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This Day In Pop: Geri Halliwell Quits The Spice Girls

Before Camila Cabello, Zayn Malik or any of the other members that left this generation’s pop collectives, there was Geri Haliwell and the cry heard around the Spice World.

Geri Halliwell announced her departure from the Spice Girls on May 31, 1998.

Two decades ago, Ginger suddenly decided to quit the band, citing depression and differences between her bandmates as the reason for her exit. As fate would have it, the British singer and her longtime sisters (minus Victoria Beckham) would return to the pop scene for a celebratory reunion tour almost twenty years since the controversy erupted across magazines and newspapers. In our latest installment of This Day In Pop, BreatheHeavy decided to turn back the hands of time to revisit the dreaded day when Ginger Spice announced that she was leaving behind Mel C (Sporty Spice), Victoria (Posh Spice), Emma B (Baby Spice), and Mel B (Scary Spice).

Towards the height of the late ‘90s pop explosion, the biggest girl group of the time imploded and it was a shake-up that ruled the media. You don’t become one of the most-talked about stories of the year without good reason. Days prior to an official announcement, Victoria reportedly received a call from the group’s lawyer, Andrew Thompson, with news that Ginger decided to quit the act. “No, this is serious, Victoria. Geri is leaving the band. She’s had enough. She doesn’t want to come back,” Thompson told her. Posh thought it was a joke, but she was dead wrong.