Spice Girl Emma Bunton has revealed intimate particulars of her touring years, telling how she was “lactating heavily” whereas on stage.
Bunton, who is best often called Baby Spice, was performing on the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles as a part of the Return of the Spice Girls tour in 2007, when she was left in an unlucky wardrobe dilemma.
In an extract from her guide Mama You Got This, she informed how she had given delivery to her son Beau simply 4 months earlier which led to an outfit emergency and her associate Jade Jones coming to the rescue backstage.
“I have memories of lactating quite heavily during one of my first performances on that tour, at the STAPLES Center in LA,” she stated.
Our costumes had been designed by Roberto Cavalli, who Victoria knew, and oh my goodness they had been stunning.
“But stage costumes are different to evening wear. These were heavy, highly structured pieces (they had to withstand quite a lot of activity!) and there were frequent changes
I remember it happened during Say You’ll Be There I was wearing a rose-gold dress with an empire line and a high neck, with gold lamé that was quite close-fitting over my boobs.
“I had to get through a whole other track, Headlines, just hoping nothing was showing.
“As it ended I came running off stage screaming at Jade, ‘Babes, get the pads! Get the pads!”
Thankfully, nevertheless, it appears the material on her designer outfit had saved her from embarrassment on stage.
“Luckily, as it turns out, gold lamé isn’t very porous and most of the milk had just drizzled down my stomach,” she stated.
“But anyone looking close enough would definitely have been able to spot wet patches on my boobs during that number.”
The singer laughed it off on the time, however, in hindsight, she feels she wasn’t prepared for to be performing and touring so quickly after giving delivery.
“I can look back and smile about it now, but when I look at the pictures I also see a woman who really wasn’t ready to be throwing herself into that kind of physically demanding regime,” she stated.
“I simply hadn’t understood the huge processes that my body would be going through after birth and, in particular, how breastfeeding would require so much energy.
“They say it burns around 300 calories a day, which I’m sure it does, because it takes a lot of power and strength to keep producing all that nutritious milk.
“To try to combine that with an energetic stage tour and sleepless nights was, with the benefit of hindsight, not a great idea. There were a lot of tears and a fair amount of self-recrimination.”