Former Spice Girls star Melanie Chisholm, more fondly known as Mel C, has revealed she was sexually assaulted the day before her first ever Spice Girls concert.
The singer, 48, opened up about the experience in her new autobiography, Who I Am: My Storyrevealing that the assault took place at a hotel in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1997 when she was 23.
“It happened to me on the night before the first ever Spice Girls live performance,” Chisholm writes, per the daily mail
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“We were in Istanbul, we did two shows over there, and we’d never done a full-length concert before, so obviously we’d rehearsed for weeks ahead, custom fittings, make-up,” she continued.
“Everything was leading towards the pinnacle of everything I’d ever wanted to do and ever wanted to be.”
She revealed that the incident occurred when she decided to get a massage at the hotel.
Of the experience, the singer recalled: ”I was in an environment where you take your clothes off with this professional person. It affected me.”
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Chisholm said that after the incident, she instinctively tried to “bury” the memory.
“What happened to me, I kind of buried immediately because there were other things to focus on. I didn’t want to make a fuss, but also I didn’t have time to deal with it.”
As a result, Chisholm confessed the memory haunted her for “years and years and years”.
The Wannabe singer called the assault “a mild version” but says she still felt “violated”.
“I felt very vulnerable. I felt embarrassed, and then I felt unsure. ‘Have I got this right, what’s going on?'”
Who I am: My Story is out in Aussie bookstores on Wednesday, September 21.
If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or speak to one of their helpful counselors at www.respect.gov.au. In an emergency, call 000.
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