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Former Spice Girls Singer 'Sporty Spice' Dishes on Scuffle with Victoria Beckham, Almost Getting Kicked Out

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By Zachary Holt

During the late 1990s, the Spice Girls were on top of the world, and perhaps, the number one band around, at least according to metrics. But like other successful music acts, sometimes there are rifts between members, resulting in people leaving the group or even worse, ceasing to continue as one.

Recently, Melanie Chisholm, better known as her stage name, Sporty Spice, sat down for an interview on the BBC Radio Show 'Desert Island Discs' to discuss a fight she had with fellow group member, Victoria Beckham, during their early days, which almost got her kicked out of the group.

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Chisholm Admits to Having 'Scuffle' with Fellow Member, Victoria Beckham

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"We'd all had a few bevies and on the way out there was a little scuffle between myself and Victoria," Chisolm explained on the radio show. "We can’t say this on-air but I asked her to go away."

Chisholm went on to share that this incident occurred just prior to the group gaining international notoriety and that she feared that she would be given the boot. "I was told if that behavior ever happened again, then I would be out," she said.

Sporty Spice Feels Guilty About Complaining Amid Group's Massive Success

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Sporty Spice was then asked about whether she had been 'bullied by an unnamed band member. But for the former singer, she didn't want to address the issue because she had already felt guilty bringing it up before, especially through all the success that the group has had over the years.

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

Anxiety Associated with Being Kicked Out of Band Worsened from Incident

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Chisholm has been open in the past about her struggles with depression and anxiety, as well as, an eating disorder, making the possibility that she's be kicked out of the band even more unbearable for her mental state and her ability to cope during the time the incident occurred.

"I think that is where the start of some of my problems came because I had to be very, very strict with myself. I couldn't allow myself to relax because if I did I might mess it all up," the former musician candidly shared.

Chisholm and Beckham Were Able to Put Differences Aside for Group

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Fortunately, no one was kicked out of the band and the two were eventually able to squash their beef. The group would go on to become one of the most successful acts the world has ever seen, even garnering their own film, Spice World.

Chisholm concluded by saying that although they've had their differences with one another over the years, they're all close and would 'kill for each other'. "Even though we’ve had our differences, when we are on stage together on that stage, we are formidable, and we would kill for each other," she said in conclusion. "And that’s a really powerful thing to have."

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