Spice Girls: Geri apologizes for quitting in 1998


Geri Horner has apologized for quitting the Spice Girls in 1998, as the band played the last date of their reunion tour. “I need to say something I should have said a long time ago,” she told fans and her bandmates at Wembley Stadium. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry I left. I was just being a brat. It is so good to be back with the girls that I love.” Geri, aka Ginger Spice, walked away from the band at the height of their fame 21 years ago. At the time, she said she was suffering from exhaustion and needed a break. Years later, in the documentary Giving You Everything, she explained she’d become distanced from the rest of the band. “I felt I didn’t belong any more. They didn’t need me any more, really, and I definitely felt very redundant.” Geri’s apology came on the 13th and final date of the Spice Girls’ UK stadium tour, just before the band played Goodbye, the number one single that addressed her departure. And it wasn’t the only emotional moment. The band brought their mothers and children onto the stage during the encore, to serenade them with Mama, while Emma Bunton was reduced to tears during Viva Forever. “She’s gone,” Mel C acknowledged. “The Bunts has gone. We had a little wager on who’d cry first.”

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