Emma Bunton has revealed that the Spice Girls are changing a lyric when they head off on tour - so the group can be more LGBT+ friendly. What song, we hear you ask? Well, Scary, Baby, Ginger and Sporty have decided to make the change to the iconic 1996 hit 2 Become 1.
So, instead of hearing “any deal that we endeavour/boys and girls feel good together” fans will now hear, “once again if we endeavour/love will bring us back together.” Speaking in Gay Times, Emma - who has solo album My Happy Place out today - said, ‘We changed the lyrics in a hotel. We were travelling and we were like, “Absolutely, it needs to be changed.” We felt like it needed to be more inclusive.'
The singer further added how thankful she is for her LGBT+ fans, saying, ‘You notice that support—it’s just incredible. Thank goodness we’re living at a time where everyone is supporting each other so much more now. I feel so thankful to them—when I write or when I perform, it feels on such a more open, different level. It’s so much more inclusive and special.’
It follows reports in December that the girlgroup were in talks to change some of their questionable previous lyrics. According to The Sun, they were discussing changing “yellow man in Timbuktu” from hit Spice Up Your Life to “happy people in Timbuktu”. A source told the paper, ‘The reality is it’s not acceptable to say that now. Some of the girls feel uncomfortable getting up on stage and performing that lyric, especially when they have such a diverse and multicultural fanbase. They pride themselves on standing for inclusivity, so they don’t want to run the risk of offending anybody. They don’t want anything to overshadow their reunion for the wrong reasons.’
Their tour kicks off at the end of next month in Cardiff, culminating in three dates at London's Wembley Stadium. It comes after the news that their planned world tour has been thrown into jeopardy following Mel B's claim that her and Geri Halliwell had sex in their heyday.