During an interview with The Guardian published on Saturday, the singer and fashion designer opened up about her decision not to join bandmates Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Mel B and Melanie Chisolm on the upcoming reunion tour.
“I’m sure when they are on stage, a part of me will feel a bit left out,” Beckham, 44, said. “Because a part of me will always be a Spice Girl.”
After months of rumors and speculation, the ’90s Brit Pop legends announced in November that they will embark on a stadium tour starting on Jan. 25. The six-date trek, which is currently slated only for the United Kingdom, will mark the first time the group has reunited since their high-profile turn during the closing of the Olympic Games in London back in 2012.
When asked whether she would make a cameo appearance on stage, or even appear in hologram form, Beckham said, “No. Definitely not.”
“What I do now is my passion and a full-time job,” she continued. “I’m excited to see it, though.”
At the same time that the tour was first announced in November, Beckham released a statement saying she would be unable to participate due to other business commitments, including her fashion line.
“Being in the Spice Girls was a hugely important part of my life and I wish my girls so much love and fun as they go back on tour,” she said. “I know they will put on an amazing show and the fantastic fans past and present are going to have a wonderful time!”
During an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show in November, Chisholm said that the group “never actually asked” Beckham if she wanted to go on tour because they “just presumed” she wouldn’t.
In The Guardian interview, Beckham also talked about managing life in the public eye with her husband of 20 years, David Beckham, 43, and their four kids — Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and Harper, 7.
“People are interested in my personal life,” she said. “And sometimes that works in my favor and sometimes it’s things that I don’t like. I’m not going to let it get me down.”
When the kids were younger, Beckham said she would tell them that the photographers followed them because their grandparents missed them and wanted to see pictures of them.
“It was a way of explaining it to them when they were too young to understand,” she said. “They are used to it now. They’ve all grown up with it. They understand that they have to act in a responsible way because of it. But they will make mistakes — we all do. And theirs will be in the public eye.”
Despite the fact that David owns a newly-launched Major League Soccer team in Miami, Beckham said the family has no plans to relocate to the States.
“It’s a fantastic city, and David and I are partners in every business venture that we have,” she said. “We have made some great friends there and socialize with their families, so we will go regularly. But the kids are happy at school, we are close to our families and we love being in London.”
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Beckham also addressed having to deal with constant speculation about the state of her marriage and the breakup rumors.
“It can get quite frustrating,” she said. “But I leave it to my PR team. I don’t get involved.”
She later added: “You do have to be quite controlling because people do believe what they read, and when it’s completely fabricated, that’s really annoying.”