Geri Horner, the artist formerly known as Ginger Spice, has caused Spice Girls controversy by calling Victoria Beckham the father of the band.
Victoria, 49, also known as Posh Spice, is most unimpressed, not to say baffled, by the comment.
The comment came after the interviewer asked which band member was Geri closest to which caused the media trained queen to avoid the question with great skill, she said: ‘Emma, I feel the most protective of, I always have.
‘Victoria and I parent the band together — she is father, I’m mother.
‘Mel C was my best writing partner ever.
‘Melanie B is a brave warrior standing next to you. They’re all brilliant in different ways.’
Elsewhere in the interview with The Times last weekend, Geri said that she asked novelist William Boyd (Any Human Heart, The Romantic) for his help with her Rosie Frost manuscript after meeting him at a Buckingham Palace reception.
He told her to rewrite the whole book. ‘Giving him that draft was like giving Humpty Dumpty to Mozart,’ she said.
However it seems not everyone shares her fizzing enthusiasm for her new career… as a novelist.
Geri, 51, is keen to sell the TV or film rights to her new book for children, Rosie Frost And The Falcon Queen. It took her an astonishing nine years to write it and it’s being published in October by Penguin.
However, it’s not proving easy to get anyone to believe in the story of her heroine, an orphan who attends a school for extraordinary teens on a mysterious island.
I hear she has spent at least a year unsuccessfully knocking on doors. Netflix was wooed – and said no thank you. Other big players have also apparently politely declined.
Whether that’s got anything to do with Geri wanting to write the adaptation herself is not clear.
Geri previously released a six-book series about a heroine called Ugenia Lavender for younger readers, co-written with author Rian Hughes.
Before that, she was in the Spice Girls… the best-selling female group of all time.