INTERVIEW: Emma Bunton

Posted by Dean Piper On December 10th, 2012

Thousands of women dressed up as Baby Spice over the years – so it’s only fitting Emma Bunton keeps a well stocked fancy dress cupboard full of her original outfits for family members to raid.
But it’s not just family who try to get into the fancy dress vault – This Morning’s Holly Willoughby tried too.
Emma, 36, laughs as she reveals: “I’m a fancy dress shop these days. I still have all my original Buffalo boots and most of my outfits. I had Holly around mine a while back and she was desperate to dress up in some of the outfits. She kept saying, ‘don’t let me in there – I’ll never come out’ so I would only let her have a peek. I feel like we need a Spice Girls night at mine where we get a bit tipsy and try on all the outfits.
“Next time the girls come over I think we should have a dress up session. I’ve got a niece and some cousins who are getting into Spice Girls music and they called me recently because they were doing a show at school and wanted to do Spice Girls. One of my nieces borrowed my Buffalos.”
After announcing her engagement to boyfriend of 11 years Jade Jones two years ago, Emma Bunton admits she’s still no closer to getting hitched.
The singer, who lives with chef Jade and their two sons Beau, five, and 19-month-old Tate, laughs: “We had an amazing engagement party at home last year and had everyone over for dinner, but I have no idea when we’ll get married.
“The problem is I’m terrible at organising – I couldn’t arrange a p***-up in a brewery! We’re both Aquarians and we’re very much ‘take each day as it comes’. So who knows? I mean, one day we might elope and decide to run off. Or just do it in the garden. But then again it might not happen.”
The blonde singer, who says she’s beginning to firm up plans for a musical comeback as a solo star, has admitted she can hardly remember the glory days of the band hen they were at the height of their fame traveling the world.
She’s suffering from Spice amnesia. She explained: “I had just come straight out of college to join the Spice Girls. It’s gone very fast and it’s only just recently that I’ve been able to start enjoying everything fully and start taking things in. It’s hard for me to remember anything about when we were just getting started. I couldn’t even process anything because it was so crazy.
“It was complete madness and hard work. It was planes, hotels and jetlag. And it’s probably only since the reunion tour four years ago that I’ve really been able to enjoy myself. I can process things now and enjoy memories but God knows where we went on the first time around. I literally have no idea.”
She added she regularly gets embarrassed when people remind her of situations they got themselves in. She says seriously: “Oh don’t. I feel so bad sometimes when I’m asked about what we did, where we went, who we met and I honestly don’t have a clue. Being a Spice Girl was the biggest blur.”
Emma also took the chance to stand up for band mate Victoria Beckham after she was widely criticised for her solemn appearance at the Viva Forever musical launch. “Victoria bloody loves being a Spice Girl,” Emma says. “She just does. It makes me laugh because she can’t win. Look back at her in the old days and she never smiled – she pouted. It’s one of those things that will never ever change. The thing about her is she’s probably got one of the best senses of humour out of us all.”

VIVA FOREVER! opens tomorrow at the Piccadilly Theatre – for more information!

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