The Spice Girls are saying goodbye much earlier than anticipated.
According to a news release from the group's label EMI, the in-demand pop stars will close their world tour at the end of February, citing "family and personal" reasons.
"We’ve had such an amazing time over the last three months," said the Spice Girls in a statement (we figure they dictated the note in unison). "It's been incredible being back together and seeing our fans again. We want to thank everyone who came to see us… Really sorry if we didn’t get to see you this time round. We all have other commitments in our lives now but who knows what will happen next."
The statement teases that the group will be reviewing "options" and muses, "who knows what the future might bring!"?
Rumours have been circulating that the group has been offered a huge offer from EMI to record another album, despite the fact that their comeback single "Headlines (Friendship Never Ends)" disappointed on the UK charts.
Regardless, the Girls will not be performing as planned in Australia, Argentina, and China.
After playing in the U.K. and the U.S., the Spice Girls will close their tour in Canada — after opening it there in Vancouver on Dec. 2 — a final two-night stop in Toronto ending on February 26.
About Robert J. Ballantyne
Robert J.Ballantyne is a senior editor at Popjournalism and Creative Director at Artsculture.ca. Previously, he was a journalist at the CBC on a number of news programs including the fifth estate, Marketplace and The National. He also worked as a staff writer at the Toronto Star.