Emma Bunton has denied Spice Girls are set to reunite for a tour in 2016 – without Victoria Beckham.
Before the former Spice Girl’s statement, the Sun reported four of the five band members would be getting back together in 2016 for an international tour, to mark their 20th anniversary.
However, on her radio show, Emma Bunton insisted “nothing’s happening at the moment”.
“If anything happens and it’s concrete, and we decide on something, I will let you know,” she said on Heart FM.
Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton were reported to be planning a reunion tour, 20 years after their first hit Wannabe in 1996.
However, tweets on August 7 suggested otherwise.
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Mel C tweeted: “Woke up this morning wondering whether I need to start practising my backflips???!!!”
To which Emma Bunton replied: “Do I need to put my pigtails in?!?!?”
Last week, Mel B told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that “it’s about time” for the group to get back together.
Mel B followed up her comments on Today Show on August 4: “When you say it’s our 20th anniversary coming up, it does make you think, <<Oh, my gosh, it really has been that long>>.
“Hopefully, we’ll gather the troops around, and we’ll get to do something to celebrate it next year. It’s in my plan, I don’t know about anybody else’s.”
The Spice Girls – dubbed Ginger, Posh, Baby, Scary and Sporty – sold more than 75 million records and had nine number one singles, becoming a cultural phenomenon when they emerged on to the pop scene in the 1990s.
Their debut album, Spice, made them the fastest-selling British act since the Beatles.
Geri Halliwell left the group in 1998, amid rumors of a division among the five women. The remaining four continued to perform, but the group eventually split in 2001.
After much speculation they reformed for a 47-date tour in 2007. They performed together again at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
All five embarked on solo careers with mixed results, and have forged careers in TV and radio.
Mel B, a former UK X Factor judge, is currently a judge on America’s Got Talent, while Emma Bunton co-hosts Heart London’s daily breakfast show with Jamie Theakston.
In an excerpt of her new-brand memoir, Giuliana Rancic reveals Jerry O’Connell cheated on her at least two times.
After meeting at the W Hotel in San Diego, Giuliana Rancic and Jerry O’Connell developed a special bond that quickly turned into something romantic.
After a while, Giuliana Rancic found out Jerry O’Connell was cheating on her with Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell.
“I was being two-timed…?” the E! News co-anchor wrote in her new book per Page Six before detailing Jerry O’Connell’s reaction.
“<<Yeah, I know. I’m so sorry. I don’t know what happened.>> He has as much emotion as the customer-service representative who tells you your bags missed the flight.”
Giuliana Rancic proved she was willing to forgive when she gave the relationship a second chance. But when attending Maxim’s 100 Hottest Women Party in 2004, she spotted Jerry O’Connell getting flirty with Rebecca Romijn.
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“Little did I know he was in the VIP area, talking to Rebecca,” Giuliana Rancic dished.
“As a prelude to feeling up Rebecca.”
In a matter of days, Jerry O’Connell stopped taking Giuliana Rancic’s phone calls before she eventually decided to confront him at home.
“Nope. Sorry, homegirl,” Jerry O’Connell said while ending the relationship for good.
“Things change, but you take care, OK?”
For those keeping track, Jerry O’Connell and Rebecca Romijn ended up getting married in 2007. They have three kids together. Giuliana also married Bill Rancic the same year.
Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney’s 32 On-Screen Rejections is available online and in bookstores starting with April 7.
The Spice Girls have reunited to launch Viva Forever!, a new West End musical based on their hit songs.
Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell helped unveil the show at a central London hotel on Tuesday.
“We’re going to be introducing a whole new generation to Girl Power,” Victoria Beckham said.
Written by Jennifer Saunders, the musical explores the “bitter reality of fame” brought by a TV talent show.
Viva Forever! opens at London’s Piccadilly Theatre on 11 December.
The show is the idea of Judy Craymer, producer of Abba musical Mamma Mia!, who described Jennifer Saunders as a “brilliant collaborator”.
“She understands the anxieties in women, the fear of judgment and trepidation that one day they get to a certain age and become invisible,” Judy Craymer said.
The launch event was held in the neo-Gothic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, the location where the Spice Girls filmed the video for their breakthrough hit Wannabe in 1996.
Reunited on the same podium, the five ex-bandmates exchanged banter about Geri Halliwell’s exit from the group at the height of their fame in 1998.
Spice Girls have reunited to launch Viva Forever!, a new West End musical based on their hit songs
“I’ve got to say these girls are amazing and brilliant and loving,” said Geri Halliwell.
“Every time I see them, and I don’t see them that often, independently and collectively they’re really lovely. I’m really grateful to have good friends like this.”
“She’s only saying that because she left,” joked Melanie Chisholm, aka Mel C.
“To have our songs performed night after night in a theatre is an honor for us,” Melanie Chisholm went on.
“My little boy doesn’t know who were are, so I can’t wait for him to see this,” said Emma Bunton.
According to its producers, Viva Forever! is “the story of a beautiful, talented girl and her best friends who get swept up in the obsession of today’s TV celebrity culture”.
Judy Craymer said Saunders’ story would “embrace all generations”.
“We listened to Spice Girls songs for nine months non-stop,” she said.
“Jennifer came up with a heart-warming family story that touches on celebrity today.”
The show, Judy Craymer continued, was “very much about the chaos that a TV talent show can bring on a family and friendship”.
Jennifer Saunders, the writer of TV comedy Absolutely Fabulous, said both she and her daughters had been Spice Girls fans.
“I remember the joy and energy and positivity that they brought, and I wanted to bring that to the story,” she told reporters.
The musical will be directed by Paul Garrington, who has staged international productions of Mamma Mia! and Dirty Dancing.
Viva Forever! is the latest in a line of so-called “jukebox” musicals that use popular songs to score what is often a fresh storyline.
The commercial success of Mamma Mia! has helped fuel dozens of similar shows, such as Jersey Boys – featuring the hits of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons – and the Michael Jackson show Thriller Live.
Mamma Mia!, which opened in 1999, is booking in the West End until April 2013, while We Will Rock You, based on the music of Queen, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Yet other examples of the genre have enjoyed lesser success.
Despite winning an Olivier for best new musical, the Madness-based Our House closed in 2003 after 10 months in the West End.
The opening of Viva Forever! will coincide with that of The Bodyguard, a musical based on the 1992 Whitney Houston film that opens at the Adelphi in December.
The Spice Girls topped the charts in 31 countries with their 1996 debut single Wannabe and went on to sell more than 75 million albums worldwide.
The group created the 1990s mantra “Girl Power” and starred in their own feature film, Spiceworld, in 1997.
The Spice Girls disbanded in 2000 but reformed seven years later for a reunion tour.
Judy Craymer said she was “thrilled” the five had shown “so much encouragement and support” about a musical she insisted was “not a tribute show”.
“The positivity, energy, humor, excitement and friendships that encapsulated the Spice Girls and their songs have inspired the whole creative team,” she added.
Previews of Viva Forever! begin at the Piccadilly on 27 November.
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