Page last updated at 09:56 GMT, Friday, 22 August 2008 10:56 UK

Spice Girl Mel C expecting baby

Melanie Chisholm
Mel C has also enjoyed a successful solo career

Spice Girl Mel C is expecting her first baby, she has revealed.

Sporty Spice - real name Melanie Chisholm - who has been with her partner Thomas Starr for six years, is the last band member to have a child.

Fellow Spice Girl Melanie Brown has two daughters, Victoria Beckham three sons, Geri Halliwell has one daughter and Emma Bunton has a son.

The 34-year-old singer revealed the news on her website, adding it was "happy news".

New album

She said: "Well, I can now announce that Tom and I are expecting a baby and we are very happy.

"As I'm sure you'll understand we needed time to wait for results and tell our families.

"I will be taking it easy but am also excited to start writing for the fifth album.

"I will need to take some time off to be a mum but, before you know it, we'll be back."

In an interview published just three weeks ago, Chisholm said: "Don't mention the 'B' word! Everybody asks whether I'm going to be next or whether I'm trying at the moment.

"I hate to disappoint people, but the answer is 'no'."

Last year Chisholm joined her Spice Girl bandmates for a reunion world tour.

Spice Girls: Old vs New
20 Dec 07 |  Entertainment
Mel C gives Spice Girls go-ahead
15 Jun 07 |  Entertainment

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific