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It's been 18 years since the British mega group The Spice Girls released their last studio album Forever. However, the appetite for their spunky brand of "girl power" hasn't died down. The '90s girl group holds a special place in the pop culture universe, and now its five members are looking to reunite for one more go at it.
In light of the global discussions around gender equality and women's empowerment, the band feels inspired to make a return. “The time now feels right to explore some incredible new opportunities together,” they said in a collective statement to Variety. “We all agree that there are many exciting possibilities that will once again embrace the original essence of The Spice Girls, while reinforcing our message of female empowerment for future generations.”
In anticipation of their comeback, Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice), Geri Horner (Ginger Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Melanie Brown (Scary Spice), and Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice) have all been teasing group pictures to signal their impending reunion.
Several of the group's members went off to embark on solo ventures, in and outside of music, after The Spice Girls parted ways. Victoria Beckham (aka Posh Spice) delved into fashion by launching her own clothing line and starting a family with famous soccer player David Beckham. Mel B (aka Scary Spice) dabbled in theater and now stars as a judge on the popular reality show America's Got Talent. Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) went on to launch Kit & Kin, an eco-friendly line of baby products. Melanie C. (Sporty Spice) and Halliwell-Horner (Ginger Spice) branched off to work on solo careers.
The Spice Girls, who scored global hits with "Wannabe" and "2 Become 1," have reunited in the past, once for a greatest hits tour in 2007 and again for a performance at the 2012 London Olympics. Over the years, reunion rumors have popped up and been addressed repeatedly. According to a TMZ article from November 2017, Victoria Beckham showed no interest in the ongoing Spice Girls reunion talks because she wanted to focus on her fashion line.
This time, we're hearing it straight from the source. The group is taking their time and trying to figure out what makes sense. Chisholm told BBC radio, "[Our reunion] is the worst kept secret in showbiz always." She continued, "It was lovely to get together, so we are talking about opportunities, ideas we have for the future... but you know, it's early stages and there's nothing set in stone, there is no big announcement."