Victoria Beckham said she was “never actually asked” to join the Spice Girls comeback, her ex-bandmate Mel C has revealed.
Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown (Mel B), Geri Horner and Emma Bunton are preparing for a UK stadium tour next June without Beckham.
Chisholm told The Jonathan Ross Show: “I saw Victoria recently and obviously we’ve all been in contact. But she did raise the point that she was never actually asked. We just presumed.”
Horner added: “I spoke to her before the announcement and she has said it for years that she just doesn’t want to do it anymore, so we knew that.”
Bunton said they did ask Beckham, and Ginger Spice Horner said the “door is open”.
“She was busy with her fashion and she has moved on. She has been a huge part of our lives and we care about her, so it’s all good,” Horner said.
When Ross asked if it was true that Beckham did not enjoy the performing side of being in the band, Horner admitted: “No [she didn’t] and you don’t want to make somebody do something they don’t want to do.”
Chisholm denied she demanded the rest of the group have vocal training before their comeback and said her codeword for the comeback, before it was publicly announced, was cucumber.
Horner did not rule out releasing new music, saying: “I think it’s got to be an organic process. First things first, get out there and sing the hits. If something else happened, that’s great.”
She denied the band were getting back together for the money, saying: “We are doing it wholeheartedly, we can honestly say for each other, because it’s a bit of fun but also for the fans.”
Asked if her comments about getting back together before it was confirmed caused problems, recently divorced Brown joked: “They felt sorry for me, they were like, ‘let’s not have a go at her’.”
Asked if Horner might cover up more now she is older, Brown revealed: “She still walks around naked in the dressing room.”
“In pants,” Horner confirmed. The Jonathan Ross Show airs tomorrow at 10.05pm on ITV.