Geri Halliwell was once the biggest female solo act we had in the UK - you don’t get 4 #1 singles by accident. The media loved her and she loved them.
But then for some unfathomable reason it was cool to hate on the Spice Girls and for whatever reason Geri was dismissed as a joke that couldn’t sing. The irony of course being that she has 11 UK #1 singles and was a judge on Popstars: The Rivals
, which produced the next big girl band.
She faded away, renounced music, wrote some kids books and tried her hand at TV again. A few years ago she almost had the X Factor judge slot, but failed her audition (which was a guest spot). She annoyed everyone, rambled and was edited to basically make her look crazy.
She has largely stayed out of the public eye since, but has tried a music comeback with a 4th solo album (which leaked and was amazing), And TV projects - a few documentaries and now a Saturday night entertainment spot.
She isn’t a huge star on her own, but I do think she’s more respected now than she was even 5 years ago. She’s grown up a lot, got married, had another kid and took up baking (which like everything, she’s literally thrown herself into).
She might be more Gingerbread Spice than Ginger, but I still love her. I met her once - I asked if I could shake her hand then fanboyed out and pulled her in for a hug