Mel C Reveals Bullying Occurred in the Spice Girls: ‘I’m Not Going to Name Names’
When the Spice Girls were setting the music charts on fire in the ‘90s, bullying simply wasn’t addressed like it is now. But with a new album on the way, Mel C wants to confront the issue head-on, even revealing that during her wild ride with the British girl group, some internal bullying occurred.
“Yes. I’m not going to name names. But yes,” she told Attitude when asked if she dealt with this type of behavior in the pop outfit. “It’s been addressed, they were aware of what they’d done. They apologized.”
The songstress shared that much of her forthcoming seventh solo album Version of Me is dedicated to shining a light on the problem and its consequences.
“Version of Me is about being bullied,” she said. “About being in a situation as a young adult where I felt bullied and how that has affected me, and molded me in a way.”
Mel, who rose prominence as Sporty Spice, shared that when she was a young woman entering the music industry, she accepted behavior that she now realizes was hurtful and inappropriate because she didn’t know any better.
“I’m a lot more confident and I will not be shat upon. But when I was younger I let people shit on me. What’s done is done but I’d have liked to have been a bit stronger,” Mel said. “When we were kids we were so hard on each other and so determined to succeed that if anybody fell out of line they were quickly brought back in. That was quite a lot of pressure to live under.”
Read more in the December issue of Attitude — out now.