Geri Halliwell wishes she’d never tried to chase “cool” feedback from radio stations.
The British singer, who now goes by the surname Horner after wedding Red Bull Formla One boss Christian Horner in 2015, enjoyed huge success as one fifth of super girlgroup the Spice Girls.
She also set the charts alight with her solo material, though her last effort, 2005’s Passion, failed to win over critics.
“That I didn’t release a song called Love Never Loved Me (from Passion),” she told Britain’s Grazia magazine when asked her biggest regret. “It was about how hopeless I felt in that department. I swapped it at the last minute for a track that I thought radio stations would think was cool, but that never works.”
Prior to tying the knot, Geri had numerous high profile relationships, including a fling with Robbie Williams, Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst and British comedian David Walliams. She also has daughter Bluebell, 10, with screenwriter and director Sacha Gervasi.
The 43-year-old has finally found her Prince Charming though, and admits happiness is the best beauty secret – something she wishes she’d learned 20 years ago.
When quizzed on the biggest misconceptions of her, Geri has to laugh with the response she sometimes gets.
“People expected me to be a 5ft 9in RuPaul drag queen when I was in the Spice Girls, but I’m tiny. Now people say, ‘You’re much prettier in real life’. I’m not sure if that’s a compliment,” she smiled.
She also revealed her biggest life lesson, sharing: “I’ve wasted so much time trying to fine-tune who I am, but there’s something so freeing about being kind to yourself and saying, ‘Actually, I’m enough. This is going to have to do’.”