Halliwell had carried out in Helsinki with the group however then was absent when the Spice Girls returned to the U.Okay. for an look on The National Lottery. “Unfortunately Geri’s not very well tonight,” Mel C, then generally known as Sporty Spice, instructed the viewers. “Get will soon, Geri!” she added, pointing at the digital camera.
Geri, in the meantime, had retreated to her brother’s home in France to lie low. The ladies flew on to Oslo with out her and, on May 31, 1998, they introduced that Geri had left the group, citing “differences between us.”
Obviously every time somebody leaves a superb gig like that, rumors fly, and tales of tensions with different members of the group are inclined to soar the highest. In Halliwell’s case, speak of an influence battle with Brown was the most prevalent story. Meanwhile, Geri thought she had made her intentions clear earlier than she truly left.
“Everyone had their theories,” Beckham, the erstwhile Posh Spice, wrote in her 2001 e book Learning to Fly. “That there had been some great row on the flight back from Helsinki. That we’d been hitting each other. The truth is that we’d all really had a laugh on that flight back… We didn’t know [why she took off]. Why she said that I have no idea; perhaps because it made her look better, because otherwise it was like admitting she had left us in the lurch. Which, of course, was exactly what she did. Geri Halliwell had left us totally in the lurch.”
“It was mad,” wrote Mel B in Catch a Fire. “We didn’t have a spare moment to absorb what had happened. We just had to get on with things.”