GERI HORNER turned her back on solo music to launch her own kids’ books in 2008 – and now history is repeating itself.
I can reveal the Spice Girls star has trademarked the term Rainbow Woman as the title for an upcoming range of children’s fiction, instead of relaunching her solo singing career.
Geri Horner has trademarked the term Rainbow Woman as the title for an upcoming range of children’s fiction[/caption]
The name has been claimed for use in books and merchandise, including clothes, and even for a TV series and film.
It is thought to be a nod to the rainbow flag used by the LGBTQ+ community.
‘Girl power legacy’
It will be Geri’s big return as an author after her first kids’ novel, Ugenia Lavender, sold 250,000 copies in just five months when it was released in 2008.
But it’s also the clearest sign she has no plans to release more solo songs, having been left devastated when a series of tracks destined for an unreleased fourth album leaked online in 2016.
A source close to Ginger Spice said: “Rainbow Woman will build on the Spice Girls’ ‘girl power’ legacy but will also celebrate diversity and LGBTQ people, which she has long been a supporter of.
“Geri is all about love and acceptance so it’s important for that to be at the centre of everything she does.
A source said: ‘Rainbow Woman will build on the Spice Girls’ ‘girl power’ legacy but will also celebrate diversity and LGBTQ people’[/caption]
“She recently filed legal documents to protect the name Rainbow Woman and has been hard at work on the project.
“The plan had been for the first book to be out later this year, in time for Christmas.
“Things have been thrown up in the air a bit due to lockdown but she has made great progress.”
Biz on Sunday told in March how Geri was at the centre of a £1million bidding war with publishers keen to sign her after the success of her last series of books.
Geri with her fellow Spice Girls, but hopes of more solo music seem to have been dashed by her book plans[/caption]
The novels are sure to cement her as one of the biggest LGBTQ+ allies, having previously performed at London’s G-A-Y club night and won Attitude mag’s Honorary Gay award in 2016.
But while there are unlikely to be more tunes from her on her own, I’m confident she’ll be back up on stage with her old bandmates before long.
Saddle do nicely for Lily
LILY JAMES seems to be having the same issue I have at the moment where she can’t pick the right clothes for the weather.
The Mamma Mia! 2 actress was snapped here scantily clad but with a warm coat hanging off her. Her outfit choice was for the latest edition of Shape mag, which was released yesterday, in which she gushed about how exercise has helped her through lockdown.
She said: “Without the normal structure of working life, I have to create my own schedule to keep myself motivated. I have found that starting my day with exercise is the key. When I work out regularly, I immediately feel the benefits. It’s exciting to be empowered by that and it’s a domino effect.
“Naturally, I start eating better and stop drinking so much wine. I also just started cycling again. I cycled everywhere when I moved to London, until my bike got stolen. Recently I got my bike back and that’s been such a gift.”
MILEY’S A ‘MANEATER’
MILEY CYRUS had an important message to her future lovers while performing on US telly.
She wore a striking black dress which she switched for a red one while appearing on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show, on which she performed a cover of the Hall & Oates song Maneater.
Asked what made her choose the track, Miley said: “I think it’s very important to be transparent.
“I’m freshly single, so anyone watching that’s my future ex-husband . . . just know I told you.”
Miley split from boyfriend Cody Simpson last month – a year on from her separation from husband Liam Hemsworth.
Roman playing silly burgers
But all the Capital FM host ended up with was a tummy ache and a telling-off from his singer mum Shirlie.
The towering treat includes 56 patties, 20 slices of bacon and 20 slices of cheese – and adds up to 31,042 calories – but is FREE from Madihah’s takeaway in Workington, Cumbria, if you can finish it.
Unsurprisingly, given it contains enough calories to feed the average person for a fortnight, Roman did not get far.
Phoning in to his show, Shirlie – who used to sing with George Michael in WHAM! – shouted down the blower: “Ro, I’m furious. Why are you doing this? This is crazy. Trying to eat that amount of food that fast is dangerous.
“You’re not on YouTube, Ro. I’m worried. Please don’t eat it.”
It wasn’t long before Roman was wishing he hadn’t attempted the challenge, either – especially given it was on his breakfast show at 8am.
He said: “I immediately regret this decision. Is it about time to say I’m vegan? I’ve learnt my lesson. Genuinely learnt my lesson.
“When you see those articles in the paper and go, ‘Oh, I could definitely do that’, sometimes you can’t. Sometimes it’s just nice to go, ‘That looks hard’.”
I’d better cancel my order.
AFTER a nailbiting week in which they were neck and neck, the ROLLING STONES have clinched victory from DECLAN McKENNA in the race for No1 album. The reissue of their 1973 release Goats Head Soup eventually outsold Declan’s second record Zeros by 800 copies.
MADONNA MOVIE ‘BOMB’ THREAT
THERE was no chance of MADONNA letting anyone make her biopic but her – and joke bomb threats made sure that was the case.
Speaking about her upcoming film, which she has spent the last few months writing, she said: “So many people tried to make this movie and I threatened to bomb their homes. Of course I was kidding. I would never do such a thing. Who can tell my story besides me? It’s just bulls**t.”
But she insisted the flick will be full of her controversies, including accidentally flashing her bum at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards.
She said on Instagram: “People got so upset with the things I did, from my Like A Prayer video to my skirt accidentally flying off on the first MTV Awards and my butt cheek being exposed.
“I mean, can you imagine that now? You have to have your butt exposed if you want a career right now.”
Aussies want wax 1D
ONE DIRECTION could soon be back together and heading Down Under – well, their waxworks at least.
The Sun told on Wednesday how the figures of Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik had been removed from Madame Tussauds in London. But now the Aussie branch is begging for them to take the 10,553-mile journey to Sydney.
Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan and Zayn Malik have been removed from Madame Tussauds in London – but now the Aussies want them[/caption]
The attraction has been inundated with requests from fans Down Under for them to go on display there instead. Madame Tussauds Sydney general manager Richard Dilly said: “We know 1D fans would love for Harry, Niall, Louis, Liam and Zayn to get back together.
“While we can’t make that happen in real life, we can light up their lives by keeping them side by side here at Madame Tussauds Sydney.
“We’re asking our colleagues in London to consider flying the boys to us here in Australia.”
That’s the closest anyone will be getting to a 1D tour for the foreseeable.
DEMI LOVATO has opened up about her mental health struggles. She told Apple Music: “I’ve dealt with depression and suicidal (thoughts) since I was seven. If you’re struggling, just know that if I can make it through the day, you can make it through the day too.”
I Can see why Cara Delevingne is keen on pop star Halsey when she looks this good in a bikini[/caption]
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BIZ METER CHARTS
CARDI B and Megan Thee Stallion have scored a second week at No1 with their viral tune Wap. It racked up sales of 62,000 – 12,000 more than 24GOLDN and Iann Dior, who are at No2 with Mood.
English DJ Paul Woolford has made his first-ever entry into the Top Ten after teaming up with Diplo and Kareen Lomax. Their thumping dance collaboration Looking For Me is at No8.
1. Wap – CARDI B ft MEGAN THEE STALLION
2. Mood – 24GOLDN ft IANN DIOR
3. Ain’t It Different – HEADIE ONE, AJ TRACEY and STORMZ
4. Lighter – NATHAN DAWE ft KSI
5. Mood Swings – POP SMOKE ft LIL TJAY
6. Head & Heart – JOEL CORRY ft MNEK
7. Laugh Now Cry Later – DRAKE ft LIL DURK
8. Looking For Me – PAUL WOOLFORD, DIPLO and KAREEN LOMAX
9. Greece – DJ KHALED ft DRAKE
10. Midnight Sky – MILEY CYRUS
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