Having previously revealed her own battle with bulimia, former Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm says she wants to make sure that her daughter Scarlet grows up with a healthy body image.
“Our children are growing up in a very different environments to the ones we knew,” Mel C tells the Daily Telegraph. “I want to instill good values – hard work, self-esteem – in Scarlet. I don’t want her to get caught up in body image too early. We’ve got all our adult years as women to beat ourselves up.”
Melanie, who is these days starring on the London stage in Jesus Christ Superstar, hopes her daughter also avoids her own infatuation with body art. Admitting that she has a “love-hate relationship” with her 11 tattoos, the singer says, “I really hope Scarlet doesn’t get any when she’s older.”
Mel reunited with her Spice Girl mates last month, putting on a headline-grabbing show at the closing ceremonies of the London Olympics.
“I was thinking to myself, ‘I’m a 38-year-old woman and mother, how can I morph into Sporty Spice and start leaping around in a tracksuit?’” she laughs. “But you know, once Wannabe [the Spice Girls’ debut single] started, I was just back in the zone again and it felt utterly natural.”