The world may finally be getting what it wants (what it really, really wants): a Spice Girls reunion tour. The long-awaited and oft-rumored tour officially got confirmation from an actual Spice Girl this week. Mel B, aka Scary Spice, sat down with Hoda Kotb on Wednesday’s episode of the Today show to spill all the details on the ultimate ’90s reunion.
“I’m the only one that keeps on saying we’re going to be performing, which, we are gonna be performing,” she said. “Finally, they’ve got it together. Yes.” And before you ask, Mel B will not stand for Victoria Beckham‘s claims that the tour is never going to happen. “She’s always saying that. Stop it,” she said when Kotb brought up Posh Spice’s potential obstacle. “We are touring. Should I have really said that out loud? Yes, we are going to be doing performances together for sure.”
Take this news with a grain of salt, though, since Mel B has previously gotten our hopes up for a reunion tour that never came true. Last year, she heavily hinted that the group would be performing at the royal wedding, but those plans never materialized. “I got divorced and I had to go to court,” she told Kotb this week in an explanation as to why the performance didn’t happen. “Real-life problems.”
In addition to fanning the reunion tour rumor flames, Mel B also shared some pretty special Spice Girls history tidbits with Today‘s viewers, including the squad’s origin story. Apparently, the five women met on the audition circuit and eventually decided to band together—literally. “We all knew each other from the scene, and we were all kind of friends and we’re all so different, we just blended, just like a jigsaw puzzle that just worked,” Mel B said. After struggling to hit the big time as a band, they finally struck gold with 1996’s “Wannabe,” after Mel B wrote the song’s iconic rap verse while she was “in the loo.” “Maybe I did a little tinkle while I was writing,” she joked.
And as for where the Baby, Posh, Scary, Sporty, and Ginger Spice monikers came from? “We never decided the names ourselves, probably it was a lazy journalist who couldn’t remember our names,” said Mel B, who added that she has no problem going down in history as “the Scary one.”
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