Emma Bunton has denied Spice Girls are set to reunite for a tour in 2016 – without Victoria Beckham.
Before the former Spice Girl’s statement, the Sun reported four of the five band members would be getting back together in 2016 for an international tour, to mark their 20th anniversary.
However, on her radio show, Emma Bunton insisted “nothing’s happening at the moment”.
“If anything happens and it’s concrete, and we decide on something, I will let you know,” she said on Heart FM.
Geri Halliwell, Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm and Emma Bunton were reported to be planning a reunion tour, 20 years after their first hit Wannabe in 1996.
However, tweets on August 7 suggested otherwise.
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Mel C tweeted: “Woke up this morning wondering whether I need to start practising my backflips???!!!”
To which Emma Bunton replied: “Do I need to put my pigtails in?!?!?”
Last week, Mel B told Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show that “it’s about time” for the group to get back together.
Mel B followed up her comments on Today Show on August 4: “When you say it’s our 20th anniversary coming up, it does make you think, <<Oh, my gosh, it really has been that long>>.
“Hopefully, we’ll gather the troops around, and we’ll get to do something to celebrate it next year. It’s in my plan, I don’t know about anybody else’s.”
The Spice Girls – dubbed Ginger, Posh, Baby, Scary and Sporty – sold more than 75 million records and had nine number one singles, becoming a cultural phenomenon when they emerged on to the pop scene in the 1990s.
Their debut album, Spice, made them the fastest-selling British act since the Beatles.
Geri Halliwell left the group in 1998, amid rumors of a division among the five women. The remaining four continued to perform, but the group eventually split in 2001.
After much speculation they reformed for a 47-date tour in 2007. They performed together again at the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.
All five embarked on solo careers with mixed results, and have forged careers in TV and radio.
Mel B, a former UK X Factor judge, is currently a judge on America’s Got Talent, while Emma Bunton co-hosts Heart London’s daily breakfast show with Jamie Theakston.
Victoria Beckham has joined Courtney Love, Ricky Martin and other stars in backing Elton John after fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana criticized same-gender couples having children and the use of IVF fertility treatment.
Elton John, who has two sons with David Furnish through a surrogate, posted on Instagram that everyone should boycott Dolce and Gabbana following the comments.
It wasn’t long until the #BoycottDolceGabbana hashtag was trending on Twitter.
Victoria Beckham tweeted: “Sending love to Elton David Zachary Elijah & all the beautiful IVF babies x vb.”
In an interview with Italian magazine Panorama the fashion designers said they didn’t agree with the idea of gay families.
Domenico Dolce said: “You are born to a mother and a father – or at least that’s how it should be.
“I call children of chemistry, synthetic children. Rented uterus, semen chosen from a catalogue.”
Ricky Martin, who has 6-year-old twins Matteo and Valentino born via a surrogate, also backed Elton John campaign.
People with children born through IVF have also joined the campaign posting family pictures across social media.
Stefano Gabbana has now said “it was never our intention to judge other people’s choice”.
“We do believe in freedom and love,” Stefano Gabbana added.
Victoria Beckham is giving fans the opportunity to walk in her shoes in exchange for major charity donations to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan that hit the Philippines on November 8.
Typhoon Haiyan was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded and left a path of destruction across the island country.
Now Victoria and her husband David Beckham are using their celebrity status and her fashion connections to help raise money. On the British Red Cross’s website, there’s a special section for the Beckhams’ donations.
Victoria Beckham is giving fans the opportunity to walk in her shoes in exchange for major charity donations to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan
“Dozens of pieces from the couple’s wardrobe will go on sale this Friday (November 22) at the British Red Cross shop in Kensington & Chelsea, which specializes in designer clothing. All the money raised will help those affected by the typhoon in the Philippines.”
The Beckhams’ donations include pieces from Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, and Roberto Cavalli.
Victoria Beckham posted several photos on Twitter of her donations. In one picture she is sitting inside a donation box with the caption: “Proud to support @BritishRedCross #ShopDrop Donating clothes for #Haiyan survivors. x vb.”
Another image shows a mountain of designer heels and a Manolo Blahnik box with the caption: “Big clear out of my shoes, on sale tomorrow in aid of @BritishRedCross #ShopDrop x vb.”
A host of high-end designers from Alexander McQueen and Prada to Victoria Beckham and Louis Vuitton have contributed to Children In Need by each designing an adorable and oh-so-chic Pudsey bear.
The 2012 Designer Pudsey Collection, which was the brainchild of Love magazine editor Katie Grand, also features stylish creations from Balenciaga, Burberry, Versace, Paul Smith and Gucci.
The adorable bears will be auctioned at Christie’s auction house on November 15 with every single penny going towards the worthwhile cause.
The iconic yellow and red Pudsey has been recreated in an array of different fabrics from suede to Swarovski crystals.
From Gucci’s equestrian Pudsey, to Burberry’s English Gentleman’s Pudsey each bear is completely unique, reflects the designer’s trademark style and gives fans an insight into trends for 2013.
Anya Hindmarch, Paul Smith and Selfridges have also created 10 inch limited edition Designer Pudsey’s, which will be sold exclusively in Selfridges from 24 October 2012.
Designer Pudsey Collection 2012
“I was honored to curate this fantastic collection, and have had such fun working with the designers on all of their amazing designs, BBC Children in Need is an incredibly worthwhile cause, and one which myself and all of the designers involved in the collection are privileged to support” said Katie Grand.
“Selfridges is delighted to support such a purposeful and creative project. It is wonderful to see such remarkable talent helping this most worthy of causes,” added Alannah Weston, Creative Director, Selfridges and Co.
“We are absolutely elated to have such prestigious designers turn Pudsey into a fashion icon once again.
“And to have Selfridges exhibit this one-off collection, allows everyone to view a piece of fashion history. A truly inspirational fundraising initiative,” said Sarah Monteith, Director of Marketing and Fundraising, BBC Children in Need.
Victoria Beckham regularly endorses her own merchandise, but yesterday she gave a little-known beauty brand her seal of approval.
She took to Twitter to tell friends and fans about her love for a hand cream she apparently picked up at Anthropologie.
Victoria Beckham posted a picture of the lotion, along with the caption: “Obsessed with this hand cream… Fragrance is amazing! X.”
The $20 beauty buy is manufactured by a Los Angeles-based fragrance company called Royal Apothic.
The website states that the cream is perfumed “to evoke one of your favorite urban courtyards”.
Victoria Beckham took to Twitter to tell friends and fans about her love for Royal Apothic hand cream she picked up at Anthropologie
Although there are four different floral scents to choose from, Victoria Beckham appears to favor the Holland Park option.
Contained in a vintage-inspired tube the non-greasy lotion features notes of magnolia, jasmine and musk.
A spokesman for Anthroplogie, which stocks the product in the U.S. and the UK, said: “We’re thrilled that Victoria is a customer and extremely flattered that she would Tweet about one of our products!”
It isn’t the first time Victoria Beckham has endorsed a beauty product via Twitter.
Earlier this year she revealed Lancer Dermatology AM PM Nourishment Treatment as her favorite face cream, exclaiming: “Loving this face moisturizer!! Also mixes well with make up.”
Victoria Beckham is often seen in over-sized sunglasses but never steps out in glasses she needs for being near-sighted because she feels too self-conscious about how they look.
“I do need to wear glasses but I haven’t found glasses that suit me or that I particularly like,” Victoria Beckham told WWD.
But fashion designer Victoria Beckham has now got round this problem by designing a range of glasses herself.
“I’ve always been quite self-conscious, so that’s why I’ve decided to do them myself,” she said.
Victoria Beckham launched her optical collection for spring/summer 2013 today.
Each piece in the collection is handcrafted in Italy and is distinctive as a Victoria Beckham design by a “V” tip at the end of each arm
The six styles, manufactured in partnership with Cutler and Gross, will go on sale at retailers at Silmo Paris from January 2013 costing from $470-$540.
The range will include aviator styles and large dark frames, some of which are unisex and others that are more feminine.
Victoria Beckham said her husband David is a fan of the heavy square frames which she also favors herself.
Each piece in the collection is handcrafted in Italy and is distinctive as a Victoria Beckham design by a “V” tip at the end of each arm.
Victoria Beckham, who is set to reunite with the Spice Girls for a special performance at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony, already sells sunglasses as part of her fashion label but this is her first venture into prescription glasses.
She said she’ll wear products from her own range from now on, joking “it’ll be nice to see where I’m going for once”.
Yesterday Victoria Beckham, a mother-of-four, took her Twitter account to share some vital parental advice on how to remove stubborn stains from clothing.
Victoria Beckham, 38, who has over four million followers tweeted: “Mummy tip….Baby Dreft and Vanish stain remover, use together to remove HUGE strawberry stains!!! X vb”
Super slim Victoria Beckham, who has been enjoying a break with her family in the UK, had previously taken her children to enjoy the quintessential British past time of strawberry picking.
Posting a picture of two juicy looking punnets she wrote: “Fun day strawberry picking in the rain with the boys and Harper. Love being in London! X”
Victoria Beckham took her Twitter account to share how to remove stubborn stains from clothing
It seems that Victoria Beckham, who is mother to baby girl Harper, one, and three sons: 13-year-old Brooklyn, Romeo, nine, and Cruz, six, doesn’t mind getting her perfectly manicured hands dirty.
With a combined estimated fortune, alongside footballer husband David Beckham of around £190 million ($300 million), Victoria Beckham could easily afford to have every item of her children’s clothing dry cleaned.
But proving she is still a down to earth at heart, the former Spice Girl opts for a bottle of Baby Dreft combined with a humble bottle of vanish stain remover.
Earlier this week Victoria Beckham delighted her Irish fans when she arrived in Dublin for a special presentation at department store Brown Thomas who were one of the first in the world to stock her clothing line when it first launched.
The Spice Girls have reunited to launch Viva Forever!, a new West End musical based on their hit songs.
Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm and Geri Halliwell helped unveil the show at a central London hotel on Tuesday.
“We’re going to be introducing a whole new generation to Girl Power,” Victoria Beckham said.
Written by Jennifer Saunders, the musical explores the “bitter reality of fame” brought by a TV talent show.
Viva Forever! opens at London’s Piccadilly Theatre on 11 December.
The show is the idea of Judy Craymer, producer of Abba musical Mamma Mia!, who described Jennifer Saunders as a “brilliant collaborator”.
“She understands the anxieties in women, the fear of judgment and trepidation that one day they get to a certain age and become invisible,” Judy Craymer said.
The launch event was held in the neo-Gothic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, the location where the Spice Girls filmed the video for their breakthrough hit Wannabe in 1996.
Reunited on the same podium, the five ex-bandmates exchanged banter about Geri Halliwell’s exit from the group at the height of their fame in 1998.
Spice Girls have reunited to launch Viva Forever!, a new West End musical based on their hit songs
“I’ve got to say these girls are amazing and brilliant and loving,” said Geri Halliwell.
“Every time I see them, and I don’t see them that often, independently and collectively they’re really lovely. I’m really grateful to have good friends like this.”
“She’s only saying that because she left,” joked Melanie Chisholm, aka Mel C.
“To have our songs performed night after night in a theatre is an honor for us,” Melanie Chisholm went on.
“My little boy doesn’t know who were are, so I can’t wait for him to see this,” said Emma Bunton.
According to its producers, Viva Forever! is “the story of a beautiful, talented girl and her best friends who get swept up in the obsession of today’s TV celebrity culture”.
Judy Craymer said Saunders’ story would “embrace all generations”.
“We listened to Spice Girls songs for nine months non-stop,” she said.
“Jennifer came up with a heart-warming family story that touches on celebrity today.”
The show, Judy Craymer continued, was “very much about the chaos that a TV talent show can bring on a family and friendship”.
Jennifer Saunders, the writer of TV comedy Absolutely Fabulous, said both she and her daughters had been Spice Girls fans.
“I remember the joy and energy and positivity that they brought, and I wanted to bring that to the story,” she told reporters.
The musical will be directed by Paul Garrington, who has staged international productions of Mamma Mia! and Dirty Dancing.
Viva Forever! is the latest in a line of so-called “jukebox” musicals that use popular songs to score what is often a fresh storyline.
The commercial success of Mamma Mia! has helped fuel dozens of similar shows, such as Jersey Boys – featuring the hits of Franki Valli and the Four Seasons – and the Michael Jackson show Thriller Live.
Mamma Mia!, which opened in 1999, is booking in the West End until April 2013, while We Will Rock You, based on the music of Queen, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Yet other examples of the genre have enjoyed lesser success.
Despite winning an Olivier for best new musical, the Madness-based Our House closed in 2003 after 10 months in the West End.
The opening of Viva Forever! will coincide with that of The Bodyguard, a musical based on the 1992 Whitney Houston film that opens at the Adelphi in December.
The Spice Girls topped the charts in 31 countries with their 1996 debut single Wannabe and went on to sell more than 75 million albums worldwide.
The group created the 1990s mantra “Girl Power” and starred in their own feature film, Spiceworld, in 1997.
The Spice Girls disbanded in 2000 but reformed seven years later for a reunion tour.
Judy Craymer said she was “thrilled” the five had shown “so much encouragement and support” about a musical she insisted was “not a tribute show”.
“The positivity, energy, humor, excitement and friendships that encapsulated the Spice Girls and their songs have inspired the whole creative team,” she added.
Previews of Viva Forever! begin at the Piccadilly on 27 November.