I was sexually assaulted the night before our first Spice Girls performance in Turkey, reveals Sporty Spice Mel C

Melanie C has said she was sexually assaulted during a hotel massage the night before the Spice Girls debuted in Turkey.

The 48-year-old singer, whose real name is Melanie Chisholm, spoke to Elizabeth Day about her experience on her podcast how to fail while promoting her upcoming memoir Who am I.

Melanie C, also known for her role as Sporty Spice, said the incident left her feeling “hurt, vulnerable and embarrassed”.

“We were in Istanbul, we did two shows and we had never done a full-length concert before, so obviously we had been rehearsing for weeks,” she said.

“It all led to the culmination of everything I ever wanted to do and ever be.

“What drives me is being on stage, being a performer. So here we were on the eve of the very first Spice Girls show so I treat myself to a massage at the hotel and what happened to me I buried right away because there were other things to focus on.

“I didn’t want to make a fuss, but I didn’t have time to deal with it either. Because I didn’t deal with it at the time, I realized I allowed that to get buried for years.”

The singer said the experience resurfaced in a dream while writing her memoir and she decided to include it.

“I think it’s really important for me to say it and really deal with it and process it, and for other people. Terrible things happen all the time and this situation wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

“In one version of sexual assault, it’s a mild version, but I felt hurt, I felt very vulnerable, I felt embarrassed, and then I wasn’t sure if I understood correctly what was going on.

“I was in an environment where you get undressed with that professional person so there were so many thoughts and feelings and I just thought I want to talk about it because it affected me.”

The former Spice Girl singer’s book will follow her journey from her bedroom in North West England to global recognition with the group.

She is the last member of the group to publish her autobiography.

After the Spice Girls – Melanie C, Mel B, Victoria Beckham, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell – were brought together by an ad in a trade newspaper in 1994, they enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame and became known for their girl power message.

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