This Spice Girl Says She Was Bullied by Members of the Group
When we think about the Spice Girls (or is it “GEM?”), we’re usually filled with thoughts of positivity — you know, sisterhood, girl power and all that jazz. According to the group’s own members, however, that wasn’t exactly always the way things went down.
We’ve already heard Victoria Beckham’s take on her time in the ‘90s supergroup: fun, but not exactly for her. However, group member Melanie C., AKA “Sporty Spice,” has a slightly darker take on the sitch.
In a new interview with Attitude, Mel C. revealed that she actually felt bullied during her years with the girl group by members of her own. “I’m not going to name names, but yes. It’s been addressed, they were aware of what they’d done. They apologized.”
WHOA. This revelation is turning our world upside down, TBH! Although it does offer a bit more insight as to why she might not have been so keen to jump aboard that rumored reunion tour (though, considering that Geri Haliwell has since gotten preggers, we’re not so sure that’s still a go, anyway), with reports swirling that she even threatened legal action.
It turns out that Mel doesn’t entirely blame the situation on her aggressor(s?), however, saying that she wishes she would’ve stood up for herself more back then, and that the situation lent itself to discord.
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“Now that I’m older, I’m a lot more confident, and I will not be shat upon. But when I was younger, I let people sh*t on me. What’s done is done, but I’d liked to have been a bit stronger. When we were kids, we were so hard on each other, and so determined to succeed that if anyone fell out of line they were quickly brought back in. That was quite a lot of pressure to live under.”
Unfortunately, Mel C. says it’s something that has stuck with her over the years. “Being bullied can really damage people and even when you are stronger and over it, it can still be in the background, undermining you.”
Our hearts are breaking! Luckily, there is one ray of light in the form of Mel’s new single, which deals with the issues at hand. The name of the track? “Version of Me.”
Check it out below.
Which of the ladies do you think was the culprit? Take your guess @BritandCo.
It can be intimidating to step out on your own and build a business from the ground up. As part of our collaboration with Office Depot, we're talking with Selfmade alum and solopreneur Colette Lawrence, the faith-based motivator and relationship builder behind The M.E.E. Movement, about ways in which women in business can find success.
B + C: How did you know M.E.E. Movement was your business to start?
The M.E.E Movement represents motivation, empowerment, and encouragement for women. It is what represents me. I did not know at first that it was my business to start, but then the thought of monetizing what I loved came to me. It scared me, however. I registered the business in July 2020 and have been slowly building my wings since.
B + C: What's one strategy that's helped you start your business?
Thinking through and researching what the requirements are to start my business, and then asking questions of people who are in the business. Not all advice worked; however, it helped me to figure out what I needed to do and not to do.
B + C: Did you always know life coaching would be your entrepreneurial path?
(Smiles) No, I did not. I 'stumbled" on it. I knew that people were always coming to me for advice and I found that I loved having conversations with them, especially with women, young and old.
B + C: What was your most valuable takeaway from Selfmade?
My most valuable takeaway was the first day of training: Get out of your own way. There were a lot of great moments and important takeaways from every presenter. However, getting out of my own way, pushing past doubts, was for me my most valuable takeaway. Doing something that I had never done before took courage. If I do not focus on what is happening with me mentally then I cannot deliver to my clients successfully.
B + C: What's one piece of advice you would give to female entrepreneurs on the brink of starting?
Get out of your head. You have something to offer. You have what you need to succeed so go ahead and do it.
B + C: How do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated by listening to music and listening to motivational speakers, and sometimes someone will just reach out and talk about the impact that I made in their life. That adds the extra juice or sauce I need to pummel through the day.
B + C: What's your best organizational tip?
Keep a diary and journal. It's the best way for me to keep organized and it also provides a source motivation as I record not only my "losses" but my wins as well.
B + C: Who inspires you in the entrepreneurial space?
Shirley Toliver – She motivates and empowers and makes me always want to show up.
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The scholarship was a blessing in that all the areas that were covered offered valuable information that I needed, from social media to HR. As a new business owner, I needed to know this to increase my own personal awareness in what it takes to run a successful business. The candidness of the presenters made it easy to see myself in their shoes and helped me to realize that I can also get there.
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