Love is about to spice up your life with an exclusive essay written by Melanie C., a.k.a. Sporty Spice, who’s prepping to release an album of her own after five years off the circuit. The singer reflects on how much the music biz has changed and how different the world was when we weren’t consumed by social media. She also discusses her relationship with fame and how she will be be a Spice Girl “until she dies,” and puts those reunion rumors to rest.
The letter opens like this: “It’s me, Sporty – the one who did the back flips, has the nineties tats and wore the trackies.” Below are some of our favorite excerpts.
On her struggle being in the public eye: “After 20 years, motherhood, and lots of therapy I’m more at peace with the reality of achieving my childhood ambition. You’re not going to get me complaining about my life – it’s brilliant. I know some people complain about the attention – but I wanted to be famous from the start. Like the rest of the Spice Girls I learnt very early on that you can’t take one slice of the pie when it comes to fame. You have to eat the whole thing.”
On The Spice Girls reunion rumors: “Look, I will be a Spice Girl until I die. But the continuous speculation on whether we will reform to celebrate 20 years of ‘Wannabe’ has been particularly exhausting. Don’t get me wrong – I totally get it. But is it a new rule that bands have to reform? Why can’t we just be remembered for our incredible achievements in the nineties?”
She continues…: “Truth be told, earlier this year after several face-to-face meetings with the girls I made the difficult decision not to be part of a proposed reunion with Emma, Geri and Melanie. Victoria had already bowed out understandably with the demands of her fashion label and her rather large family. The hardest part for me was letting people down, the girls, the fans, civilisation?! Unfortunately something didn’t feel quite right and I had to follow my gut.”
The letter is accompanied by a photo spread shot by Thurstan Redding, with fashion editing by Oliver Volquardsen, creative direction by Harriet Verney, hair by Jon De Francesco, and makeup by Danielle Kahlani.
Click here to read the complete letter.