‘Busy’ Mel C splits with boyfriend Joe Marshall after seven years


Mel C and Joe Marshall have amicably split after a relatively secret relationship

Mel C has reportedly split from her boyfriend of seven years after a busy schedule got in the way of their relationship.


The Spice Girls singer has been dating music producer Joe Marshall since December 2015 and even made him her manager.

Despite the couple sharing a north London home with their children from previous relationships, music industry professionals have kept their seven-year romance private from the public eye.

Mel C, who DJed in Glastonbury, has split from her boyfriend of seven years (Picture: Getty)

An insider tells The sun that the breakup was amicable and that “Mel isn’t afraid to be single if she thinks it’s for the best.”

While a music industry source said: “Mel has had an incredibly busy career between her book deal, DJing and other plans.

Mel C appeared on Prostate Cancer UK (Image: Getty)

“What little free time she has is devoted to her daughter, Scarlet, which doesn’t leave much time for a relationship.”

Mel’s calendar has been busy preparing the Spice Girls’ second album, SpiceWorld, ahead of their 25th anniversary and writing their upcoming autobiography.


Mel C

Mel C recently attended the Euros Women’s Final (Image: Getty)

Known for being one fifth of the award winning Spice Girls as Sporty Spice, Melanie Jayne Chisholm was born in Lancashire to Joan O’Neill and Alan Chisholm. Her parents married in 1971 and separated in 1978 when Mel C was four years old. While in college, Mel responded to an ad on The Stage posted by Chris and Bob Herbert, who wanted to start a new girl group – which would later become the Spice Girls.


In addition to critical acclaim with the pop band and their solo albums, Mel C has acted in films and musicals such as Blood Brothers and Jesus Christ Superstar, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress award. She has also been involved in television shows such as The Voice and Gogglebox.

Throughout her career, Mel has spoken openly about her struggles with clinical depression and an eating disorder, while helping others through charity work and numerous donations.

Mel C with friends Jade Thirlwall (Little Mix), Jordan Dunn and Amy Jackson (Image: Getty)
  • Age: 48
  • Born: January 12, 1974 in Whiston, Lancashire
  • Lives: Hampstead, London
  • Partner: Music Producer Joe Marshall (just separated from)
  • Children: Scarlet, 13, with ex Thomas Starr
  • Assets: 30 million dollars

Mel C tried to keep her relationship with her daughter and now-ex-boyfriend Joe Marshall quiet, but spoke to Closer in 2016 when she had been seeing the music producer for a year.

She said: “He challenges me but respects and loves me. I don’t think I’ve ever been in a relationship where someone has had my back.”



Mel B attends a Women’s Aid launch event (Image: Getty)

Mel C remained in close contact with former Spice Girls bandmate Mel B after the band declared an indefinite hiatus in 2000. She even became an assistant mentor on The X Factor Australia to help Mel B’s team.


In a recent interview with The mirrorthe wannabe singer shared how the couple had manifested a Spice Girls reunion with Victoria Beckham.

Mel C said, “You have to manifest these things. I took a slice from Mel B – she always believed we would finally make it… if you believe in something hard enough, it will surely happen eventually?!”


Posh Spice and Sporty Spice have a well-known troubled history, including a big bang at the 1996 Brit Awards when Mel C finally told her former bandmate to fuck off.

More recently, however, Mel C toasted Victoria Beckham’s vocals when she appeared as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, saying contestant Baga Chipz reminded her of her, but “much better”.


For now, tensions have eased as the bandmates appear to be reuniting for the upcoming Spice Girls album.

Geri Horner (née Haliwell)


Geri Horner became known as Ginger Spice and married Christian Horner, the boss of Formula 1 Red Bull Racing.

The sporting world of Geri Horner connected to Sporty Spice as the couple met to watch the Lionesses win Euro 2022 in an impressive 2-1 game against Germany, while also celebrating Geri’s birthday over the weekend.


Mel C and Geri shared several snaps from the mini Spice Girls reunion on their respective social media accounts to spur on girl power.



Mel C dated pop star Robbie Williams in the 1990s when both singers were at the height of their fame.

Mel was in a relationship with the Angels singer for a month but had to deny claims he slept with all but one of the Spice Girls when asked in an interview with Closer.


The rumor started when Williams was spotted on holiday with Geri Halliwell, saying he had “one left” for having been with the entire girl group.

Mel and Joe began dating in December 2015 at a time when Joe was a fitness trainer and Mel was on the judging panel for Asia’s Got Talent and working on her second album.


During the seven years of their relationship, Mel made Joe her manager before becoming a music producer.

The couple lived in a north London house with their daughter Scarlet and the two daughters of Joe, with whom Mel had developed a close stepmom bond.

Thomas Starr and Mel C share a 13-year-old daughter Scarlet (Picture: Getty)

While Mel C has had a number of relationships, perhaps the longest has been with businessman and real estate developer Thomas Starr, which lasted nearly a decade before they split in 2012.

Mel decided to leave Starr based on the happiness of their daughter together.


she said Hi! Magazine: “I make important decisions, it was hard leaving her father, but I wasn’t happy and she wasn’t happy — it wasn’t the environment I wanted my child to grow up in.”