Spice Girls reunion reports played down by Emma Bunton

Posted on August 7, 2015


The most successful girl band in history reportedly to re-form for tour – without Victoria Beckham – but Bunton says no concrete plan yet

by Alex JS, editing by Adam MS

Emma Bunton has played down a report of a Spice Girls reunion, saying no concrete plans have been decided. The most successful girl band in history are reportedly set to reunite without Victoria Beckham.

Bunton was responding to a report by the Sun newspaper on Friday that she would be reuniting with Geri Halliwell, Mel C and Mel B but not Victoria Beckham for an international tour next year.

“If anything happens and it’s concrete, and we decide on something, I will let you know, but nothing’s happening at the moment,” she told listeners to her Heart London breakfast radio show.

However, Bunton also posted a more equivocal, teasing message on Twitter, asking: “Do I need to put my pigtails in?!?!?”

Bunton was responding to Mel C, who tweeted: “Woke up this morning wondering whether I need to start practising my backflips???!!!”

However, Dan Wootton, the Sun’s Bizarre columnist and head of showbiz, is standing by his story, tweeting that Bunton did not deny the report: “But no official announcement will come until later this year.”

2016 will see the 20th anniversary of the band’s debut single, Wannabe, which was released in 1996 and catapulted the five-piece to global stardom.

Beckham, who was known as Posh Spice, posted a picture of an official Spice Girls photo album on Twitter, including the hashtag #TBT which stands for “Throwback Thursday” and is used when people post old photos on social media.

She wrote: “love my Spice Girls.”

Together Ginger, Posh, Baby, Scary and Sporty sold more than 75m records and had nine No 1s. Their debut album, Spice, made them the fastest-selling British act since the Beatles.

The group were introduced to royalty, photographed with Nelson Mandela and performed with opera singer Luciano Pavarotti. But despite their rapid rise to success, relations within the group became increasingly fractious.

Halliwell quit the band in 1998. The group continued as a quartet for a time but by 2001 they had dissolved and were working on their solo careers.

After much speculation they re-formed for a money-spinning 47-date tour which began in 2007. As it closed, the Spice Girls acknowledged there would be no more.

But the quintet briefly reunited to perform together again at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. They also gathered together to launch a stage musical inspired by their songs called Viva Forever.