02/15/2008 AT 8:00 AM ET
Planning to catch the Spice Girls on the next go-round? Don’t hold your breath!
That’s the pessimistic prognosis from Geri Halliwell (a.k.a. Ginger Spice), who tells Billboard magazine that a reunion tour “probably won’t happen ever again.”
The group’s Return of the Spice Girls World Tour finishes in Toronto on February 26 and that, she said, “is the last time you will ever get to see this Girl Power, the five Spices on the stage as one.”
But would Halliwell – who notoriously split with the all-girl group in May 1998 – officially rule out performing again, if it’s, you know, what fans really, really want?
“What this reunion taught me is you can never say never,” she told the music publication. (In fact, there is already speculation in the U.K. press that the Girls could regroup for longtime-fan Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday this summer.)
Disputes Reports of In-Fighting
The comeback was “an experience of a lifetime,” Halliwell added, disputing reports that the reunion was terminating early because of in-fighting among the five members.
“Actually it’s gone on longer than planned,” she insisted, “because we thought we were only going to go to the end of January. After February everybody had commitments – kids had to go back to school and that. So we had to leave places out that we would have loved to have gone to.”
In May, the flame-haired singer takes her talent from the stage to the page, when she publishes a new children’s book – whose main character is named Ugenia Lavende. Halliwell calls her a “a rebirth of girl power.”