Emma Bunton talks Spanx pants, Spice Girls and body issues as she starts as a drivetime presenter on Heart FM
Congrats to Emma Bunton who’s thrilled to have bagged a radio show on Heart 106.2 FM. I hooked up with her for a natter at the studio this week.
As Baby Spice, Emma Bunton was the youngest member of the hottest girl band of the day – but now she admits she can’t stand the sight of sexy girl bands – because their super skinny figures make her green with envy.
She says: “There’s this huge poster of The Saturdays outside my window in the Heart FM studio and they look so young and slim and gorgeous and I had to move it the other day! It made me jealous!”
But in actual fact. Emma 33, doesnt really have much to worry about. The mum-of-one is a toned size 10, but she admits she has to work hard to keep in shape with diets and work outs.
She says she’s self-conscious of her weight and hated looking fat on stage, during the Spice Girls reunion tour just after having son Beau.
Emma bravely took to the stage two years ago just months after giving birth in front of thousands of screaming fans.
But it was a decision she immediately regretted.
She said: “I was insane to go on the Spice tour three months after having Beau. I wouldn’t put myself through it again.
“At the time I was very self conscious about it all. It was awful. I remember being on stage and going numb and thinking everyone was looking at my body and that it wasn’t perfect and I was next to the other girls.
“My mum pulled me aside after two nights and said: “We can see you are not being yourself.” I was just so self conscious and scared of what people were saying.
“From that moment on I had to enjoy it – everyone knew I had just had a baby and as it turned out the tour was the best way to work off my baby weight.”
But the mum-of-one admits a recent Spice Girls outing to see Girls Aloud also brought on a bit of envy.
She said: “Girls Aloud were great. We went back and saw them before the show.
“They are always so made up and gorgeous. I’ve always loved their music.
“They were in their little robes and it made me think how much I love our Spice Girls robes and the thrill of touring. I was jealous!”
But Emma is keen to play down any comparision with Girls Aloud.
She said: “I’m not sure we can be compared. It must be hard for any girl band because people do automatically compare them with us.
“I love Girls Aloud but with our show it was all about fun and we enjoyed every minute. It was more raw and fun. That’s the difference with the girl bands nowadays.”
Emma still has fond memories of her days in the famous Girl Band.
“I bloody loved the Spice Girls,” she says. “We had such a laugh and I guess at the end we all wanted to try different things and sometimes you just can’t go back and try and repeat something.
“Saying that I do put me pig tails in sometimes and walk around being Baby Spice. I loved being with the girls but everyone does have to move on in some way – even me.” she laughs
The Spice Girls have no plans to reform but should Emma need to get back into her Spice outfits, she’d be ready.
She has a furious fitness regime, employs a personal trainer and – in time of need - cheats with Spanx pants.
Emma laughs: “Spanx pants got me through the time after having Beau. They still come out to play now too. They really are good for any occasion!
“Especially if you are like me and get a little bloated on pasta. They’ll hold everything in!”
Not that Emma has that much to hold in – although she’s got a way to go before her abs measure up to her Spice colleague Mel B who recently admitted she does 600 sit-ups to achieve her ripped abs.
“Can you believe she does 600? That’s nuts,” she exclaims. “Twenty sit ups and I’m done but I honestly don’t know how Mel finds the time to work out like she does as a mum of two. I guess she’s always had such a great figure though.
“Sometimes I wish I could be a fitness freak – but it’s not me. I guess as I’m getting older I need to look after myself better.
“I work out with a trainer three times a week and we’ll do a run on a treadmill, a bit of cycling and some weights.
“I don’t follow a particular diet – I’m fairly careful with food and if I want to slim down I’ll stick to fresh fish and salads.
“In the Spice days it was a case of if we had a video coming up I’d be great and diet and work out the week before to trim down.
“Nowadays I feel like I need five months to get prepared for slimming down.” she laughs
Baby Beau, her son with long term boyfriend ex Damage star Jade Jones is 22 months old now, but Emma has no immediate plans to add to her brood.
“I’m not planning another but I definitely want more children. I just want one more but Jade wants a few more.
“I was like: “Hold on, wait a minute.” I’m only just getting my body back and being able to get my mum over to baby-sit so I can go out and have fun so the last thing I want to think about is another baby right now.”
Last year Emma made her mark on television by appearing as Dannii Minogue’s guest mentoring her contestants in the bootcamp stage of X Factor. And like every one else, she was glued to Britains Got Talent – and has a lot of sympathy for Susan Boyle.
“It must be so hard for Susan Boyle being alone and going through all this. I don’t think the show’s to blame at all – it’s down to the person. Some people can deal with the fame aspect and some can’t.
“And she clearly is having trouble. It’s must be a bizarre situation for her because she didn’t realise that first performance was literally going to change her life forever.”
“I think it was easier for us when we found fame. To start with we had a few months of being together before being launched, there were five of us and we could rely on each other.”
Emma is fiercely protective of her private life and would hate to live like her mega star ex-bandmate Victoria Beckham.
She said: “I wouldn’t want to have to deal with having no anonymity like Victoria has to. It’s never been me. I’ve always kept my privacy. Especially with Beau I feel it’s his choice if he wants to be an actor or a star and be in the limelight – not my right to decide. So I have to respect and look after him and keep his privacy.
“Victoria and David don’t have any choice about it now. They are pictured whatever they do and it must be hard.”
Emma and Jade are blissfully happy togetehr but have no plans to dash up the aisle.
“I don’t know if there’ll ever be a wedding. It would be fun I guess but because we’ve been together for this long we feel like we’re already married.
“Jade even calls me the old dear sometimes. It’s like we’re married anyway. Some girls grow up wanting a wedding but I never did. I wasn’t worried. I know if I did then it wouldn’t be a big dress – it would be very slinky and cool”
And in her current shape she wouldn’t even be needing those Spanx…. .
Emma Bunton Presents Friday drivetime on London’s Heart 106.2 and Saturday afternoons from 4pm on the Heart network, starting on Friday 12th June.
Watch me nattering with Emma by clicking here and scrolling down!