The wait is finally over for Geri Halliwell’s die-hard fans.
After 12 long years, the Spice Girls alum has finally released a new single, “Angels In Chains”, her touching tribute to her close friend, the late George Michael.
Halliwell teamed up with Michael’s former producer and backing band for the ballad, which premiered Monday morning on BBC Radio 2.
In sitting down for an interview with Billboard, the former Ginger Spice opened up about the emotional process behind the single. “It made me realize that the power of each other, coming together, we can heal each other by just being open,” she told the magazine.
Halliwell also plans to pay tribute to the late singer by donating all proceeds from the sale of the single to Childline — a U.K. charity offering helpline services to youth. “George gave all the proceeds of his record ‘Jesus to a Child’ to Childline, and so I’m gonna do the same [with] the proceeds that I make from this single. So something good will come of it,” she added.
And it certainly wouldn’t be a complete interview without a look back at Halliwell’s Spice Girls days. With the 20th anniversary of “Spice World” coming up shortly, the former Ginger Spice took a look back at the 1997 comedy. “It was brilliant to have that caliber of actors to be in our funny movie,” she said, after raving about Alan Cumming. “When you have an idea in your head and then you see it come to life — that was just amazing.”
Memories from her time on set, however, appeared to be spoiled by her sudden weight gain after too many trips to the set’s catering table. “I think filming movies are fattening because you have craft services. You’re about to go on camera and you want to look your best, but then there’s a tower of donuts or something. I just remember putting on so much weight filming ‘Spice World’. I was so bloated by the end.”