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The Diary Of A CEO with Steven Bartlett

E179: Mel C: The Harsh Reality Of Being In The World’s Biggest Girl Band


Mel C is a singer and ‘Sporty Spice’ from the Spice Girls, through her solo career and her time with the Spice Girls she’s sold over 100 million records, making her one of the best selling musical artists of all time. 

Every single one of those records was against the odds of coming from a council estate near Liverpool, derogatory labels in the press calling her ‘Sumo Spice’, and music industry management that didn’t believe in her and sought to objectify her. 

But she persevered and helped to build the biggest girlband of all time, as well as one of the most successful solo careers of any group member ever. The world is so glad she did because, as this conversation shows, she has so much to contribute when she’s let free to do things her way.


  • Early years
  • Dancing
  • Not being taken care of a a child
  • Discovering singing & joining the spice girls
  • receiving horrible comments
  • The come up of the spice girls
  • The pressure being in a girlband
  • Turning into a robot
  • Depression
  • Life after the spice girls
  • Coming back together as the spice girls
  • Wheres your line in sharing stuff
  • The impact of your parents relationship on you
  • The last guests question 




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