Why Spice Girls reunion 'didn't feel quite right' for Mel C
Melanie Chisholm has said it was a "difficult decision" not to join the Spice Girls reunion - but "something didn't feel quite right and I had to follow my gut".
Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Melanie Brown have been dropping big hints that they will reunite.
But now Sporty Spice has revealed, in a piece she penned for Love magazine, why she will not join her former bandmates on stage.
Chisholm said she will be a "Spice Girl until I die" but that the endless fascination with whether the band will get back together, to celebrate 20 years of their debut single Wannabe, has been "exhausting".
The band reached "a peak" with the 2012 London Olympics, when they sang Spice Up Your Life on top of black cabs, she said, adding: "There's a lot to be said for bowing out on a high note."
"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 wrote.
"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 Beckham had already turned the reunion down, she said, because she was busy with her fashion label and her 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.
"I'd love to play huge arenas across the world, sing our brilliantly bonkers pop songs and relive our former glory. It is of course a very lucrative opportunity too. But we were a five-piece band."
Chisholm wrote in the magazine: "Anything less than the full line-up just didn't feel like we'd be doing justice to the band or the fans."
She said that while there will also be "hurdles with friendship", she and her ex-bandmates "have a very unique bond ... and I will continue to support them all as much as I can".
Chisholm also criticised modern celebrity culture, saying: " Wanting to be famous just to be famous without talent? ... It's like going for a burger but only eating the bun - you're missing the best part."
Bunton, Halliwell and Brown previously hinted at the prospect of a reunion gig in July next year in Hyde Park, releasing a video saying: "We hope to tell you soon what you want, what you really, really want."
And Bunton recently admitted that she wanted a Spice Girls reunion, saying: "There's nothing set in stone. I personally think we should do something. It would be lovely.
"I think we need a Posh."