Geri Halliwell calls Mel B’s affair claims ‘simply not true’ and ‘very hurtful’

What would you do if a coworker told everyone that you’d hooked up with them and it wasn’t true? If you ignored it might be interpreted that you’re silently saying it’s true. If you denied it then the story would get more traction though, and some would still believe it. That’s the situation Geri Halliwell, Ginger Spice, must have found herself in after Mel B claimed in an interview that they hooked up once back in their Spice Girls days. Mel said this in an interview with Piers Morgan about a week ago. Sources close to Geri denied it off the record but then The Daily Mail ran an article over the weekend claiming that their affair was more than one night as Mel claimed and that it lasted about a year in the mid 90s. After all that Geri’s rep issued a statement saying that it wasn’t true and that Mel made up the story, essentially. Then Mel tried to claim she never said that, which is not the case. Geri calls it hurtful but her rep couches it in language like there are no hard feelings. The show must go on as The Spice Girls tour starts in less than a month.

In a statement to E! News, Geri’s representative says, “It has been very disappointing to read about all these rumours again, especially on Mother’s Day of all days… She would like you to know that what has been reported recently is simply not true and has been very hurtful to her family.”

While Geri calls the statements “hurtful,” she by no means holds any anger towards Mel B. “Moving forward, Geri can’t wait to see the girls and all the fans on the tour, have an amazing time with everyone, and make some new memories,” the rep continues.

Moreover, the rep says in a message directed towards her fans, “Geri is really grateful for your support and loyalty for so many years. She loves the Spice Girls: Emma, Melanie, Melanie and Victoria.”

In an interview with Australian radio show 2Day 104.1, [Mel B] explained that she never “admitted” to having sexual relations with anyone. “All five of us [slept in a bed together], we were on tour, we had all of our own hotel rooms booked but we all ended up bunking in together. That’s what girls do,” she explained. “It wasn’t like a big deal, we’ve known each other 20 plus years, it was just one thing that happened one night. I didn’t go into detail about it, at all.”

[From E! Online]

This is revisionist by Mel. On Piers’ show she was very clear what she meant and it was not everyone bunking together. Still I get why she’s trying to downplay it now that Geri is denying everything and calling it hurtful. Mel accomplished what she wanted, she got headlines ahead of the Spice Girls tour and now people are going to pay attention to how Geri and Mel interact. It is curious, though, that it took Geri a week to deny this. Maybe the Daily Mail story prompted her, or maybe she and Mel are in on this together and timed it all out. I’m not saying that’s the case! Just that the timing is suspect.



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  1. JayBlue says:

    I dunno why, but Mel b certainly strikes me as the type of person who would totally make up a story like this on the spot, without thinking about the consequences.

    • Of the Seraphs says:

      Anything for attention, right? I would be seething if I were Geri.

    • Jen says:

      Same. I’ve known people IRL who do that and I can’t ghost them fast enough.

    • Clare says:

      Mel B is so messy and thirsty.

      But also, how broke is Geri to be playing happy families with someone who is out there spreading ‘hurtful’ shit?

      • ByTheSea says:

        I don’t think Mel made it up. Geri is just upset it came out. Not everyone is as open about their sexuality as Mel B.

    • Booradley says:

      Yes Mel B is thirsty for attention, but I totally believe that they hooked up. People forget who Ginger Spice was lol she might not have had the moniker crazy spice but she was just as wild as Mel B. I totally totally buy that they hooked up possibly more than once but it wasn’t melby’s place to talk about it as Jerry is trying to be a different person now and doesn’t want that reputation so I get it but it totally happened

      • VintageS says:

        Yeah, but being open about your own sexuality is one thing, but someone else’s is nobody’s business. Total betrayal there.

      • Moneypenny says:

        Remember when Geri was Sexy Spice? I do. I think this story is true for sure, but Geri might not have wanted it out there now.

  2. Mego says:

    I enjoyed The Spice Girls and their Live at Instanbul show was amazing. When I read about this alleged hookup I felt no shock, surprise or even interest. Given that, I wonder if Haliwell would have been better served to not comment on it. It’s weird to me that Mel would make up a story like this tbh. If they need to garner publicity by making up stories about hookups between band members maybe they should rethink their comeback.

  3. Alissa says:

    I don’t understand, she said she never admitted anything sexual, but then also says it was just one thing that happened one time? okay Mel.

  4. Digital Unicorn says:

    Geri has admitted to experimenting with someone famous, a one night stand. It could be that yeah, they had a one night stand but I don’t by it was ever a relationship. Either way Mel B was wrong to do what she did and she only did it for attention. She’s only backtracking as it will affect her much needed pay day from the tour – if Geri walks she can kiss that goodbye as she lost her gig on America’s Got Talent.

  5. NotHeidisGirl says:

    Anything to spice up interest in that comeback, huh, Mel?

  6. TQ says:

    It was unkind of Mel B to disclose the hook up. But I think she was telling the truth about it. I’d also believe that it was more than a one time thing. And good for them! I love it! But am sure Geri is getting PR advice to deny it. Geri and her hubby Chris Horner run in those conservative monied circles and she’s gone to great lengths to present a particularly polished and family focused image in recent years. The torrid Mel B affair doesn’t fit that image. I do wish she’d just own up to the affair and say ‘so what? Girl power! It was great!’. But am also remembering the sh*tstorm when Geri started up with her nubby when his partner Beverley Allen was pregnant. Lots of clutched pearls. Am sure PR is advising her not to own the affair and risk further clutched pearls.

  7. Lulu says:

    It’s pretty clear that Mel B said it was a one night thing, the tabloids spun it into a fully fledged affair, and that Geri is denying it was an affair. She’s not saying that the one night hook up didn’t happen.

  8. Nina Simone says:

    They more than hooked up. They were in love, but Mel B broke Geri’s heart and it’s one of the reasons she left suddenly. Us stans have known for years. It is what it is.

  9. Yawn says:

    Geri was the primary force behind the Spice Girls. Mel B is a hot mess known for injesting anything and everyone into her body (respect, Mel, I legit love your game). There is zero way this is not coordinated to get more publicity. These are not stupid women. Petty drama, forgiveness, reunification, etc.

    Bring it on. I love this sh-t.

  10. minx says:

    Geri looks great, I have to say.

  11. Hmm says:

    Oh please!! It’s true. She’s denying it because her husband doesn’t want that out there. They were and still are the hottest in the group.

  12. Ms. says:

    Don’t care if they had sex, but damn, I love that coat.