Geraldine Estelle Horner as she is known now, is better known as Geri Halliwell or “Ginger Spice” from her time in the cult all-female pop group the Spice Girls. Born on August 6, 1972, Halliwell, now 45-years-old, was part of the Spice Girls during their most successful period, a period that sold them sell more than 75 million records. It is thought that Halliwell amassed a massive $40 million fortune during her final two years with the Spice Girls.
Before embarking on a musical career, Halliwell worked as a dancer in a nightclub in Majorca and as a presenter on the Turkish version of “Let’s Make a Deal.” Halliwell also spent some time working as a glamour model and appeared in the British tabloid The Sun when she was 19-years-old. Some of Halliwell’s glamour shots appeared in Penthouse and Playboy when she found fame with the Spice Girls. 1994 was a year to remember for Halliwell because she answered an advertisement in The Stage magazine for an audition for what would eventually become the Spice Girls. Approximately 400 women answered the call but it was Halliwell along with Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, Victoria Adams (now Beckham) and Emma Bunton who would be the chosen quintet.
The Spice Girls enjoyed phenomenal success and became the biggest selling all-female band of all time, which made it even more of a shock when Halliwell announced that she was leaving the group. The first official announcement about Geri’s departure came on May 31, 1998 and stated Halliwell was leaving the Spice Girls due to depression and differences between the group. Halliwell then embarked on a solo career one year after leaving the Spice Girls. Her debut album, “Schizophonic” spawned several number ones including “Mi Chico Latino,” “Lift Me Up, “Bag It Up” and the lead single “Look at Me.” The album went on to sell approximately 600,000 copies and peaked at number four in the UK album charts.
Two years later, in 2001, Halliwell released her second album entitled “Scream if You Wanna Go Faster.” The album sold 200,000 copies and peaked at number five in the UK album charts. One of the songs on the album was a remake of the Weather Girls; “It’s Raining Men,” which was used on the soundtrack to the film “Bridget Jones’s Diary.” The album sold 1,300,000 copies worldwide.
It wasn’t until 2004 when Halliwell released more music and she looked at other areas of her life, including writing children’s books for Macmillan Children’s Books. As of 2016, Halliwell was working on her fourth studio album and is said to be reuniting with the Spice Girls for a short comeback tour where the group will sing their old hits. Halliwell married Christian Horner, the Team Principal of Red Bull Racing Formula One team, in May 2015. They have a son together called Montague George Hector Horner. Halliwell is the stepmother to Horner’s daughter Olivia, while Horner is the stepfather to Halliwell’s daughter Bluebell Madonna.