Mel B reveals dramatic moment Geri quit the Spice Girls

Mel B revealed her anger and sadness at Geri Horner when Ginger Spice walked out on the band – on her birthday.

Mel was devastated and had no idea Geri wanted to leave until they went to go on stage and could not find her in their hotel.

But for Scary Spice, the thing which really upset her was that she had no idea about what was upsetting Geri or why she did not come to speak to the group before leaving.

She said in a panelist appearance on Loose Women: "What bothered me was not the fact she left, although that did upset me of course, but the fact she didn’t come to me. I’m one of her best friends, I mean all of them we have strong friendships.

"And that bothered me more than anything, she didn’t feel she could talk to me. She was just gone."

Mel said the band were "frantic" as they thought something terrible had happened, but later they discovered Geri was dealing with eating disorders and could not see another way out, though this was spoken about "way after" her initial departure.

Mel continued: "She was nowhere to be found. [I thought she’d been] kidnapped or something. We searched for her in the hotel and we couldn’t find her, and she’d got herself on a flight and gone back to England… due to her crisis of horrendous eating disorder and felt no way out.

"We found out she had gone back to England and we went into overdrive mode to do the show, I was trying to call her the whole time.

"We didn’t find out why until way after. We’ve had those conversations over the years and she does put it down to the fact she didn’t see any way out of it and didn’t want to be on stage pretending to be happy.

"But for the friendship it was just horrendous for me."

Mel said she felt "angry and then sad" over the situation, but each of the bandmates dealt with the issues in a different way.

She added: "We’re all about our sisterhood and Girl Power so to think that one of our sisters got that bad to remove herself was really daunting."

In May 1998, Geri announced she would be saying ‘Goodbye, my friend’ to her singing colleagues after four years in the band, which left the remaining foursome concerned for the future.

The band then went on an indefinite hiatus in 2000, before they reformed in 2007 for a short amount of time.

But Mel has revealed the band will be reuniting once again for a series of concerts.

Loose Women airs weekdays at 12.30pm on ITV.

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