Pop group, member of the Spice Girls, Mel C has revealed that she was sexually assaulted the day before the group’s very first concert in 1997.
Speaking on novelist Elizabeth Day’s podcast on Thursday, September 15 ahead of the publication of her memoir, ‘Who I Am’, the singer said the assault took place during a hotel massage in Turkey .
“I felt violated. I felt very vulnerable. I felt embarrassed,” she said.
“And then I felt uncertain – did I understand correctly? I was in an environment where you get naked with this professional person.”
The singer, whose full name is Melanie Chisholm, better known as Mel C, said she “buried” the incident “immediately” as she had to focus on the first Spice Girls concert.
“I didn’t want to make a fuss about it, but I didn’t have time to deal with it either.”
She added that not having dealt with the assault at the time allowed her to be “buried for years and years and years”.
It wasn’t until she started writing her memoir, Who I Am, that the memories started to resurface.
“It came to me in a dream, or I kind of woke up and it was in my head. And I was like, ‘Oh, my God, I didn’t even think about having that in my head. book.
“So, of course, I had to think, ‘Well, do I want to reveal this? And I just thought, actually, I think it’s really important for me to say it, and finally deal with it and deal with it.”
She described the incident as a “mild version” of sexual assault and said she wanted to share the details because of the impact it had on her.
“It affected me. But I buried it, and I’m sure…a lot of people do.”
The singer also opened up about the impact of her parents’ divorce and the eating disorder she developed during her time with the Spice Girls.
“I had this idea of what I had to be, to be in this band, to be a pop star,” she said. “I started eliminating food groups [and] being very restrictive with my diet while exercising more and more – to the point of becoming extremely obsessive.
“It went on for years. I lost so much weight that I became anorexic and my period stopped. I always wanted to be a mom, and there I was unable to control this thing that was jeopardizing my fertility.
“It was such a compulsion that I couldn’t stop it.”
However, she overcame the eating disorder and gave birth to daughter Scarlett in 2009.