Halliwell had performed with the group in Helsinki, but was then absent when Spice Girls returned to the U.K. The National Lottery. “Unfortunately Geri’s not very well tonight,”Mel C, also known as Sporty Spice at the time, spoke to the audience. “Get will soon, Geri!”She pointed at the camera, and she continued to add.
Geri had, however, gone to her French brother’s house to rest. The girls flew on to Oslo without her and, on May 31, 1998, they announced that Geri had left the group, citing “differences between us.”
Obviously whenever someone leaves a good gig like that, rumors fly, and stories of tensions with other members of the group tend to soar the highest. Halliwell was the victim of rumors about a power struggle between Brown and her. Meanwhile, Geri thought she had made her intentions clear before she actually left.
“Everyone had their theories,”Beckham was the original Posh Spice. She wrote her 2001 book. Learn to Fly. “That there had been some great row on the flight back from Helsinki. That we’d been hitting each other. The truth is that we’d all really had a laugh on that flight back… We didn’t know [why she took off]. Why she said that I have no idea; perhaps because it made her look better, because otherwise it was like admitting she had left us in the lurch. Which, of course, was exactly what she did. Geri Halliwell had left us totally in the lurch.”
“It was mad,”Mel B wrote in Make a Fire. “We didn’t have a spare moment to absorb what had happened. We just had to get on with things.”