Melanie C: “The Tabloids Were Cruel and Heartless” | Life and style

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I had a lot of success with the Spice Girls, but in my thirties there were times I thought my moment was over; that I should just go to the pasture. Now, in my mid-forties, I’ve decided: mess this up. I started my career telling women to go out and get what they wanted, and there I thought it was over.Mom signed a recording deal in the 1970s but it didn’t work out so she played in pubs and clubs all of my childhood. I sat in the crowd singing. But knowing her story made me believe that my own dream was unachievable. I’m so glad my aspiration to be the next Madonna has persisted.

Pop groups are a youngster’s game. It is not sustainable to follow constant promotion and touring. It’s a trap: I wouldn’t have the stamina for it now, but at this point in your life, you’re not equipped to deal with the pressure.

The stockings to be famous was terribly difficult. I was vulnerable and the tabloids were cruel and heartless. It pushed me to the point of getting sick. I suffered from an eating disorder and depression. I had everything I had ever dreamed of and was hopelessly miserable. It is often forgotten that people in the public eye are human beings.

you must getting to the point where you are ready for help – this is the hardest part in starting to get better. The people around me knew things were wrong, but I was ashamed and saw no way out, so I avoided them. When the time came, it was up to the professionals. Remember this: you deserve a better life. I keep telling myself and others.

The music industry is late on #MeToo, and I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting on my own experiences. But we had power in numbers. No one would dare with one of us, because you should have taken care of all five.

I think i cried today. I do this a lot at the moment. My life right now is constantly overwhelming. Being a mother, having a career, fighting foreclosure. I make music so that I can go out and play, and not knowing how or when I could do it again makes me terrified of the future.

the Spice Girls were a fiery combination. Some personalities – Mel B, Geri – were taller than others, but as we get older and become mothers we have become more respectful. We recently met at Geri’s: no work, just catching up. The conversation turned to the incredible lives we all have. We know that without the other we might never have experienced them.

Melanie C’s latest album, Melanie C, releases October 2

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