Home Dating asia ‘Busy’ Mel C splits from boyfriend Joe Marshall after seven years

‘Busy’ Mel C splits from 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 busy schedules got in the way of their relationship.

The Spice Girls singer had been with music producer Joe Marshall since December 2015 and even made him his manager.

Although the couple share a home in North London with their children from previous relationships, music industry professionals have kept their seven-year romance out of the public eye.

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

An insider told The Sun the split was amicable and “Mel isn’t afraid to be single if she thinks it’s for the best.”

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

Mel C performed at Prostate Cancer UK (Pic: Getty)

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

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

Mel C

Mel C recently attended the Women’s Euro final (Pic:Getty)

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

As well as gaining critical acclaim with the pop group and her solo albums, Mel C has starred in films and musicals such as Blood Brothers and Jesus Christ Superstar, for which she won Best Actress in a supporting role. She has also appeared on TV shows such as The Voice and Gogglebox.

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

Mel C with friends Jade Thirlwall (Little Mix), Jordan Dunn and Amy Jackson (Pic: 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
  • Wealth: $30 million

Mel C tried to keep her relationship with her daughter and now ex-boyfriend Joe Marshall quiet, but spoke to Closer in 2016 after 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 was supportive of me.


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

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

In a recent interview with The Mirror, the Wannabe singer opened up about how the couple protested a Spice Girls reunion with Victoria Beckham.

Mel C said, “You have to manifest these things. I pulled a leaf from Mel B’s book – she always believed we were finally going to make it… if you believe in something strong enough, surely it will eventually happen?!”

Posh Spice and Sporty Spice have a rocky and renowned history, including a major blowout at the 1996 Brit Awards, when Mel C ended up telling his former bandmate to “f*** off.”

However, more recently Mel C roasted Victoria Beckham’s voice during her appearance as a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race UK saying contestant Baga Chipz reminded her but “in a whole lot better”.

For now, tensions have been eased as the band members appear to be reuniting for the Spice Girls’ upcoming album.

Geri Horner (born Haliwell)

Geri Horner became known as Ginger Spice and later married Red Bull Racing Formula 1 manager Christian Horner.

Geri Horner’s sporting world combined with Sporty Spice as the duo met to watch the Lionesses win Euro 2022 against Germany in an impressive 2-1 game, and also celebrated the birthday of Geri this weekend.

Mel C and Geri shared several snaps of the mini-Spice Girls reunion on their respective social media accounts urging “Girl Power.”


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

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

The rumor came as Williams was seen vacationing with Geri Halliwell when he said he had “one left” for being with the whole girl group.

Mel and Joe started 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 dating, Mel made Joe his manager before becoming a music producer.

The couple lived in a house in north London with daughter Scarlet and the two daughters of Joe, who Mel had formed a close bond with from his stepmother.

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

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

Mel decided to leave Starr due to their shared daughter’s happiness.

She said Hello! Magazine: “I’m making big decisions, leaving her dad was hard but I wasn’t happy and she wasn’t happy – it wasn’t the environment I wanted my child to grow up in.”