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Victoria Beckham and Melanie Chisholm: A Disagreement That Almost Changed the Spice Girls FOREVER

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By Jennifer Vaughn

Those that grew up in the 90s probably remember the lyrics to EVERY Spice Girls song. What most did not know was that there was drama in the group before they ever really got famous. Mel C, also known as Sporty Spice, and Victoria Beckham, also known as Posh Spice, were the two members of the group failing to get along. Well, what was the issue?

Mel C was recently on the BBC Radio show “Desert Island Discs," where she spoke about the fight.

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Mel C said, 'We'd all had a few bevvies and on the way out there was a little scuffle between myself and Victoria.”

As a result of what happened, Mel C said she was told that she would be kicked out of The Spice Girls if the 'behavior ever happened again.'

Apparently Mel C was afraid to tell anyone about being bullied after the altercation by an unidentified band member, saying,

“When your absolute ultimate fairy tale actually happens to you, you feel guilty about complaining about anything. We were on top of the world, we were the biggest band in the world, and I felt guilty about complaining.”

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So Mel C was bullied after the initial fight between her and Victoria. However, we have no idea who exactly bullied her, but we can guess.

Mel C struggled with depression and an eating disorder while in The Spice Girls, and a lot of it was apparently caused by 'anxiety' resulting from the fear of getting kicked out of the group.

On the radio show, she went on to say that she was afraid to relax because she 'might mess up.'

So, while living seemingly on top of the world with fame, Mel C hid her struggle from everyone out of fear.

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The Spice Girls even recently got back together for a tour, so it seems like all of the pain and anxiety have been left in the past. HOWEVER, as Fox News reported, Victoria Beckham was absent from the recent tour. This tour was announced in 2018, and just after, at Heidi Klum's Halloween Party, Mel B (Scary Spice) dressed up as Victoria Beckham carrying a sign saying 'No' about going on tour.

Is there bad blood between all of the women that we do not know about?!

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Mel B commented on the choice to impersonate Victoria Beckham and what she thinks Victoria thought of the stunt. She told the BBC, "I think she thought it was funny, there's a bit of a love-hate relationship there."

Mel C also said that being "branded Sporty Spice and being regarded as the ‘boyish’ one also took a toll on her."

If there is lasting tension between the members of The Spice Girls this many years after their last performance together, maybe more happened that we do not know about.

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