Victoria Beckham has revealed why she ultimately chose to leave the Spice Girls. The singer and businesswoman released several albums with the pop group, which swept the world by storm in the 1990s, but eventually reached a point where a decision needed to be made: continue performing or call it quits. In a letter to herself for British Vogue, the 46-year-old star wrote of the moment she realized it was time to go out on her own.
"Remember years ago, watching your dear friend Elton John on stage in Las Vegas," she wrote. "He performed 'Tiny Dancer', as if it were the first time, and you realized this was like oxygen for him. It was a life-changing moment — while singing and dancing was fun for you, it wasn't your passion."
Beckham recalled how, after that show, she knew it was time to discover her own dreams.
"It was time to step away from being a Spice Girl," she continued. "For the first time, you were venturing out on your own, and it was terrifying. It was scary to close a chapter that defined you."
Since her days as "Posh Spice," Beckham has built a solo fashion empire and become a fashion icon around the world. Looking to the future, Beckham said she was excited for the next chapter of her life.
"First, you found this passion in fashion, and most recently, beauty. What comes next? I'm dying to know," she wrote.
The Spice Girls ruled the pop scene from the early '90s to 2000 before taking an extended hiatus. They reunited briefly for a world tour in 2008 and made an appearance at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony.
In 2019 the band embarked upon a reunion tour, but Beckham did not join the other members — Melanie Brown ("Scary Spice"), Emma Bunton ("Baby Spice"), Geri Halliwell ("Ginger Spice"), and Melanie Chisholm ("Sporty Spice").
In a 2019 interview with NME, Beckham shared why she opted out of the tour.
"It took me a lot of courage not to go on tour with the Spice Girls again, but to be the one who says, 'You know, I’m not doing it because things feel different now than they used to,'" she said. "I’d rather concentrate on my family and my company."
Beckham said she was "very happy to be the woman I am" now.
'I’m not trying to change, I want to be the best version of myself," she said. "Before I turned 40, I wasn’t that confident. I learned to listen to my gut feeling."
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