The new Spice Girls documentary 2021 gets everyone talking about the band again.
They’re arguably still the most iconic girl group ever, and part of that is likely down to the relatively short amount of time they lasted.
After only a few years together, Geri Halliwell decided to quit.
But what really happened and do the fans know the whole story?
Why did Geri Halliwell leave the Spice Girls?
Geri left the Spice Girls at the height of their fame on May 31, 1998.
The move came just days before their sold-out US tour began and sparked shock waves around the globe.
When she stopped, she made a statement that only partially revealed the truth.
It said: “This is a message to the fans. Unfortunately, I want to confirm that I left the Spice Girls.
“It’s because of the differences between us, I’m sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best.”
Meanwhile, Geri actually went through many personal struggles as she made the life-changing decision.
She was suffering from an eating disorder at the time, but the rest of the band had no clue.
“I had bulimia during my 20s. Even after I recovered from it, I had a distant relationship with food, ”she said.
“It’s damn dangerous. I was afraid that I would get fat. I would eat and then feel fat and nauseous. It was awful.”
Spice Girls documentary 2021: What else did Geri say?
In 2007 Geri confessed that she had the feeling that she no longer “belonged” to the band.
Until her last appearance with the group, she was mentally exhausted.
Unfortunately, none of the others were aware of it.
In the 2007 documentary Giving You Everything, Geri said, “I remember that in the days that drew closer, in my heart I knew I was going, and the song Viva Forever I stood there thinking, ‘ Oh my god this is the last time I’ll do this with you. ‘ I gave everything I could.
“I felt like I didn’t belong anymore. They really didn’t need me anymore and I definitely felt very redundant. “
She concluded, “I threw in the towel and gave up.”
Mel B, Mel C, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham were completely surprised.
No more than Mel B, who was just celebrating her birthday and had hoped that her four closest friends would be with her.
“She left on my birthday and didn’t tell anyone,” she told American television presenter Larry King.
“She just didn’t show up. We had the rest of the tour to continue the American part of the tour. “
However, at the end of her reunion tour in 2019, Geri finally said something fans had been waiting for since leaving.
She said “sorry”.
During her last song on stage, she addressed the crowing and said, “I was just a brat and I want to say that it’s good to be back with the girls I love and with you guys. Thanks very much!”
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