Melanie Chisholm, aka Sporty Spice, told Reuters Thursday she does not plan to keep working with Britain’s biggest pop phenomenon since the Beatles and will instead focus on her burgeoning solo career.
Her decision could effectively mark the death knell for a mega-selling act whose rallying cry of “Girl Power!” reverberated around the world when they burst on the scene six years ago.
While Chisholm specifically said twice in the interview that she no longer planned to work with the group, a Spice Girls spokesman insisted to the BBC that the group was still together.
Chisholm, 27, who is widely considered the best singer in the group and has developed a solo career, said in a telephone interview there were no plans for a new Spice Girls album.
While she vowed that, “I’ll always be a Spice Girl,” she added, “I don’t intend to do any more work with the Spice Girls …. Really, I’ve not been comfortable being in the Spice Girls for probably the last two years. It doesn’t really feel that natural to me anymore.”
She added. “I’ve grown up, and I just feel that I want to do things my own way and not compromise.
Spice Girls spokesperson, Alan Edwards, said that Chisholm was correct when she said there are no Spice Girls plans at the moment, and that solo projects were in the works. “I think they will sit down and take a view at the end of the year, although there is no date in the diary,” he added.
A Virgin Records spokesperson echoed Edwards’ remarks. “The girls are still a group,” he said. “They wouldn’t be pursuing solo projects without each other’s support. And at the end of the day, they are still very much together.”
Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham – one of the remaining members of the group, along with Emma “Baby Spice” Bunton and Melanie “Scary Spice” Brown – spoke with Edwards about the reports of a possible breakup and said she “didn’t stay awake over it,” according to Reuters.
The Spice Girls have sold 38 million albums globally since they burst onto the music scene with 1996’s smash single “Wannabe.” They scored with other hits, such as “Say You’ll Be There” and “2 Become 1,” and they released the feature film “Spice World” in 1997.