Sunday, May 31, 1998 Published at 17:39 GMT 18:39 UK
It's official - Geri (middle) is waving goodbye
Geri Halliwell - Ginger Spice - has left the chart-topping Spice Girls.
But the Fab Five are the new Fab Four, with the remaining members vowing to go on.
About 30 journalists gathered outside the offices of Lee & Thompson and tension mounted as the clock ticked past the deadline.
Mr Turton read out a statement which he said was written by Geri.
"Sadly I would like to confirm that I have left the Spice Girls. This is because of differences between us. I'm sure the group will continue to be successful and I wish them all the best."
The announcement ended: "PS, I'll be back."
The group are due to play 40 dates in the United States, beginning in nine days time, followed by a charity concert in Rome and four dates in Britain.
After the statements were read out, Mr Edwards and Mr Turton went back into the building and declined to answer further questions about the split.
It remains to be seen whether this is the beginning of the end of Britain's most successful band since the Beatles, or whether they can each shrug off the differences and move on to greater things.
Fans waiting nearby could not agree, with some saying they could survive the loss, but others having a warning for the other four.
"As far as I'm concerned Geri goes, the Spice Girls go" suggested one, adding that Geri was the "mother hen."
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