Mel B still wants to persuade Victoria to join Spice Girls reunion tour
The singer said she hopes all five Spice Girls will be together on stage once more.
Melanie Brown has said she plans to persuade Victoria Beckham to join the Spice Girls on tour next year.
The Girl Power singers are reuniting for a string of stadium shows without Beckham, who said in a post on Instagram that she wished them “love and fun” but would not be joining them on stage.
However, Brown – aka Scary Spice – said she is set on changing Beckham’s mind.
Speaking on new BBC Radio 5 Live podcast The Sista Collective, Brown said: “I’ve been saying for five years we’ll definitely be going back on tour and the other girls are like ‘Why are you saying that?’
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Today marks a special day for the girls as they announce the first tour dates since we performed together in 2012! I won't be joining my girls on stage again but being in the Spice Girls was a hugely important part of my life and I wish them so much love and fun as they go back on tour next year. I know they will put on an amazing show and the fantastic fans past and present are going to have a wonderful time! X vb #spicegirls #friendshipneverends
“So I’ve said it enough that now it is actually happening.
“So hopefully she (Beckham) sends us her blessing and we’re all in contact with her quite frequently so I’m hoping, you know, it will be all five of us.
“But for now it’s a solid four and tickets have all sold out, which is amazing.”
“I’ve got between now and April to get Victoria to do it… I’m hoping it will be all five of us, but we’ll have to see,” she added.
Brown also said she is planning to return to the afro hairstyle she wore when she burst onto the music scene in the 90s.
“It’s my body, it’s my blood, this is how my hair grows,” she said.
“It is what it is, and by the way I’m getting my afro back next year for Spice Girls. Next year it’s going to be back in full effect.”
She recalled being singled out at school because of her appearance, saying one child once told her that her hair “looks like carpet”.
She said: “And then he touched it, he was like, ‘it’s so soft and so beautiful – do you have to make it like that?’
“It made me feel a bit strange, but I didn’t know any different.
“I thought I was normal… they are going to want to touch it because it was wild. I love it wild and I never wanted to tame it.”
The Sista Collective is the BBC’s first homegrown podcast for black British women, presented by BBC Radio 5 Live’s Jessie Aru Phillips alongside Black Girl Fest co-founder Paula Akpan, Team GB athlete Anyika Onuora and former finalist on The Apprentice, Joanna Jarjue.