Spice Girl Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisolm has reportedly split from her partner of seven years, Joe Marshall.
The fiercely private music star has kept her relationship with music exec Marshall, who has also served as her manager, largely under wraps – few photos of them together have been published.
But it’s understood the couple had for some years lived together in North London, co-parenting Melanie’s teenage daughter Scarlett, 13, alongside Marshall’s two children from a previous relationship.
Scarlett is Chisolm’s daughter from her previous longtime relationship, with ex-partner Thomas Starr. The pair split in 2012 after a decade together.
The Sun quotes a source as saying that Mel – who tours regularly as a solo artist and has her first memoir out next month – found it too hard to juggle the relationship with her career commitments.
“Mel has an incredibly busy career between her book deal, DJ-ing and other plans,” The Sun’s source said.
“The little free time she does have is devoted to her daughter Scarlett, and that doesn’t leave much time for a relationship.”
The source said that the split was “amicable” and that Mel is “not afraid to be single if she thinks it’s for the best”.
Melanie C is undoubtedly the most private of the five Spice Girls when it comes to her love life, largely keeping her personal life under wraps since a string of romances with high-profile musicians in the late 90s and early noughties.
Mel briefly dated Robbie Williams, had a relationship with Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman Anthony Kiedis that inspired a song on their album Californicationand also had an on-again, off-again relationship with former Five boy band star Jason ‘J’ Brown.
Meanwhile, Melanie’s Spice Girls bandmate Mel B makes her return to Australian TV tonight as a judge on the season premiere of The Masked Singer. Speaking to news.com.au ahead of the new season, Mel B opened up about her life as a Spice Girl – and whether the group’s long-rumored first Australian tour might ever hit our shores.