Girl bands have been a major staple in our pop music diet for decades. But what happens when everything behind the scenes isn't just about "girl power"? In honor of Spice Girl Melanie Brown's 45's birthday on May 29, 2020, Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at some of the craziest girl group drama in recent music history, starting with Mel B and her fellow British phenomenons! The '90s girl-power supergroup didn't always get along. During an appearance on "Larry King Now," Scary Spice confessed that she and the other ladies "fought like cats and dogs." She also confirmed that the pop group was not the endgame for all of them. "We always knew Victoria [Beckham] was going into fashion, Mel C[hisholm] was going into music, Emma [Bunton] went into radio, and I wanted to do a bit of everything," Mel B explained. Keep reading to catch up on even more girl group drama…
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Bad blood? '90s kids everywhere were heartbroken when the Spice Girls announced some pretty major — and devastating — news: Geri Halliwell was leaving the group. The artist formerly known as Ginger Spice opted to depart in 1998 — while the group was in the middle of a world tour! Two years later, the rest of the pop group went on hiatus. Mel B opened up about that dramatic day on "Larry King Now," explaining, "When Geri left the group, it was bad. She left on my birthday and didn't tell anybody… Just didn't show up. We had the rest of the tour. The American part of the tour." The group eventually got back together in the late '00s, but it wasn't easy to forgive Geri. Mel was bitter "for a long time," she admitted. "I still remind her of it," she added, laughing. "Like, I saw her a couple weeks ago and I said, 'Do you remember when you left on my birthday?'"
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Some of the craziest girl group drama in recent music history? That went down in 2016 when Fifth Harmony — the girl group made up of Camila Cabello, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei, Ally Brooke and Dinah Jane — had a messy split. Harmonizers everywhere were stunned when it was announced that Camila was leaving the fivesome, which was formed on the American version of "The X Factor." "After four and a half years of being together, we have been informed via her representatives that Camila has decided to leave Fifth Harmony. We wish her well," the group wrote on social media, insisting that they would be continuing as a foursome. But was the break really that simple? Keep reading to find out what happened afterward…
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Die-hard Harmonizers might have sensed that the writing was on the wall for Fifth Harmony when member Normani Kordei's distaste for Camila Cabello surfaced during a Facebook Live interview with Galore: She was asked to say something nice about each member and had a tough time coming up with something about Camila. Her ultimate answer? "Very quirky." This angered Camila fans and resulted in Normani quitting Twitter after she received a lot of hate. Aside from the brewing internal strife, Camila also left the stage during a performance a month later citing "anxiety," which was followed by the group canceling a bunch of tour dates. There was clearly trouble in paradise before the December 2016 exit announcement.
Camila Cabello's departure wasn't the only drama to befall Fifth Harmony. Member Lauren Jauregui made headlines in December 2016 — barely a week before Camila left — after she was busted with marijuana at Washington's Dulles International Airport. The singer had a bag of weed in her carry-on, and though rumors swirled that she was arrested, her attorney insisted that she was only given a citation and released on a summons.
When Destiny's Child hit the scene, there were four members: Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1998 to great success, but a year later, there was already a shakeup within the band's lineup. In December 1999, LaTavia and LeToya attempted to split with manager Mathew Knowles — aka Beyonce's dad — after claiming he favored Beyonce and Kelly and kept a disproportionate amount of the band's profits. The result? In 2000, when the music video for the Destiny's Child song "Say My Name" was released, LaTavia and LeToya were in for a surprise: They had been replaced by two new members, Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. That same year, LaTavia and LeToya filed a lawsuit against Beyonce, Kelly and Mathew, claiming a breach of partnership and fiduciary duties. The suit was eventually settled, and LaTavia and LeToya formed a new group called Anjel.
The dramatic dismissal of two members wasn't the only Destiny's Child shakeup. One of the singers who had replaced LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett, Farrah Franklin, left the girl group after just five months. The remaining ladies claimed it was because she missed too many promotional and concert appearances, but Farrah said it was due to her lack of control over any decision-making.
The Pussycat Dolls topped the charts in the '00s, putting out hit after hit and solidifying themselves as one of the bestselling girl groups of all time. But the group, which was comprised of six members — Kimberly Wyatt, Ashley Roberts, Melody Thornton, Nicole Scherzinger, Jessica Sutta and Carmit Bachar — was not without its fair share of scandal behind the scenes. As Nicole (third from right) became more and more like the star of the group, the rest of the ladies felt more and more subordinate. It all came to a head in 2010 when member after member started leaving. The group persevered, with Nicole remaining as the head of the Dolls, but even she ultimately opted to leave in 2010 to pursue a solo career, thus disbanding the Pussycat Dolls.
Rozonda Thomas (Chilli), Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Tionne Watkins (T-Boz) formed the group TLC back in 1991 and rose to fame in the '90s… but it wasn't without some (OK, a lot of) drama along the way! Early that decade, during the group's first tour, T-Boz was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia, leading to the cancellation of many of their concerts. During that same period, Left Eye got involved with Atlanta Falcons football player Andre Rison, which wasn't exactly a match made in heaven. Their dramatic relationship resulted in her lighting his shoes on fire in 1994, which caused his entire house to go up in flames and the singer to be charged with first-degree arson. A year later, the group filed for bankruptcy due in part to debts from Left Eye's insurance payments following the arson incident, T-Boz's medical bills and an unfavorable deal with their management company, Pebbitone, that saw them earning less than $50,000 a year. Aside from those struggles, the group also suffered from infighting. In 2000, Left Eye started making it known that she didn't appreciate only being utilized for short raps on songs and a letter was published by Vibe magazine in which she challenged her fellow members to release solo albums to see whose would do the best. Shortly after that, the women settled their feud — and Left Eye tragically died in a car accident two years later.
The early '00s girl group 3LW was originally comprised of Adrienne Bailon, Kiely Williams and Naturi Naughton. But — like most girl groups before them — they had an inevitable member shakeup. Just before their second album's release, Naturi made waves with her announcement that she was leaving the group. Her reasoning? She fought with Adrienne, Kiely and the group's management. She would later say she was forced out and provided details — like dishing that her exit involved a food fight! The singer explained to MTV News that she was fighting with Kiely's mother, Michelle Williams, before the other girls joined in. "There was an argument between me and Michelle and Kiely and Adrienne are cursing me out, and before I know it, Kiely throws her plate of food all in my face — mashed potatoes, macaroni all in my hair, down my clothes, messing up my 'do! Nobody has the right to hit me. That's not what I'm here for… to be physically abused. So I said, 'Get me a flight back to Newark, New Jersey,' and they wouldn't even help me get a ticket." The other ladies later denied those claims and replaced Naturi with Jessica Benson before eventually disbanding in 2008.
Danity Kane — which was formed on MTV's "Making the Band" reality show and overseen by Sean "Diddy" Combs — was a lesser-known girl group of the '00s made up of Aundrea Fimbres, Dawn Richard, Wanita "D. Woods" Woodgett, Aubrey O'Day and Shannon Bex. The group enjoyed massive success and became the first female group to ever debut their first two albums at the top of the charts. Unfortunately, the ladies feuded massively, with Diddy eventually stepping in and removing Aubrey and Wanita from the band. That first incarnation of the group disbanded in 2009, only to be reincarnated in 2013 by Aubrey, Aundrea, Dawn and Shannon. By the next year, Aundrea left the group, and a few months later after a major recording studio fight went down between Aubrey and Dawn, the group broke up for good.