“Let’s address the elephant in the room. That is probably the first time Victoria has been referred to as an elephant,” Ross joked to the ladies.
“So, she is not with the band and it is a four piece now. You asked her to come back and she passed. Why did she not want to do it?”
Mel C spoke first. “It is actually quite funny. I saw Victoria recently and you know we have all obviously been in contact. She is still very much part of the Spice Girls. She really supports us and we really support her. She did raise the point that she was never actually asked.”
Bunton questioned her, saying: “Oh. Did she not?” and Mel C replied: “No… because we just presumed.”
But Mel B recalled things differently, saying “No,” to that theory and Baby Spice agreed.
“No. I spoke to her two days ago after the announcement and she just said ‘Look you know that…’ She said it for years that she just did not want to do it anymore.”
Ross weighed in. “Having said that I think you should have offered her the opportunity?”
Bunton insisted: “We did. She said “I do not…”
“She was busy with her fashion and that she has moved on,” Ginger Spice said. “The philosophy for us is that we are a band on and off the stage. And we care about each other and we support each other. We support her. She has been a huge part of our life and we care about her. It is all good. You don’t want to make someone do something they don’t want to do.
Bunton continued: “I think we realized that a while back. She did not enjoy that so much.”
Ross then pointed out that Beckham’s vocal talents would be missed. “Let me ask a question. Please don’t take this the wrong way. Are you not worried that we all knew she had the best voice in the group? Who is going to carry the tunes?”
“You know what we all will,” Bunton said and Mel B agreed. “We will be fine.”
Halliwell defended their pipes too. “We have all got different strengths. So, you know. We will just carry on.”
But then Halliwell teased that Beckham would join them on the tour in Sunderland!
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