Mel B says admitting to having sex with Geri Horner made rehearsals for the Spice Girls’ reunion tour “awkward”.
The ‘Wannabe’ hitmaker claimed to have had a “one-time” fling with Geri – who is now married to Christian Horner – 20 years ago during a tell-all interview with Piers Morgan on his ‘Life Stories’ show earlier this year.
And she’s now said that although she ran the story past Geri beforehand, news of the alleged romp still made things slightly tense between the girls when it came to rehearsing for their recent string of reunion shows.
Mel said: “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.”
The 44-year-old star says that because she and her bandmates – including Geri, Mel C, and Emma Bunton, as well as Victoria Beckham, who didn’t take part in the reunion – have “grown-up”, the historic tale didn’t go down as well as it would have if they were still as “outrageous” as they used to be.
She added: “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.”
But Mel insists she’s “changed” too, as after divorcing Stephen Belafonte – whom she accused of being physically and emotionally abusive – she now wants to be “upfront” about her life.
Speaking to the Mail on Sunday’s Event magazine, she said: “I’ve changed. I’ve been through ten 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 upfront about everything.”
When Mel made her confession earlier this year, she insisted the romp would never “happen again”, as they realized it wasn’t for them.