Mel B‘s grandmother said her body piercings were the cause of evil spirits.
The Spice Girls star has opened up about visiting her “Black grandma” — an affectionate term she used for her father’s mom — in the Caribbean during the band’s heyday and admitted she didn’t react well to some of her style choices.
She told Gal-dem: “She’s very much the matriarch… She took one look at my piercings and tried to throw some holy water on me.
“She was like: ‘You cannot have piercings!’ She was not having it, she was trying to take it out, telling me if I pierced myself I’m going to let in the bad spirits!
“I think I had a White boyfriend at the time. I don’t even think she acknowledged him, she was like: ‘Mmm, really?!’ ”
It turns out Mel’s grandmother also wasn’t the biggest fan of the “Wannabe” hitmakers, and she was sure to give her honest assessment when she heard their music for the first time.
The 43-year-old singer recalled: “I remember when I did go and see her once. And I’d just got into the Spice Girls, and our No. 1 single had just been released, and I remember going over there giving her a CD and playing it really loud, and she was like, ‘What is all this noise?’ ”
Next year, she will be back on the road with her bandmates — Mel C, Emma Bunton and Geri Horner — for a UK stadium tour.