It's the 20th anniversary of Geri Halliwell leaving the Spice Girls

On May 31, 1998, Geri Halliwell shocked the world by announcing she was leaving the Spice Girls. TWO DECADES AGO!

The news came in the middle of their world tour, following increased speculation about Halliwell’s status in the group after she missed two concerts in Norway and the BBC’s National Lottery Show.

Up until that point, the Spice Girls — made up of Halliwell (Ginger), Emma Bunton (Baby), Melanie Brown (Scary), Victoria Beckham (Posh) and Melanie Chisholm (Sporty) — had seemed inseparable.

“Sadly I would like to confirm that I have left the Spice Girls. This is because of differences between us,” Halliwell said in a statement read by her rep, Julian Turton, at the May 31 presser in London in 1998. “I’m sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best.”

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