Which Spice Girls Member Initiated the Band’s Breakup?

The Spice Girls dominated pop radio in the 1990s: Their danceable melodies and creative costumes made them idols for teen girls everywhere. Their record sales and live shows were a massive draw for years.

When the band announced their hiatus in 2000, fans were devastated. While the Spice Girls haven’t truly gone away — the majority of the group’s members staying active in entertainment — many fans are still nostalgic for the old days when “Spice-Mania” dominated the airwaves. Read on to learn how the group split up and what the members have been up to since their hiatus.

Why are the Spice Girls famous?

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The group that became known as the Spice Girls formed in the mid-1990s and consisted of five members: Mel B (Scary Spice), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty Spice), Emma Bunton (Baby Spice), Geri Halliwell (Ginger Spice), and Victoria Beckham (Posh Spice). Their first big single, “Wannabe,” was an instant smash hit and still gets a lot of radio airplay today. For many, the song defines a generation and remains one of the best-selling singles of all time.

Ultimately, the Spice Girls would become a presence that dominated ’90s pop culture. Their 1997 film Spiceworld: The Movie cemented their status as icons of the decade, and the lighthearted comedy earned them comparisons to The Beatles.

While the group toured and played together for nearly six years, there was strife within the group for some time. A 2014 interview with Brown, better known as Mel B, shed some light on the situation just prior to the group’s breakup and which member first initiated the split.

Who broke up the Spice Girls?

Mel B has gone on to carve out a successful career after the Spice Girls disbanded in 2000. Scary Spice has appeared on TV shows like Dancing With the Stars, The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and Lip Sync Battle. She has also made headlines for her high-profile personal relationships, including her short-lived romance with Eddie Murphy, which resulted in a daughter.

In 2014, Mel B sat down with Larry King Now and talked about her life as one of the Spice Girls. She revealed that there was intense fighting within the group, especially when they were at the peak of their fame in the late ’90s. While she acknowledged that the women were like family, they had a five-year plan from the start and that they all eventually wanted to pursue their own separate interests.

Mel B also claimed that Halliwell was the first one to really leave the group and that she made her abrupt departure on Mel B’s birthday. Still, Mel B claims that Halliwell’s reasons were valid, even though there was bad blood between them for some time because of it. She stated that Halliwell suffered from an eating disorder and that the pressures of intense fame became too much to handle.

Are the Spice Girls reuniting?

Shortly after Halliwell left the group, the remaining members decided to disband. Ultimately, they reunited in 2007 for a series of concerts that were very well-received, although it was short-lived. The group went their separate ways again. Until early 2019 when four of the five members reunited yet again for a nostalgia tour. While fans mourned the absence of Posh Spice, there is still hope for fans to see all five original members together again, though not in the exact same capacity as before. Reportedly, an animated film is in the early stages of production, which will feature the voices of all five Spice Girls, as well as their most popular songs.