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Melanie C has reportedly been left horrified after finding out that her hoards of Spice Girls memorabilia were up for auction on eBay.
The Spice Girls singer, 47, was alarmed to see that the special merchandise she collected from her chart-topping heyday – including her iconic Sporty Spice tracksuits, limited edition snaps, CDs and behind-the-scenes footage captured on VHS – up for sale.
The collection of goods were placed on the online selling site with a starting bid of just 99p, The Sun report.
The seller claimed the items belonged to Mel C – real name Melanie Chisholm – by adding her moniker to the ad and the publication allege that payments had been missed for the storage lock-up that the belongings were being stored in and therefore being flogged online.
A description posted on eBay claimed that the wares were from an "abandoned storage room" with the information adding that the items were a "storage room job lot" based in "Swindon SN3."
The outlet adds that the Viva Forever hitmaker managed to prevent the online auction from going ahead with a member of her team telling: "Melanie has got all of her stuff back."
Melanie C was reportedly surprised to find out that her Spice Girls memorabilia was up for sale on eBay
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The Mirror has contacted a rep for Mel C for comment.
Mother-of-one Mel previously told how she has come to terms with always being Sporty Spice.
She exclusively told the Mirror: "I felt like I had spent many years trying to find myself, who I was when I wasn’t Sporty Spice. Then last year I kind of realised that I am Sporty Spice, what am I trying to find?
"I just kind of feel like I can exhale because I don’t need to search anymore, I just need to embrace all of these parts of myself. Like everybody, we are so complex, there are so many sides to us."
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Melanie was 20 when she responded to an advert in The Stage looking for singers to form a girl group.
Mel, Mel Brown, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Adams and Emma Bunton became the Spice Girls and, in 1996, their debut Wannabe catapulted them on to the world stage.
Reflecting on how the most amazing time of her life came at an inevitable cost, she continued: "I was still trying to figure out who I was anyway. But then being bombarded with people’s opinions of you, nothing prepares you for that.
The collection of goods were placed on the online selling site with a starting bid of just 99p
A description posted on eBay claimed that the wares were from an "abandoned storage room"
"That was hard. You find yourself in this situation where you are living your childhood fantasy. I come from a working-class background.
"I was earning lots of money. I felt guilty and I think I felt maybe I didn’t deserve it and I think all of these things made me put an extraordinary amount of pressure on myself to fit and be what in my head was the idea of perfect, so I did deserve all of the things that were happening to me."
Mel exercised obsessively, stopped eating and suffered with depression.
The items included special merchandise Mel C collected from her chart-topping heyday alongside Mel B, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham
She says of when she finally got help with her depression: "It was the millennium when I was in LA with my family.
"I was struggling to get out of bed, I felt hopeless, I was very, very teary and I feel like my body took over my mind.
"I didn’t have the will any longer to stay in this life. That is when I decided to go and see my GP… the first thing he wanted to address was my depression.
"It was a massive relief to me.
"I just thought I was going mad, it had a name, it was something you could be helped with… recover from."
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Melanie admitted that she is sad she wasted so many years, which is why she is now so vocal about mental health issues.
She added: "When you are in it you can’t even imagine a way out.
"I just hope that my experience can help others either avoid it or heal from it, or at least seek comfort.
"You can get better. Everyone deserves to be happy, it is just finding what you need to get to that place."
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