Melanie Chisholm has revealed how she was banned from dating in the early days of the Spice Girls – while her bandmates were free to pursue romances.
Better known as Mel C, the singer discussed her new autobiography Who I Am with Australia’s The Project on Tuesday, and said while Melanie Brown, also known as Mel B, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham were able to date at the height of the girl group’s fame, she was not.
‘Looking back what struck me was it was one rule for one and another for the others, right?’ the 48-year-old said.
‘I think when you are vulnerable as well, people go, I don’t think it’s good for you’.
Mel said the rule for the other women was, ‘she is fine, she can have a boyfriend, she can cope with having a boyfriend, she is strong enough but you are not’.
‘It makes you question yourself when you are already vulnerable,’ Mel added.
Elsewhere in the interview, Mel discussed her ill-fated romance with Robbie Williams which occurred around 1997 – and admitted he ‘wasn’t lovely’ to her when they were an item.
‘He has apologised to me and a lot of water has gone under the bridge and we’re absolutely fine and have been for many, many years,’ she said.
Mel admitted that the pop star has not yet read the chapter in her memoir detailing their tryst.
‘We’re doing a show together in a few weeks, so I might have to tell him to read the chapter!’ she said with a laugh.
In her memoir, Mel writes about how she was left heartbroken by Williams after he ‘behaved badly’ with her.
The singer told how the Take That star lead her on and then ‘abruptly’ dropped her, which left her heartbroken.
Mel claimed Robbie ‘pursued’ her and then moved on quickly, but added that she has no bad feelings towards him now.
The singer also recently revealed that she hopes to reunite with all five Spice Girls for further shows, on the back of talk that they will headline Glastonbury.
The band, who parted ways in 2000, before coming back together briefly in 2007, reunited for a tour back in 2019 – but for the first time, were a quartet as Victoria chose not to return.