Spice Girl Mel C. Expecting First Child

08/22/2008 at 03:00 AM ET

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Despite past reports that her life doesn’t include babies in the near future, Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm, aka Mel C., is pregnant with her and longtime boyfriend Thomas Starr‘s first child, she has confirmed. Writing on her website on Friday, Melanie, 34, shared,

Some happy news! Well, I can announce that Tom and I are expecting a baby and we are very happy. As I am sure you’ll understand, we needed time to wait for results and tell our families. Thank you for all you kindness, good wishes and support (even if it was based on speculation!).

The baby is believed to be due in late winter. Melanie’s slight belly at a performance last week had sparked rumors that she was possibly expecting.

This will be the eighth child in the Spice Girl family! Victoria Beckham has Brooklyn Joseph, 9, Romeo James, 5 ½, and Cruz David, 3 ½, Melanie Brown has Phoenix Chi, 9 ½, and Angel Iris, 16 months, Geri Halliwell has daughter Bluebell Madonna, 2, and Emma Bunton has Beau Lee, 1.

Source: Melanie C; Photo by O’Neill/White/INF.

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Eva on

Wow, this comes totally out of the left field.
but nevertheless, congratulations.
Now all the spice girls are going to be mommies.
if there’s another tour I’m sure, it’ll be fun.

Chloe on

Well, that one was a surprise! Many congrats to Mel and Thomas x

Claire on

zaraB on

Very unexpected news, but very exciting to read! It’s so great that all the Spice Girls will be mothers now. I do hope they tour again soon, as they scraped the Australian leg of their reunion tour… :(

blackrose on

yaaay congrats !! i was obsessed with the Spice Girls when i was young! so iam happy to see them all have babies! cant wait!:D

Judy on

Wow! This is amazing. I am so glad she waited until she was ready instead of having children when “everyone” else was having them. She will make a great mother..

Gabrielle on

Honestly, I’m getting tired of people making ‘announcements’ that they are either trying (a la jerry o’connell) or don’t want children anytime soon (with Mel C) when they ARE PREGNANT.

Obviously she’s not making this announcement at 20 days pregnant, she knew she was pregnant when she made her previous comment. Something like “We aren’t actively trying, but if a blessing were to make it’s way…” or even “we’re rolling with the punches and whatever happens happens.”

Elizabeth on

Yay! I’m very excited to hear this. Now all the Spice Girls will be mums. As a long-time fan, it’s so exciting to see all their families grow.

Sanne on

Spice up your life Thomas & Melanie ;-)! Congrats!

meghan on

I’m not surprised. She has been talking about being a mom someday for years. Congratulations!

ellen on

good for her!

Summer on

Congrats to lovely Melanie and Thomas! :)

Renee on

Congrats to the happy couple. This will be one cute baby.

ttcnomore on

Wow!!!! This is awesome news. Congrats and we’ll probably be due date buddies.

courtney on

Yay, I am so excited for her!!! She was my favorite spice girl and I can’t wait to see what her little one will look like!!!

Dawn on

Congrats to Mel and her boyfriend! :) Wonderful, wonderful news!! :)

Melissa on

Maybe she was trying to throw people off because I read a blip recently that said that children weren’t in her future. Congratulations nonetheless.

Meg on

I love the Spice Girls, all of them. Congrats to Mel C and Thomas!

Annemarie on

Melissa I thought the same thing, but I just reread that post thats linked at the beginning here and she just says no babies in the “near future.” Guess it was nearer than we thought haha.

Nora on

i had a hunch…
Congrats to Melanie and Thomas!!
She will be a wonderful mum!

mummyof2 on

awwww that’s just wonderful! congrats to her!

MB on

I’m so excited for them! She was my favorite Spice Girl (I even dressed as her for Halloween once, when I was much younger and my friends and I decided to do a group costume) and I think it’s so cool that we’ll be due around the same time!

ma74 on

waow.that’s unexpected.Congratulation!!

Stephanie on

Congratulations to them! I will admit I was a bit obsessed with the Spice Girls back in the day. It is amazing to me that they are all moms now.

Michelle on

Congratulations to her. How exciting! :) Eight babies between them — it will be quite a crowd if they tour again. :)

Dawn on

I am so happy to hear this news!!! You go Mel!

Stéph on

Congrats Mel! So happy for ya!
Can’t wait to hear the name, as the other Spice Girls kids have unusual names. Can’t wait to hear that one!

Congrats!

terri on

Well this is surprising news! I don’t know why, but I thought that she didn’t date men? I don’t know where I heard that. But anyway, congratulations!

Gelareh on

Didn’t she just say she doesnt want babies? But good for her, she was my favorite spice girl.
Go Melanie :)

Mystie on

I think as somone else said that she just said she didn’t want babies just to throw everyone off. Congrats to her and Thomas. I can’t wait to see what this one looks like. The others have really cute kids so no doubt this one will be too.
I do hope they tour again someday too.

zaraB on

CBB – I wish you’d start using the term ‘longtime partner’ instead of ‘longterm boyfriend’. After six years together, I think he’s more than a ‘boyfriend’!

Annemarie on

I feel like people must only read half the articles. What the previous one said is that she didn’t want kids IN THE NEAR FUTURE. She says she will have them eventually(quote below). I think she was just throwing them off her trail.

“The 34-year-old loves kids and believes that “it’s great” that the other Spice Girls are moms, but she says “we all have different paths in life, and mine doesn’t include babies right now.”

Even though she isn’t feeling broody at the moment, she knows that “at some point babies will be part of my future, but I don’t think there’s anything wrong with feeling happy without them.””

lb on

Aww, that is GREAT news!! When I saw a Spice Girls concert live in February, I felt bad for her when everyone else brought their kids on stage (and it was the show where Cruz was breakdancing, so everyone was talking about the kids!) .. I hope everything goes well for her!

Brianne on

Congratulations, Melanie and Thomas! As a devoted SPICE GIRLS fan, I’m SOOOO excited for her! I know she’ll be a brilliant mother, and I can hardly wait to see a picture of the little one!!!

Olivia on

I am a huge Spice Girl fan, so I was soooo hapy to see that she is having a baby. She is my favourite Spice Girl..

jasmine on

Awesome news! Congratulations!

Olivia on

i wonder if it ia girl or boy and what she will name him or her

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