Saturday 17 August 2019

Mel B admits it was ‘awkward’ with Geri after one-night stand claims

The singer had told Piers Morgan’s Life Stories that the pair spent the night together at the height of their fame.

Melanie Brown and Geri Horner (Ian West/PA)
Melanie Brown and Geri Horner (Ian West/PA)

By Laura Harding, PA Senior Entertainment Correspondent

Melanie Brown has admitted things were “awkward” between her and Geri Horner after she claimed she had a one-night stand with her fellow Spice Girl.

Brown said that the pair had slept together at the height of the pop group’s fame in an interview with Piers Morgan for his Life Stories programme.

The singer, known as Mel B, said that she and Horner later “giggled” about their tryst, but Horner later denied her claims, which came just before the group were due to start rehearsals for their reunion tour.

Speaking about the fall-out in an interview with the Mail On Sunday’s Event magazine, she said: “Things got really pumped up in the press and on social media, and yes, it was difficult between Geri and myself for a while.

“I texted her on the night I did the Piers Morgan show and explained what he’d said and how I’d answered and she was fine with it. The problem was it then got hyped up into a much bigger story, and it didn’t help that we were just about to begin rehearsals.

“It was awkward. We hadn’t been back in the situation of being together every single day, being on stage, rehearsing, getting ourselves back into Spice Girls mode, and then all the headlines about our relationship were thrown into the mix, which was pretty bad timing.

“We have all grown up. Geri and I were always the loud, bossy ones, Mel C and Emma were much quieter, but we’ve all changed.

“Mel C is so much more chilled and sorted and knows exactly what she wants, as is Emma.

“Geri is different. She’s married, she’s got kids, she’s not the same outrageous Ginger she used to be. That took a bit of getting used to for me.

“I’ve changed. I’ve been through 10 years of a deeply abusive marriage. I’ve lived a lie for a decade and I’ve come out of it wanting to be so honest and so up front about everything.”

She said the rift with Horner has been resolved and that she was touched when her bandmate apologised for quitting the band in 1998.

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The Spice Girls in concert at Wembley Stadium (Andrew Timms)

She said: “Geri and I are in a good place now. On the last night at Wembley, Geri did something which, I think, meant more to me than any of the other girls.

“She said sorry for leaving the group back in 1998. We had been so close and then she just left and never really said why and never really said sorry until a few weeks ago.

“She gave me a massive hug after she said it and both of us had tears in our eyes because we knew, deep down, it had needed to be said for a long time, something that had rankled between us.”

Brown added she is adamant the reunion will continue, saying: “I don’t want it to end. It was me who spent years and years nagging the rest of them to get back out there.

“Now we’ve done it, and we loved it. I’m going to make sure there will be more.”

She is also determined to convince Victoria Beckham to take part, saying: “Victoria is Victoria. She didn’t want to do it. She missed out.

“But my plan is for all five of us to do Glastonbury next year for the 50th anniversary. I’m in the process of persuading Victoria to do it. And I will make it happen.”

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