Spice Girls: Then and Now
GERI HALLIWELL (GINGER)
THEN: The flame-haired Halliwell shocked the world when she announced she was quitting the band on the eve of the Spice Girls' 1998 North American tour.
NOW: As a new mom (Bluebell Madonna was born in May 2006; Dad is screenwriter Sacha Gervasi), Halliwell, 34, signed a deal in April to write a series of six children's books, which features a
character based on a bandmate – Princess Posh Vatoria.
EMMA BUNTON (BABY)
THEN: The youngest Spice, Bunton really was babied by her bandmates. "She was still living at home," Melanie "Sporty" Chisholm told PEOPLE last year.
"We always felt that extra protection for her."
NOW: Bunton, 31, released a U.S. solo album, Free
Me, in 2005 and is working on a second while expecting her first child, due in August, with boyfriend Jade Jones. "I guess I will be handing over the 'Baby' tag now
to a deserving little new owner," she said in a statement.
MELANIE BROWN (SCARY)
THEN: The first Spice Girl to marry and become a mom, Brown gave birth to
daughter Phoenix Chi (with then-husband Jimmy Gulzar) in February 1999. She
and Gulzar split a year later.
NOW: After a stint in Rent on Broadway, Brown, 32, moved
to Los Angeles and released the album L.A. State of Mind. Lately her focus has been on her 2-month-old, Angel Iris – who she says DNA tests show to be the daughter of Eddie Murphy.
MELANIE CHISHOLM (SPORTY)
THEN: Known for her onstage backflips and powerful pipes, Mel C. was the
first Spice Girl to release a solo album, 1999's double-platinum Northern
NOW: Chisholm, 33, started Red Girl Records
(named after her tendency to blush) in 2004. The next year she debuted an
edgier sound – and look – with a smash CD (in Germany, Austria and Switzerland), Beautiful Intentions. In April she released her
fourth solo album, This Time, in the U.K.
VICTORIA ADAMS (POSH)
THEN: Posh was the "quiet" Spice Girl – until she married soccer star David
Beckham in 1999. At their wedding, guests danced to Spice Girls hits played
by an 18-piece orchestra.
NOW: Style icon
Victoria Beckham, 33, is an entrepreneur with her own fashion line and a reality special, Victoria Beckham: Coming to
America, premiering July 16 on NBC. Plus, she'll be doing it all in a new home – she's moving sons Brooklyn, 8, Romeo, 4, and
Cruz, 2, to L.A., where Dad will play for the Galaxy soccer team.