GERI Halliwell has revealed she was targeted by the Admiral Duncan nail bomber who planned to assassinate her on stage at the Brits.
Ahead of her first solo performance, the Spice Girl was formally warned by police not to perform – but fearlessly refused to pull-out.
Geri Halliwell defied a terror threat to perform her first solo gig at the Brits[/caption]
Cops intercepted plans by homophobic terrorist David Copeland, jailed for life in 2000, to shoot Geri live on stage because she was “friends with George Michael”.
The singer says: “It was before my first ever performance as a solo artist that he issued me with a death threat.
“He threatened to shoot me, and hated the fact I hung out with the gays, and was friends with George Michael.
“He hated me for camping it up, for loving the gays and for being friends with George. I told him to do one.
Homophobic terrorist David Copeland planned to shoot Geri live on stage because she was ‘friends with George Michael’[/caption]
“Scotland Yard were involved, and the police had to come round to my house, to warn me officially.
“They said they had to give me the freedom to choose whether I performed or not, but that they advised me to pull out of the ceremony.
“But I said ‘I’m sorry, I’m not going to be bullied by this’.
“We are judged by what we do, not what we say – and I will always stand with my friends.
David Copeland was jailed for life in 2000[/caption]
“It’s about spirit, not sexuality – I feel so protective of any person who has had prejudice against them.”
The brave star went on to perform memorably at the Earls Court Exhibition Centre, belting out Bag It Up, flanked by a suitably camp gaggle of glitter-covered back-up dancers.
Cops, and extra security, were called in on the night, off the back of Geri’s death threat.
Refusing to be kowtowed, she gamely emerged on stage from the top of a grand staircase, strategically positioned between a pair of giant inflatable legs.
Three people died and 70 were hurt in Copeland’s nail bomb attack at gay pub the Admiral Duncan[/caption]
Geri, 48, was famously best pals with the late superstar, and even named her young son, Montague George, after the singer.
The Wham! frontman, who died on Christmas Day four years ago, supported Geri after she quit the Spice Girls in 1998.
David Copeland was given six life sentences in June 2000 for three counts of murder and three counts of causing explosions in London in order to endanger life.
During 13 days in April 1999, he caused explosions in Brixton, south London, Brick Lane in east London and Soho, central London.
He hated me for camping it up, for loving the gays and for being friends with George. I told him to do one
The final blast – containing 1500 nails – went off at the gay pub the Admiral Duncan and killed Andrea Dykes, 27, who was pregnant, and friends John Light, 32, and Nik Moore, 31, from Essex.
He was tried at the Old Bailey in 2000 for murder after the prosecution refused to accept his plea of guilty to manslaughter on the grounds that he was suffering a mental illness – paranoid schizophrenia.
In 2011 he lost his appeal to reduce his minimum jail term of 50 years.
When not defying terrorists, Geri has remained the ultimate proponent of Girl Power – the Spice Girls’ original catchphrase.
Geri was famously best pals with late superstar George[/caption]
Now a devoted mum of two, married to F1 boss Christian Horner, she worked tirelessly as a UN Goodwill Ambassador after quitting Britain’s most successful girl band.
The artist formerly known as Ginger Spice works for various charities behind the scenes, and last week secretly visited the Whittington hospital in north London, to hand out surprise packages to frontline nurses.
In the midst of a pandemic, the NHS is a cause close to her heart.
She says: “When I was nineteen years old I discovered a lump in my breast.
“It was a frightening experience, and I was put in a ward with lots of different kinds of women at the Watford general hospital.
“This is when I first discovered the wonderful NHS, they were kind and reassuring, and held my hand throughout.
“Thankfully the result was benign – but from that day on, I really felt huge gratitude towards our health system.
“I was then reminded of the brilliant NHS when I had Monty, who is now three; I received great support from a NHS mid wife called Tallulah, who was just adorable and hard working.
Geri is now married to F1 boss Christian Horner[/caption]
“She was very humble and I know she was struggling in life to pay her bills – she hasn’t had a pay rise in seven years.
“It makes me so sad because I feel like all carers like Tallulah, who work so hard for us, need to be rewarded and cared for.”
Geri admits two people close to her have battled coronavirus, including one colleague who had to be hospitalised and “almost died”.
Fittingly for a self-confessed ”friend of the gays”, Geri recently launched her “Rainbow Woman” brand and YouTube channel.
My wardrobe is like looking at the French Alps – a vast expanse of white
Some of her visit to the nurses will be shown on next weekend’s show, whilst this weeks episode sees the star waterskiing – a sport she first took up when having her heart broken a few years ago.
While the rainbow is the commonly used flag of the gay community, Geri says the name reflects “every colour within, the way the world embraces everyone.”
While Geri previously insisted she’d never had any therapy, she is a big believer in self-help books.
After asking me about my own pathetic lovelife, and telling her I am relatively newly single, she earnestly tells me “Rejection is God’s protection.”
Geri admits two people close to her have battled coronavirus[/caption]
When we meet, Geri is dressed head to toe in her trademark white.
Over the past 15 months, it has become her signature sartorial look.
“My wardrobe is like looking at the French Alps – a vast expanse of white,” she laughs.
“I have gone through stages of wearing all black but then I just thought, well, I quite like cream and white.
Over the past 15 months, trademark white has become Geri’s signature sartorial look[/caption]
“Then I started buying more and more of it, and if you start buying something in any one colour, it becomes one less thing to think about. I really recommend it to anyone – it’s really easy.
“Everything becomes really simple. I like the colour, and it’s like wearing a school uniform as an adult.
“It matches with everything and I literally don’t have to think in the mornings. It’s great for busy people – it kind of looks like you’ve made an effort when you haven’t.”
Her dry cleaning bill, she insists, “is not so bad”.
Geri has been open about her previous battle with bulimia[/caption]
Geri, who memorably stole the show at the 1998 Brit awards with her infamous Union Jack minidress, has been open about her previous battle with bulimia.
Her obsession with weight and dieting came about during her time with the Spice Girls – made up of Victoria Beckham Emma Bunton, Melanie Brown and Melanie Chisholm – and at her skinniest she weighed around seven and a half stone.
Today, she remains size 8 slim – but healthily so.
She credits learning the art of moderation – and sleep – for helping her stay so balanced, and has ditched the hardcore exercise regime of yesteryear.
Nowadays, her most extreme habit is tea-drinking – “I have six cups a day!”
She adds: “I don’t believe in extreme dieting, that doesn’t work.
“It’s all about balance – all the basics, and the boring stuff: eight hours of sleep, good balanced meals, and exercise that isn’t abrasive.
“You can try all the treatments, and the creams, and they might work help a little bit, but fundamental basics are that it’s an inside job.
‘HONORARY SPICE BOY’
“I very rarely weigh myself, I try not to go down that road of excessiveness, and I see exercise now as more of an escape, a relaxation.
“For me now, it’s more about relaxing yoga positions.”
After springing to fame as one fifth of the Spice Girls – who sold over 90 million albums worldwide – Geri has gone on to have a hugely successful solo career.
She remains in touch with all members of the group, and they have an active WhatsApp group.
Geri infamously pinched Prince Charles’s bottom at a Royal Gala event[/caption]
Two decades after infamously pinching Prince Charles’s bottom at a Royal Gala event, and later referring to him as an ‘honorary Spice Boy’, she has gone on to become pals with members of the royal family including Prince Harry.
So what does she make of Netflix’s controversial drama, The Crown, the latest series of which portrays Charles as a heartless philanderer.
“I watched a little bit of it but I feel uncomfortable doing so,” she explains.
“These people are still alive. There’s something about it which doesn’t sit right.
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“We have a lot of choice, there are a lot of other amazing programmes out there we could be watching.
“It’s beautifully shot but I don’t connect with it.
“I feel it’s someone’s mother, is that right that it should become someone’s entertainment?”
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