Ready for a trip down memory lane? On May 24, 2019, the Spice Girls will be going on tour for the first time in 11 years, giving us more Sporty, Baby, Scary and Ginger Spice to enjoy (Posh is opting out this time around). In honor of their tour kickoff, Wonderwall.com is taking a look at how the lives of the beloved British vocal group's members have changed over the last two decades. Keep reading to learn more about the pop stars who know what we want (what we really, really want)…
Geri Halliwell (seen here in 1997) earned the nickname Ginger Spice when she started performing with the Spice Girls. Geri's nickname was a play on her gorgeous red hair and spicy nature. She was the first to leave the group, calling it quits in 1998 due to personality conflicts and frustration with their management team.
Geri Halliwell (who now goes by her married name, Geri Horner) released her debut solo album, "Schizophonic," in 1999 — a year after leaving the Spice Girls. It was considered a success and reached No. 4 on the U.K. charts. Geri also released the memoir "If Only" that same year, opening the door to future publications including 2002's follow-up autobiography, "Just for the Record," and her 2008 children's book series, "Ugenia Lavender." Geri released two more solo albums but took a break from music in 2006 to give birth to her daughter, Bluebell Madonna Halliwell (seen here with her mom in 2017). Bluebell's father is screenwriter and director Sacha Gervasi, whom Geri previously dated. Just a year later, Geri reunited with the Spice Girls for their successful 2007 world tour. For a while, it seemed as if Geri was poised to release a fourth album, but instead, she shelved the work and moved in a different direction. Along with publishing books and raising a daughter, Geri started her own swimwear apparel line, Geri by Next, and appeared as a judge on "The X-Factor U.K." and "Australia's Got Talent." In 2018, she began serving as a judge on the BBC One talent show "All Together Now." Geri married Formula One racing mogul Christian Horner in 2015. They welcomed son Montague two years later in early 2017 — the same year Geri publicly apologized to her fans via Twitter for leaving the Spice Girls in '98.
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Melanie Chisholm aka Mel C (seen here in London in 1997) has long been known as Sporty Spice thanks to her love of comfy, athletic tracksuits.
Melanie Chisholm (who now goes by the name Melanie C) never left music behind. As her days with the Spice Girls came to an end, Melanie was quick to get moving on her debut solo album, "Northern Star," which reached No. 4 in the U.K. Since then, she's gone on to release an impressive six more albums including "Version of Me" in 2016. In 2004, Melanie took her music career into her own hands by cutting ties with Virgin and forming her own label, Red Girl Records. Since 2005, all of her music has been released through her label. In 2009, she gave birth to daughter Scarlet Star with long-term boyfriend Thomas Star. That same year, she also made her theater debut as Mrs. Johnstone in "Blood Brothers." Her performance was widely praised and she was later nominated for an Olivier Award, Britain's version of Broadway's Tony Awards. In 2012, Melanie parted ways with Thomas while continuing to focus on her music. In 2016, shortly before the release of her seventh album, it was reported that she'd found love again with single dad Joe Marshall. Melanie spent most of 2018 writing and recording songs for her next two albums, along with touring and performing on the "Melanie C Asia Tour 2018."
Emma Bunton (seen here in London in 1997) was called Baby Spice when she started performing with the Spice Girls. She was its youngest member who often highlighted her doll-like features and innocent, playful personality.
After leaving the Spice Girls in 1999, Emma Bunton stayed with Virgin to begin recording her debut solo album. While working on new music, Emma met former R&B singer Jade Jones. The two became an item in 2000 and have remained together ever since (although they've never officially tied the knot). In 2001, Emma's first solo album, "A Girl Like Me," hit the airwaves with nominal success. Although it reached No. 4 on the U.K. charts, low record sales made it commercially unsuccessful. Emma left Virgin and signed with Universal to work on her sophomore album, "Free Me." From 2003 to 2012, she had a recurring role on the hit comedy "Absolutely Fabulous" (which led to her cameo in the 2016 "Ab-Fab" movie) as well as roles on "The X-Factor" (where she served as both a judge and guest mentor). By 2006, Emma had released her third album, "Life in Mono," which peaked at No. 65 on the charts. In 2007, Emma and Jade (who'd trained to become a chef) welcomed their first child, Beau, who was followed by Tate in 2011. Aside from the reunion tour with the Spice Girls in 2007 and a 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony performance, Emma primarily stuck to working on TV instead of music. However, in 2018, she announced that she'd started recording new music for the first time years. Emma released a new album, "My Happy Place," in April 2019.
Melanie Brown aka Mel B (seen here in 1997) was known as Scary Spice when she started performing with the Spice Girls — a nickname she earned by being boisterous and loud.
Following the group's breakup in 1999, Mel B (aka Melanie Brown) ventured out on her own and released two albums: 2000's "Hot," which produced three singles (although it didn't perform well on the charts), and 2005's "L.A. State of Mind," which was widely considered a flop. Although Mel found professional success — she hosted "This is My Moment" and "Top of the Pops," competed on Season 5 of "Dancing With the Stars" in 2007 and started judging "America's Got Talent" in 2013 — she hasn't been as fortunate in love. Her first marriage, to Dutch dancer Jimmy Gulzar (the father of her daughter Phoenix Chi), lasted from 1998 to 2000. In 2006, Mel had a relationship with comedian Eddie Murphy that resulted in the birth of her second child, Angel, in 2007. Eddie famously denied paternity at first, causing a media frenzy that threatened to overshadow the exciting news of a Spice Girls reunion tour that same year (and for the record, yes, he's Angel's dad). The same year, Mel married Stephen Belafonte and in 2011 gave birth to their daughter, Madison. But their relationship came to an explosive end in 2017: Mel filed for divorce, claimed Stephen had been verbally and physically abusive and alleged that he drugged her throughout their marriage and impregnated their nanny, leading to a bitter public divorce battle and settlement with the nanny, who denied the claims. (Stephen also denied Mel's abuse claims; reports have suggested the exes had a wild but consensual sex life.) In 2017 landed a voice role in the animated comedy "Blazing Samurai." In 2018, she served as a frequent guest panelist on "Loose Women" and released "Brutally Honest," a memoir chronicling everything from a suicide attempt to her drug use. In 2019, she left "AGT."
Victoria Beckham (seen here in 1997) was known as Victoria Adams until her marriage to British soccer star David Beckham in 1999. Her nickname, Posh Spice, was due to her sophisticated look while performing with the Spice Girls.
After marrying now-retired soccer legend David Beckham in 1999 just four months after giving birth to their first child, Brooklyn Beckham, it seemed like the possibilities were endless for beautiful, stylish Victoria Beckham. Like the rest of the Spice Girls, Victoria stayed on with Virgin Records to launch her solo career. Her self-titled debut album dropped late in 2001 but failed to catch on with fans. The lack of musical success was a blessing in disguise, however, because it pushed her toward her true love — fashion. In 2003, just a year after giving birth to second son Romeo Beckham, Victoria became the face of Rocawear and the British ambassador for elite fashion label Dolce & Gabbana. In 2004, she got her first chance as a fashion designer when she launched a limited-edition high-end denim line called VB Rocks for Rock & Republic. In 2005, she gave birth to third son Cruz Beckham and just a year later, she launched the fashion label dvb Style. In 2007, along with reuniting with the Spice Girls for a world tour, she saw her denim and sunglasses line arrive at Saks Fifth Avenue. In 2008, she showed her first eponymous clothing collection at New York Fashion Week and in 2011 — the year she welcomed fourth child Harper Beckham — she launched a diffusion label. Due to her busy life as a mom and fashion mogul, Victoria has said she won't be joining the Spice Girls on their 2019 tour.