51 Facts About Geri Halliwell


Geri Halliwell rose to prominence in the 1990s as Ginger Spice, a member of the girl group the Spice Girls.

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Geri Halliwell left the Spice Girls in 1998, citing exhaustion and creative differences, but rejoined when they reunited in 2007.

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In 2010 and 2012, Geri Halliwell was a guest judge on the seventh and ninth series of The X Factor UK and in 2013, she was a judge on the seventh series on Australia's Got Talent.

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Geri Halliwell has written two autobiographies, including If Only, and a series of children's novels, including Ugenia Lavender.

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Geraldine Estelle Geri Halliwell was born on 6 August 1972 at Watford General Hospital in Watford, Hertfordshire, the daughter of Ana Maria and Laurence Francis Geri Halliwell.

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Geri Halliwell's mother is Spanish, hailing from Huesca, while her father was of Swedish, English and a "bit of French" descent.

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Geri Halliwell's paternal grandfather was Swedish, though born in Korsnas, Finland.

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On 31 May 1998, Geri Halliwell announced through her solicitor that she had left the Spice Girls due to depression and differences between the group.

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Geri Halliwell's action aroused controversy, her former group being due to embark on a North American tour, which they eventually completed without her.

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Geri Halliwell is portrayed as a patronising moron who stalks and has delusions about marrying Michael.

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In 1999, one year after leaving the group, Geri Halliwell launched her solo career and released her debut album Schizophonic, with the lead single "Look at Me", produced by Absolute and Phil Bucknall.

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Geri Halliwell was nominated at BRIT Awards ceremony in 2000, for Best British Female Solo Artist and Best Pop Act, she performed "Bag It Up" during the show, emerging between giant inflatable legs, ripping off her shirt and walking in stiletto heels over the backs of topless pink-haired men whilst performing the song.

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In 2001, Geri Halliwell followed up with her second album, Scream If You Wanna Go Faster, the album peaked at number five in the United Kingdom and sold 200,000 copies there and was certified gold.

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Geri Halliwell released a special French edition of "Calling", titled "Au Nom de L'amour".

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In 2002 Geri Halliwell was nominated at the BRIT Awards, this time for Best British Female Solo Artist and Best British Single for "It's Raining Men".

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In late 2004 Geri Halliwell made a return to music with the single "Ride It", which reached number four in the United Kingdom and number one on the dance charts.

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Geri Halliwell planned her first solo tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, but due to lack of ticket sales, compounded by the label's pressure on Geri Halliwell to record additional songs, led to the cancellation of the tour.

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Geri Halliwell's recording contract with EMI was not renewed and she stated that she was not interested in recording another album at that time and was content with writing children's books and motherhood.

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In February 2012, Geri Halliwell announced that the fourth album was being mastered.

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In October 2012, Geri Halliwell made her first solo performance in seven years at the Breast Cancer Care, debuting a new track called "Phenomenal Woman".

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In January 2013, Geri Halliwell claimed that she had decided to shelve the album she had finished to continue writing and recording, moving in a different style direction.

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On 5 September 2013, it was confirmed by Channel 9's NRL Footy Show that Geri Halliwell would be performing a world exclusive of "Half of Me", her first solo single in nearly eight years, at its grand final show.

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Geri Halliwell then took to her official blog to write about her upsetting experience back in the music business and hinted of possibly retiring for good.

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In November 2020, Geri Halliwell debuted an original YouTube series, Rainbow Woman, which she wrote, directed and served as an executive producer.

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The series features Geri Halliwell taking part in series of vignettes that follow her on different adventures.

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In 1999, Geri Halliwell wrote the autobiography If Only, in which she described her life as a Spice Girl.

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Geri Halliwell donated the profits made from the sales of her autobiography to a Breast Cancer charity.

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On 12 April 2007, it was announced that Geri Halliwell had signed a six-book deal with Macmillan Children's Books.

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In 2010, Halliwell partnered with British retailer Next to create a swimwear collection named "Geri by Next".

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In 1998, Geri Halliwell became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Population Fund.

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In 2000 Halliwell appeared in the two-part documentary series Geri's World Walkabout for the BBC, which followed her work with the UN and other travels.

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On 25 October 2015, the Mail on Sunday reported that Geri Halliwell had been in talks with the Department for Education with a view to establishing a free school in north London, scheduled to open in 2018 and specialising in the arts and business.

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Geri Halliwell was definitely the original Spice Girl rising from the greengrocer's daughter to Prime Minister.

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Geri Halliwell said in 1996 that Tony Blair was "not a safe pair of hands for the economy".

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Geri Halliwell has released two yoga DVDs with her yoga teacher Katy Appleton, Geri Yoga and Geri Body Yoga.

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In late 2002, Geri Halliwell was featured alongside Pete Waterman and Louis Walsh as a judge on the television series Popstars: The Rivals, which created Girls Aloud.

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Geri Halliwell appeared in the film Crank: High Voltage alongside her friend, actor John Damon, and on the BBC One's The One Show on 7 May 2009.

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In 2010, Geri Halliwell stood in for Dannii Minogue as a guest judge on The X Factor at the Glasgow auditions alongside Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl, and she returned again as a guest judge in 2012 at the Liverpool auditions this time stood in for Kelly Rowland who replaced Dannii Minogue the year before alongside Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos.

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Geri Halliwell guest presented an episode of The One Show in October 2015.

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Geri Halliwell appeared on episode three of the 2016 series of Sport Relief Bake Off.

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In March 2017, Halliwell presented the BBC Two documentary Geri's 90s: My Drive to Freedom as part of the BBC Music: My Generation series.

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Geri Halliwell guest presented an episode of This Morning in August 2017 with Rylan Clark-Neal.

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Geri Halliwell gave birth to a daughter, Bluebell Madonna, in May 2006.

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The child's father is screenwriter Sacha Gervasi with whom Geri Halliwell was in a relationship in 2005; Victoria Beckham and Emma Bunton are godmothers.

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Geri Halliwell began dating Christian Horner, the team principal of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, in February 2014.

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In October 2016, Geri Halliwell said that Horner and she were expecting their first child together.

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Geri Halliwell gave birth to her second child, a son, named Montague George Hector Horner, paying tribute to late friend George Michael, on 21 January 2017.

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Geri Halliwell is stepmother to Horner's daughter, Olivia, from his previous relationship.

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Geri Halliwell later adopted Daisy, who survived life-saving liver surgery aged just six months old, as seen on Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs.

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Geri Halliwell has spoken out about her experiences of bulimia, saying that she came close to death, weighing just 7 stone, and was advised by Robbie Williams to seek medical help.

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Geri Halliwell became a Christian after she previously self-identified as an agnostic.

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