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Why I could not turn my back on the girls; Mel C on the Spice reunion.

Byline: By MARTIN THOMAS

MEL C told how she reluctantly agreed to the Spice Girls reunion after the other four said they would go ahead without her.

Whiston-born Sporty Spice, 33, was last to agree to the comeback tour and took some persuading.

The Liverpool FC fan said: "The girls approached me and said they were getting together to do a world tour, a greatest hits album and a big goodbye.

"And I was like 'Oh no'. It was the last thing I wanted to hear."

She told Closer magazine: "All four of them had spoken about it and it was set in stone.

"They basically said if I wanted to do it, great, but if I didn't want to do it then they were going to do it anyway. So I was like 'Wow, what do I do?'

"I always said I'd never do it. But I didn't want to miss out and have regrets.

"I also didn't want to be the person that stopped it being the complete five - 1 was scared I'd be the villain. It was hard, so I didn't say yes immediately."

Mel added: "The thought of singing Wannabe makes me cringe. But I know I'll love doing it once we get going."

While the other girls - Geri Halliwell, Mel B, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham - may want to bring out a new album if their reunion proves successful, Mel C is adamant that she won't.

"I will absolutely be returning to my solo projects when the Spice Girls are over in February," she said.

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