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Are the Spice Girls reuniting this year?

Raechal Leone Shewfelt
Editor, Yahoo Entertainment
From left: Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown, Geri Halliwell, and Melanie Chisholm make the scene at the 1997 MTV VMAs. (Photo: The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Well, well, well — it sounds like somebody (we’re looking at you, Victoria Beckham!) has come around to the idea of a Spice Girls reunion.

“We are always overwhelmed at how much interest there is across the whole world for The Spice Girls. The time now feels right to explore some incredible new opportunities together,” People reports that the members of the group — Beckham (“Posh Spice”), Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”), Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”), Melanie Chisholm (“Sporty Spice”), and Geri Halliwell (“Ginger Spice”) — said in a statement Friday. “We all agree that there are many exciting possibilities that will once again embrace the original essence of The Spice Girls, while reinforcing our message of female empowerment for future generations.”

Their statement followed a group meeting at Halliwell’s place in Hertfordshire, England.

Beckham dropped this photo on her Instagram page Friday, reviving hope for fans:

 

“Love my girls!!! So many kisses!!! X Exciting,” she captioned it. Beckham hashtagged it “#friendshipneverends #girlpower,” which is so very Spice Girls of her.

The group’s former manager, Simon Fuller, also made an appearance.

 

“Love u all so much!!! X Such a great day!! Thank u Simon! X VB” Beckham captioned a pic of Fuller with the women.

The group last released an album in 2000, then reunited for a tour in 2007, and they also performed at the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympics in London.

The Wannabe singers making a go of it again is huge. Not only because they were a ridiculously big deal in music, topping charts throughout the world and having their faces plastered on everything from chocolate bars to kiddie purses, but also because Beckham has said that she wouldn’t do a reunion.

Now a successful fashion designer, Beckham has noted in the past that she considers fashion — not music — her strength.

“Being in the Spice Girls was so much fun,” she told Elle U.K. in May 2017. “I was never the best singer or dancer. I learned an enormous amount during that time, though: the staging, the lighting, the costumes — the package excited me.”

In an interview with the Telegraph in 2012, she said that producers would sometimes intentionally cut off her microphone. (The Sun has reported that Beckham will not sing on any reunion projects.)

Chisholm further dampened prospects of the group getting back together in 2016 when she penned a piece for Love Magazine, explaining why she wouldn’t reunite with the group, even though fans had always been there for it.

“Don’t get me wrong — I totally get it,” Chisholm wrote. “But is it a new rule that bands have to reform? Why can’t we just be remembered for our incredible achievements in the nineties?”

Because they were too much fun to watch, that’s why.

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