Beckham – who has often displayed a self-awareness about her lack of natural musical talent – is said to be concentrating on her fashion label, a career that has arguably given her the greatest post-pop success of any Spice Girls member.
Melanie Brown recently attended a Halloween party dressed as Beckham, holding up a sign that read: “No I am not going on tour.” She was joined by boyfriend Gary Madatyan dressed as David Beckham, who held a sign that said: “Please, please, please do it for the Spice Girls fans.”
It will be the second time the band has toured with a reduced membership. Geri Horner (née Halliwell) quit the Spice Girls in May 1998 prior to the group’s first North American tour, which they completed without her. She rejoined the group in 2007 for their first reunion tour.
The five-piece reunited for a one-off performance at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games. Further reunion tours have been rumoured ever since: in February 2018, the five held a meeting and indicated that they intended to work on new projects together.
Each band member is said to have received £10m to promote a new greatest hits album, along with appearances on talent shows and various endorsements. An animated superhero movie, with the five singers voicing characters who promote a “girl-power message”, is allegedly also in the works.