Sporty Spice insists she doesn’t miss her fellow Spice Girls
“I don’t miss having bandmates,” says the Liverpudlian, adding that the reason she recently turned down a tour was because she doesn’t want the additional scrutiny that comes from being part of a group.
“There were times in the band that were really tough. We were tough on each other. It was big pressure – much higher profile than being on my own. I was very conscious about what I would say [when in the group] but other people would say stuff that would reflect on you.
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“I don’t want to report back to three other girls on how long we’re spending in another country. When I went solo, it was such a revelation to be in control of my destiny.”
The 43-year-old also admits the level of publicity she received as part of the record breaking girl band, who coined the phrase “Girl Power” and sold 80 million records globally, was uncomfortable and not something she wants to go through again.
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The Spice Girls recently celebrated 20 years since first single Wannabe was released. Now Five has become three, as Geri, Emma & Mel B return to the studio as 'GEM'.
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The Spice Girls at the Viva Forever press launch in 2012
“It’s the same reason I wouldn’t want to do Strictly Come Dancing,” she adds.
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“I don’t want to make headline news every day. When you go into that world, it’s asking for it.”
Mum-of-one Mel has seven-year-old daughter Scarlett with property developer ex Thomas Starr.
Last year it was reported that she was considering taking legal action against Emma Bunton, Mel B and Geri Horner after they spoke of forming a trio under the name Spice Girls GEM.
It’s alleged that Mel didn’t approve of them using the band’s original name without her or Victoria Beckham, who has also rejected offers of a reunion.
Naomi Campbell preferred the music of Boy George when growing up
Naomi split over Georges
Growing up, Naomi Campbell was hardly a model of good manners when it came to the late George Michael – because she preferred the music of Boy George.
“I used to throw eggs at his van because I was a big Culture Club fan. I was in two of their videos,” she says.
But following a chance meeting in a nightclub in LA, Naomi, 46, adds the Faith singer convinced her and supermodel pals Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Linda Evangelista to star in his Freedom ’90! video – the rest is history.
“He came up to me at this club and said, ‘The girls are holding out on me and I heard you were the leader.’ I told him, ‘I want two Concorde tickets’ and he said, ‘Is that it?’”
The Grammy Awards will honour Prince and George Michael
Tribute to fallen stars
The ceremony will have special memorial segments for each of the musicians. Grammy boss Neil Portnow says: “The passing of two such creative innovators was a huge loss for the creative community.
The Recording Academy is humbled to pay homage to their tremendous legacies .” In his career Prince, who died last April at 57 from an accidental prescription drug overdose, won seven Grammys while George, who died at 53 from heart failure on Christmas Day, picked up two.
Heidi Klum and Adriana Lima at the amfAR Gala in New York
Proving practice makes perfect models Heidi Klum and Adriana Lima struck a flawless pose for the cameras at the amfAR Gala in New York.
Former Victoria Secret’s Angel Adriana, 35, went for a rather risky ensemble of a sheer black dress with a large cut at the front, which left little to the imagination, while mum-of-four Heidi, 43, was understandably a tad more conservative in a black gown with orange, purple and sequin cutout appliqués.
They shared a table with fellow model Alessandra Ambrosio, designer Donatella Versace and actress daughter of Lenny, Zoe Kravitz.
The annual Aids fundraiser is considered to be the unoffi cial start of New York Fashion week, drawing the biggest stars in acting, fashion and music.