As a member of the Spice Girls, Melanie Chisholm was single, and that was hardly an accident.
In a chat with Australia's The Project, the singer said she was not allowed to date while part of the influential Girl Power squad, but the other members — Mel B, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham— were free to have boyfriends.
"Looking back what struck me was it was one rule for one and another for the others, right?" she said. "I think when you are vulnerable as well, people go, I don't think it's good for you."
The rule for the other women, she said, was "she is fine, she can have a boyfriend, she can cope with having a boyfriend, she is strong enough but you are not."
Mel C, also known as Sporty Spice in the '90s, added, "It makes you question yourself when you are already vulnerable."
As Mel got older, she began dating, and even had a tryst with Robbie Williams in 1997. In her new memoir, "Who I Am," she said he wasn't exactly a great boyfriend, nor was he "lovely" to her. Mel was left heartbroken when Robbie "abruptly" broke up with her.
"He has apologized to me and a lot of water has gone under the bridge and we're absolutely fine and have been for many, many years," she said in the interview, while also noting Robbie has yet to read the chapter in her book that speaks of their romance. "We're doing a show together in a few weeks, so I might have to tell him to read the chapter!"