Victoria Beckham Confessed To Ellen Why She’ll Never Return To The Stage With The Spice Girls

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The Spice Girls’ run of U.K. stadium shows in the summer of 2019 proved that the pop phenomenon still had girl power in abundance. But some fans believed that the girl group was still missing one vital component. That’s because Victoria Beckham, aka Posh Spice, had decided against rejoining her bandmates for the tour.

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The Spice World – 2019 Tour was announced in November 2018 and tickets for all original six dates were snapped up within minutes of going on sale. The band also had a number of extra shows, including their first Irish gig in more than two decades. Furthermore, the tour would also mark the Spice Girls’ return to the stage – having last performed together at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

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Unlike Geri, Emma and the two Mels, Victoria had no interest in reliving the group’s former glories – reducing the quintet to a quartet. During an appearance on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Mel B revealed that she was hugely disappointed by Posh’s absence. She said, “She’s a bit of a b***h but I love her. I’m gutted she is not going to be there [for the reunion], but [I’m] still holding a candle that she does.”

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But Scary Spice’s optimism proved to be unfounded and Victoria stayed true to her word. Geri, for her part, was less surprised by her former bandmate’s no-show. While speaking to Emma on her Heart radio show, Ginger Spice revealed, “I spoke to her two days ago, before the announcement. And she has said it for years that she just doesn’t want to do it anymore, so we knew that.”

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Mel C even claimed Victoria had never actually been officially asked. She told Heart listeners, “I saw [her] recently and obviously we’ve all been in contact, she is still very much a part of the Spice Girls. She really supports us and we really support her… But she did raise the point that she was never actually asked. We just presumed.” So here’s a closer look at the girlband’s story and the reasoning behind Posh’s absence from their triumphant reunion tour.

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The seeds for the Spice Girls were sown in 1993 when an advertisement was placed in a trade paper. A management company wanted five “lively girls” to form the next big pop group. And auditionees Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown and Victoria Beckham all certainly fitted that bill.

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However, in an early display of girl power, the quintet soon realized that they could do things their own way. After splitting from the company that put them together, the group spent two years attempting to bag a record deal. They eventually signed a contract with Virgin Records and a new manager, Simon Fuller, who would help steer them to fame and fortune beyond their wildest dreams.

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Hitting the U.K. shelves in July 1996, debut single “Wannabe” proved to be the perfect introduction to the group’s natural charisma and sense of camaraderie. It spent an incredible seven weeks at the top spot in their homeland. And by the end of the year it had reached pole position in nearly two dozen other nations.

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The group’s second single, “Say You’ll Be There,” continued their remarkable early success and was followed by a chart-topping debut album, Spice. After scoring the coveted U.K. Christmas number one spot with “2 Become 1,” the girls set their sights on the other side of the Atlantic. Unsurprisingly, American audiences went just as crazy for the Spice Girls as the rest of the world.

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Striking while the iron was hot, the quintet recorded their follow-up album, Spiceworld, in 1997. A colorful movie of the same name also proved to be a success at the box office. But cracks started to show when the group fired Fuller – the man widely regarded as the mastermind behind the Spice Girls’ phenomenal achievements.

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Still, the group continued to score hits around the world and in early 1998 launched their first ever tour, announcing dates in both North America and Europe. But in May that year everything was once again thrown into disarray shortly before the stars were due to depart for the States when Geri Halliwell quit the band.

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The remaining Spice Girls briefly soldiered on; they finished their world tour and scored a third consecutive U.K. Christmas number one with “Goodbye.” But by the following year, the two Melanies and Emma had started to focus on their solo careers. And when they did all return to the fold in late 2000, it was nothing short of a disaster.

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The third studio effort Forever saw the Spice Girls embrace a much cooler R&B inspired-sound produced by the likes of Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis and Rodney Jerkins. However, the record failed to connect with most of their pop-loving fans, and the girls gave up on the project after just one official single. Then in February 2001 the quartet announced that they were going their separate ways.

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All five original members would enjoy solo success in the U.K. In fact, only Victoria failed to reach number one on her own – although her high profile collaboration with the True Steppers went mightily close. However, by the mid-‘00s many of the girls had decided to focus their efforts outside of the pop world.

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Much to everyone’s surprise, the Spice Girls did eventually reconvene for a series of live dates spread across late 2007/early 2008. Their first official compilation album Greatest Hits also hit the shelves, as did a brand new single which alluded to their very first, “Headlines (Friendship Never Ends).” Nevertheless, the reunion proved to be short-lived.

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It would be another four years before the group would be seen performing together. This time round, they stole the show at the London 2012 Summer Olympics’ closing ceremony. That same year, they also announced that a West End musical featuring their music, Viva Forever, would open. But the Jennifer Saunders-penned show lasted just seven months.

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In 2016 Geri, Mel B and Emma briefly toyed with the idea of forming a new musical project. But that was soon abandoned and two years later Mel C agreed to join the trio for a series of U.K. stadium summer dates. Victoria Beckham, however, wasn’t so keen on going down the nostalgia route.

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The artist formerly known as Posh Spice had always struggled to find her place in the pop world. She was the last member to launch a solo career – releasing two-step garage single “Out of Your Mind” in the summer of 2000. And her self-titled debut album – which reportedly cost a whopping $8 million – flopped both commercially and critically.

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Victoria continued to persevere with her pop career  – signing a new deal with Telstar Records and recording a second album inspired by the electropop genre. However, she later abandoned this material altogether to work on a new record with R&B producer Damon Dash. But this also failed to see the light of day.

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Of course, by this point Victoria had become far more renowned for her sense of style and her high-profile private life than her musical talents. She became an even bigger tabloid sensation at the start of 1997 when she began stepping out with Manchester United soccer star David Beckham. And within two years, the A-list pairing had become husband and wife.

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Born in March 1999, the Beckhams’ first son Brooklyn was also in attendance at the wedding that summer. The couple later added to their family unit with the births of Romeo in 2002, Cruz three years later  and Harper in 2011. But it’s Brooklyn who perhaps boasts the most impressive godparents: the legendary Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish and Hollywood star Liz Hurley.

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And contrary to her solo pop ventures, Victoria’s foray into the fashion world has been a resounding success. In 2000 she graced the London Fashion Week catwalk and over the next few years was appointed a Dolce and Gabbana ambassador and the face of Jay-Z’s Rocawear label. Then four years later she designed a line of high end jeans titled VB Rocks for Rock & Republic.

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After serving as fashion editor for the March 2006 edition of Harper’s Bazaar, Victoria set up a new denim label of her own, dvb Style. She also launched the V-Sculpt cosmetics line and over 20 fragrances – the first of which was called Intimately Beckham. And in 2008 Victoria revealed she would be launching a self-titled label which would help cement her status as a fashion designer.

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Within three years of its launch, the Victoria Beckham label was grossing annual sales of approximately $80 million. Although it was originally renowned for its range of dresses, the label soon began producing designer handbags, fragrances and eyewear. And Victoria was recognized for her efforts at the end of 2011 with the British Fashion Awards’ Designer Brand of the Year.

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That same year Belinda White of the Daily Telegraph remarked upon how effortless the star had made the transition from singer to fashion designer. She wrote, “[Victoria] has gathered a significant celebrity following and won over the scathing fashion pack who now clamour for a ticket to her bi-annual show at New York Fashion Week.” Elsewhere, in 2014 The Independent’s Alex Fury also noted how the Victoria Beckham label was far more than just a vanity brand.

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Having worked so hard to build a reputation for herself in the notoriously ruthless fashion industry, it’s perhaps little surprise that Victoria didn’t want to return to her girlband days. Of course, that didn’t stop Ellen DeGeneres from asking the one-time Posh Spice about the group and its stadium tour during an episode of her hit daytime chat show. Luckily, Victoria was more than happy to reveal all.

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When asked by the host whether she would ever join Geri, Emma and the two Mels on stage again, Victoria replied, “I’m still close with the girls. And I was so proud of them and everything they did it was a huge success.” And she wasn’t wrong; the Spice World – 2019 Tour grossed an incredible $78.2 million across just 13 shows.

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However, Victoria certainly has no regrets about her decision not to take part in the phenomenally successful tour. She added, “For me, I loved it when I did it, but I feel like a very different person now. I’ve got four children and I’m really busy doing what I’m doing.”

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But although fashion remains Victoria’s number one concern, she certainly isn’t afraid to embrace her pop star past. She told Ellen, “I’ll always be a Spice Girl. I’ll always be Posh Spice.” And an entertaining TikTok video she filmed with her son Romeo appears to back her claims up.

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The fashion guru was more than happy to discuss the clip on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which warmed the hearts of Spice Girls fans everywhere. In the video, Victoria can be seen busting a few moves to the girl group’s 1997 hit “Spice Up Your Life” alongside her second eldest son Romeo. However the star insists that the impromptu dance wasn’t her idea.

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Victoria claimed that Romeo had asked her to partake in the routine in a bid to increase his followers on the social media site. She told Ellen, “The TikTok! He came home the other day and he said ‘Mom, I’ve just joined TikTok – will you do a dance with me? That’ll get my numbers up!’”

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Of course, Victoria knows all about attracting attention on social media herself. The star has become renowned for a pose in which she points just one leg upwards while lying down. And the star told Ellen it’s become something of an Instagram craze. She said, “People will tag me in pictures of their cats doing it, their dogs doing it, their babies doing it it’s very entertaining.”

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Victoria may have been happy to discuss her son Romeo’s antics, but she was less forthcoming when it came to the subject of her eldest Brooklyn. When asked by Ellen about his inclusion on People magazine’s sexiest men list, the star replied, “I don’t know if I want to know that. I don’t know if I need to know that.”

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Shortly after her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Victoria also shared a festive image on Instagram related to her Spice Girls days. The picture showed a Posh Spice doll placed on top a Christmas tree in the London branch of Victoria Beckham. She captioned it, “You know it is Christmas when Posh Spice gets on the tree at Victoria Beckham Dover St!”

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Victoria had also proven that there were no hard feelings with an Instagram post she uploaded in November 2018. This was on the same day that the Spice Girls launched their stadium tour. Alongside a picture of her four bandmates, Victoria wrote, “Today marks a special day for the girls as they announce the first tour dates since we performed together in 2012!”

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“I won’t be joining my girls on stage again,” continued Victoria. “But being in the Spice Girls was a hugely important part of my life and I wish them so much love and fun as they go back on tour next year. I know they will put on an amazing show and the fantastic fans past and present are going to have a wonderful time!” She then concluded the message with the hashtag #friendshipneverends.

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In July 2019, before her appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Victoria was interviewed by the German edition of Vogue magazine. Inevitably, she was asked about her absence on the Spice Girls’ stadium tour. And the fashion designer stated that she’d thought long and hard about the prospect of rejoining her bandmates before making her decision.

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Victoria revealed, “It took me a lot of courage not to go on tour with the Spice Girls again, but to be the one who says, ‘You know, I’m not doing it because things feel different now than they used to.’ I’d rather concentrate on my family and my company.”

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But would Victoria be welcomed back with open arms should she change her mind? Well, according to Emma, the door is always open for her. In 2019 Baby Spice told The Sun, “If she’d like to join us for a show, that would be amazing. But I’m not sure it’s what she has in mind.” However, Emma also stated, “Having done the stadium tour we felt really strong as a four-piece. That is probably what we will stick to now.”

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So what’s next for the Spice Girls? Well, chances are you might be seeing the group return to the big screen in the near future – albeit in animated form. Paramount Animation president Mireille Soria told The Hollywood Reporter in June 2019 that the company had started work a feature-length cartoon which will portray all five original members as superheroes.

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