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Mel C says she was banned from dating when she joined the Spice Girls

Melanie Chisholm has revealed how in the early days of the Spice Girls she was banned from dating – while her bandmates were free to pursue romance.

The singer, better known as Mel C, spoke to Australia’s The Project about her new autobiography Who I Am on Tuesday, saying while Melanie Brown, aka Mel B, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham are at the peak of their relationship were The glory of the girl group she wasn’t.

“Looking back, it struck me that there was a rule for one and another for the other, right?” said the 48-year-old.

“I think if you’re vulnerable too, people leave, I don’t think it’s good for you.”

Mel said the rule for the other women is, “She’s fine, she can have a boyfriend, she’s okay with having a boyfriend, she’s strong enough, but you’re not.”

“You question yourself when you’re already vulnerable,” Mel added.

Elsewhere in the interview, Mel opened up about her ill-fated romance with Robbie Williams, which took place around 1997 – and admitted he was “not nice” to her when they were an item.

“He apologized to me and a lot of water got under the bridge and we’re absolutely fine and have been for many, many years,” she said.

Mel admitted the pop star has yet to read the chapter in her memoir detailing their tryst.

“We’re doing a show together in a few weeks, so I might have to tell him to read the chapter!” she said with a laugh.

In her memoir, Mel writes about how Williams left her heartbroken after he “misbehaved” with her.

The singer opened up about how the Take That star carried her on and then “abruptly” dropped her, which broke her heart.

Mel claimed Robbie “followed” her and then quickly moved on, but added that she doesn’t have any bad feelings towards him now.

The singer also recently revealed that she hopes to reunite with all five Spice Girls for more shows as they are reportedly set to headline Glastonbury.

The band, who broke up in 2000 before briefly reuniting in 2007, reunited for a tour in 2019 – but for the first time it was a quartet as Victoria chose not to return.

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