I was not surprised at all to read Victoria's comment. Every interview that any of the Spice Girls have been in (most recently it has been Victoria and maybe Emma), the one big question asked pertained to "what lies in the future for the Spice Girls." The answer always had an indefinite feeling to it. It was always either "right now, we are concentrating on our solo careers," or "the Spice Girls have no plans to make music right now, but maybe in the future." The way I see it, and I know this might sound cruel, but the girls were just buying time to think about how to let down the fans easily. Victoria, on the other hand, just threw it at us like a rock.
I see it like this. A music group is like a car. Once it comes out of the showroom, it depreciates in value. As the car gets older and more used, it depreciates more in value. This isn't true always for all bands. Some will drop their value fast, while others will lose it slowly. A music group, on a general note, will depreciate in popularity as they go on. For instance, the album Spice sold 21 million copies. The second album, Spiceworld, sold 17 million. They depreciated in popularity to the fans a bit. When Geri left the group, it was like a car that got into a terrible accident, and it left the car with little value left. The first album that the girls did without Geri, Forever, sold 4 million copies. You do the math. 21___17__Geri leaves________4. Depreciation is exactly what happened with the Spice Girls.
However, on a more positive note, I don't think that the Spice Girls have broken up yet, whether that be officially or unofficially. If they were to really break up, they would definitely make an official statement to make it truly official. It wouldn't be that one member just happens to blurt out a statement like that in the middle of an interview. Victoria's comment was bold and unexpected just like Geri's departure from the group. However, when Geri left, she also left an official statement. Also, hasn't it been known for the Spice Girls to say things during interviews at times which become utterly misconstrued? For instance, do you remember Melanie C's statement about a year ago when she said that she was "having fun doing her own thing and that she had no plans to work with the Spice Girls at the moment." Didn't that reach the news the next morning with headlines like "Mel C leaves Spice Girls," or "Sporty follows Ginger," or "And then there we! re three," etc.? The press has a tendency to jump the gun when they hear things, as I think we as people do sometimes. Who knows? Maybe Victoria was under a lot of stress and wasn't feeling in a very ambitious mood and just decided to say something she didn't mean. Maybe she didn't quite mean that the Spice Girls would NEVER work on new music ever again. Maybe she meant that in the near future, they will not be working together.
Hey, the Spices have proved us wrong many times. Once Geri left, everyone assumed that the Spice Girls would end their world tour right where they stood. But they did not end it there. Everyone assumed that the girls would never have a hit single again. But Goodbye and Holler / Let Love Lead The Way were both number ones. Everyone assumed that the Spice Girls would never come out with another album. But they came out with Forever in November 2000. Maybe they will prove wrong our assumptions again. We'll have to wait and see.