Spice Girl Melanie C: Sexual assault before the group’s debut concert
Spice Girl Melanie C
Sexual assault before the group’s debut concert
Spice Girls singer Melanie C has revealed a sexual assault that happened the night before the group’s first concert.
The autobiography “Who I Am: My Story” by singer Melanie Chisholm (48), also known as Mel C or “Sporty Spice” from the iconic girl group Spice Girls, will be released in Great Britain on September 15th. Chisholm was recently guest on the How To Fail With Elizabeth Day podcastto promote her book. On that occasion, the singer revealed that she was sexually assaulted by a masseur in Istanbul before the Spice Girls’ first live concert in 1997.
After the assault, Mel C felt ‘hurt, very vulnerable and deeply ashamed’
The singer, who is also successful as a solo artist, vividly describes the events of that time in the podcast. The attack took place “in an environment where you take off your clothes in the presence of a professional”. The evening before the first Spice Girls concert, for which the group had been rehearsing for weeks, wanted to Chisholm then relax with the massage when the incident happened.
Melanie C did not make the attack public 25 years ago
At the time, she didn’t have the time to deal with the sexual assault and didn’t want to make a fuss about it. But the singer said she felt “hurt, very vulnerable and deeply ashamed” afterwards. Chisholm added that “this situation was not as bad as it could have been”. The terrible incident then came back to her in a dream while she was writing her memoirs, and she decided to include the event at that time in the book.
In her autobiography “Who I Am: My Story”, Chisholm describes her turbulent life as one of the most famous pop stars on the planet, and also addresses personal life crises such as her eating disorder and mental problems.