Spice Girls reunite for first time in four years for launch Viva Forever musical

The Spice Girls put their rumoured differences behind them today to appear together for the first time in four years, for the launch of their new musical, Viva Forever.

Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell were all smiles, while Victoria Beckham showed off her trademark pout, in London today as they got ready for the official launch.

But behind the scenes, all is reported not to be well between the girls, who have not pictured all in public together since their reunion tour in 2008.

According to the Daily Mail, the five-piece agreed to appear together for today's 2pm press launch, as well as the opening night of the musical.

But the Spice ladies apparently won’t be giving joint interviews for an upcoming documentary about their rise to fame, or be reuniting as a girl group, in the way that other groups such as Steps have done.

This is despite the fact that some of the Spice Girls stars recently spoke of their desire to perform as a group together, with Mel B venting her frustration at not being asked to perform as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

At the time she Tweeted: “Makes me sooo sad spice girls wasn’t part of the Queen's Jubilee, break my heart big time, I was so up for it, watched some of it on TV, amazing!”

Mel C also told the Daily Mirror that she'd be upset if the group was excluded from the Olympics, saying: "I'd be really upset if the Spice Girls weren't included in the Olympics, whether it be the opening or closing ceremonies or any other playlists, because I think we absolutely represented Britain in the 90s.

"We literally flew the flag - and Geri even wore it - around the globe."

Despite any rumoured problems, the girls said they were thrilled to see each other to work on the "exciting" project at today's Viva Forever launch.

Geri said: "We've all got children now and I think that's something else that has united us. Our musical Viva is really about being a mum, children, family, joy and fun - and that's what we have in common now, being mums."

Since their Spice Girls heyday, the singes have all pursued other interests. Victoria Beckham has become the most famous, carving out a hugely successful career as a fashion designer and media personality, while Emma Bunton has worked as a TV presenter and was formerly a judge on Dancing On Ice.

Mel C has continued her singing career and will also join upcoming talent show Superstar as a judge, while Geri Halliwell also launched a solo singing career, and was most recently a guest judge during the X Factor auditions.

Mel B has starred on a number of factual and reality TV shows, and is one of the faces of weight loss company Jenny Craig.

Now the girls will work on thier first joint project together in many years. Created by Mamma Mia producer Judy Craymer and written by comedienne Jennifer Saunders, Viva Forever tells the story of a girl named Viva who competes in a reality TV contest, with the show featuring 18 of the Spice Girls biggest hits.

Viva Forever is expected to open at the Piccadilly Theatre in London just before Christmas this year.

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