG Showbiz. However, Scary Spice has refused to give extra further details of their reunion.
The pop star - who appeared on the fifth season of Dancing with the Stars - added: “I really don’t want to say too much just yet.”
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