You’re Not Going to Believe Mel B’s Story Behind How the Spice Girls Got Their Stage Names

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Alright ‘90s kids, get ready for a blast from the past, because it’s officially been 23 years since the Spice Girls graced us with their presence debuting their single “Wannabe.” Feeling old yet?

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Yes, this may come as a shock to most, including Melanie Brown, who pretty much looks exactly the same as she did way back then. She’s now the mother of three girls, the oldest being 18! (FAINT) It seems like just yesterday we were collecting all those Fantasy Ball lollipop stickers. (By the way Mel, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want -- all of your skincare secrets!)

So, how did the Spice Girls get their fun, (and shall we say… descriptive?) names anyway? “It was a lazy journalist that couldn’t remember our names!” says Mel. “She said, that one’s sporty, that one’s posh, and that one’s definitely scary because she’s really loud -- the names just stuck, and we didn’t mind that!”

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Now that Mel’s put her “scary” days behind her, she’s moved back to the stage, but this time it’s on Broadway. She now stars in the hit show “Chicago” playing the role of Roxie Hart. While she’s used to being center stage, what she is not used to is speaking with an American accent. Her daughters were born and raised in the US, so they have American accents and frequently help coach their mom with hers. Watch the hilarious clip above as she struggles to speak a line from “Chicago” sounding “American.”

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