Spice Girls singer Melanie Chisholm (identified within the group as Sporty Spice) stated she was sexually assaulted by a masseur earlier than the lady group’s first-ever efficiency. Chisholm writes concerning the incident in her new memoir, Who I Am, whereas she additionally spoke about it on an episode of the How to Fail podcast. 

The Spice Girls made their stay debut on Oct. 12, 1997, in Istanbul, Turkey, and Chisolm stated the assault occurred at a lodge the day earlier than. On How to Fail, Chisholm opened up about all the joy she felt within the lead-up to that large live performance and the way that adrenaline helped her push the assault to the facet after it occurred. 

“We’d by no means executed a full-length live performance earlier than, so clearly we’d rehearsed for weeks forward, costume fittings, make-up, hair, all the pieces was resulting in the top of all the pieces I ever needed to do, and ever needed to be,” Chisholm stated. “What drives me is being on stage, being a performer. So right here we had been, the eve of the primary ever Spice Girls present, so I deal with myself to a therapeutic massage within the lodge, and what occurred to me — I sort of buried, instantly, as a result of there have been different issues to concentrate on.” 

Chisholm stated she “didn’t need to make a fuss” but in addition felt that she didn’t “have time to take care of” what had occurred due to the upcoming present. That resolution, she acknowledged, allowed her to bury the incident for years, and it wasn’t till she wrote Who I Am that it got here again to her.

“It got here to me in a dream, or I sort of awakened and it was in my thoughts,” she stated. “And I used to be like, ‘Oh my gosh, I haven’t even considered having that within the e book.’ Then, after all, I needed to suppose, ‘Well, do I need to reveal this?’ And I simply thought, really, it’s actually vital for me to say it, and to lastly take care of it and course of it.”


While she didn’t go into particulars of the assault, Chisholm continued, “I suppose, in a model of sexual assault, it’s a gentle model, however I felt violated. I felt very susceptible. I felt embarrassed. And then I felt not sure — have I bought this proper? What’s happening? I used to be in an setting the place you are taking your garments off with this skilled particular person. So there have been so many ideas and emotions, and I simply felt, you already know what, I do need to discuss it as a result of it has affected me. But I’d buried it, and I’m certain plenty of women and men do.”

Chisholm will publish Who I Am — which shares a reputation together with her 2020 single — tomorrow, Sept. 15.

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