We're very different speaking to our friends than to our boss, or when we're in school with a teacher. So we used to get a bit rock n' roll, and I would swing my hair around -- I had long hair, but the pony was a piece. I realized quickly that I didn't really like that part of fame. You and Posh aren't part of the buzzed-about albeit mysterious Spice Girls reunion. And Victoria had already bowed out, which we all completely understand. When we first sat down, one of the first things we said was everyone has to be happy and comfortable. I remember you talking openly about suffering from mental health issues during that chaotic time.We are this person, but there's so many versions of us. I forget where we were, but I think it was in Europe. I didn't like being shot by paparazzi or people writing about me. It can raise your profile, it can make you more successful in whatever you do. Of course, if I'd been up to some scandalous behavior, which of course I do on the weekend, then maybe I'd be in the press. But the mundane, daily, "Oh, she's just wearing some type of pants." I don't get that that much. But the four of us, we had fun chatting, and we thought maybe we could do something. Today, we're all parents, we all have lives and partners and careers and everything. I think what happened to us was so unique and it was so amazing, but there's loads of repercussions that come with it. I think it was just my life experience being a bizarre one. I've learned a lot from that and I've learned how to take care of myself now.
One of the songs on the album, as you know, is "Version Of Me," and I thought this is a really good album title. Even so, you seemed pretty reserved compared to like, Geri pinching Prince Charles' bum.
Each record has been me at that moment in time, and this is really an expression of what's going on in my life in the last five years. I also like the thought that we all do this, we all have versions of ourselves. I've never seen photos of you falling out of the club, either. Before we had any sort of plan, we had some meetings.
It’s 18 years later, and Sporty Spice has ditched her rotation of track pants, now gravitating toward Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Alexander Wang, and Balmain. .” Mel C and her fellow Spice Girls are very supportive of each other, despite anything you’ve read in the papers (like, say, Chisholm's thoughts on not joining the partial Spice Girls tour, a.k.a. Yet it’s Sporty Spice’s tracksuit-packed aesthetic that best survived the zenith of Spice Girls fandom, and feels most relevant to this ongoing athleisure moment.
As for other designers she’s into these days, she couldn’t leave off a very important someone. Mel C’s just happy everyone finally came around to her way of thinking. People have realized that being comfortable is really good; I love it,” she said.
And while the Fab Female Five may have dissolved in 2000, she has remained on the pop music grind, emerging as a bonafide solo superstar with her debut LP, later this month.
In anticipation of her imminent return, we spoke to Mel C. And, for the first time, the album wasn't my only focus. It's album time" with back-to-back writing sessions. And actually, I think it's really benefited the record because I never got stale, you know?Do you ever find yourself reminiscing about better days, maybe circa the turn of the 21st century, when towering platform shoes and "Girl Power" and that cheeky band of British lasses, the Spice Girls, were at the heights of their power?Armed with a gilded tooth, tearaway trackies and power pop pipes, Mel C, better known as Sporty Spice, was an integral part of the iconic group.She’s celebrating her seventh solo album, , and she’s Skype-ing with me from London to discuss music, the ‘90s, her personal style, and more.Early on in our chat, I make the mistake of asking her for her star sign.“For me the absolute pinnacle of my Spice existence was being watched by a billion people around the globe belting out ‘Spice up Your Life’ on top of a black cab at the 2012 London Olympics,” she explained. You can earn a fortune being a ‘celebrity’ depending on how much dignity you want to keep in tact,” she said candidly.