IT’S now been more than seven months since all five Spice Girls reunited for a private meeting with their former manager Simon Fuller, confirming they were looking at future opportunities together as a group.
Photos from their meet-up made headlines everywhere, and Spice mania once again swept the world — albeit briefly — as fans wondered what exactly the world-conquering pop group had up their sleeves.
But in the ensuing months, it’s been the same old story for Spice fans, with regular reports that the other four girls are keen to tour, but Victoria Beckham — the artist formerly known as Posh Spice — is the one holding out.
But a new report by the Daily Mail suggests that it might not actually be Beckham, who has transitioned into a new career as a fashion designer, nixing the group’s plans.
Rather, Posh has been ordered to obey the wishes of powerful investors in her fashion business, the Mail reports.
Equity firm NEO Investment Partners poured almost $A55 million into Victoria Beckham Limited last November, and have reportedly told the singer-turned-designer that joining her former bandmates on tour would be “counter-productive” to the success of her business, which marks a decade in operation this year.
“She was up for it but, after meetings with her investors, she now understands the potential ramifications if she was to take part. It could very much be viewed as tacky and there is a chance that Victoria will be destroyed for not being able to sing,” the Mail quotes a source as saying.
While outwardly successful, behind the scenes, cracks have started to appear in the Beckham fashion empire. Losses for the business totalled $14.9 million in 2017, before the much-needed NEO investment.
It makes any return to her former ‘pop star’ job something of a double-edged sword for the 44-year-old mother-of-four. Investors would understandably be nervous about her attention drifting from her business empire, but agreeing to even a handful of live shows would be incredibly lucrative for Beckham. Tour dates could also mean great exposure for her fashion label, particularly if she and her bandmates wear her designs.
Victoria’s apparent reluctance to join her Spice mates led many fans to believe she was keen to forget her pop star past — so a hilarious viral video published online by Vogue last week came as a surprise to many.
The five-minute skit shows staff at Vogue UK preparing for a photo shoot with Beckham, intended to celebrate the modern minimalism of her clothing line.
Instead, Posh arrives with a truck full of her old Spice Girls costumes, seemingly fixated on her ’90s pop heyday as she instructs Vogue’s editor-in-chief Edward Enninful to “Spice up his life” and requests four Spice bandmate lookalikes for the shoot.