Mel B is bed-ridden as she reveals shes been battling Covid for five weeks

Mel B, 46, shared throwback photos on her Instagram of a trip to the Maldives where she stayed in a private villa named after herself.

However, the singer admitted the "reality" was that she was "in bed getting over the final long haul of Covid", adding a hashtag which said: "It's been five weeks now".

She write to her 1.5 million followers on Instagram: "In my head I'm here @youandmemaldives ahhhh what a beautiful place, sunshine crystal clear sea being totally spoilt rotten in my private villa named after me.

"But in reality right now I'm curled up in bed getting over the final long haul of COVID #itsbeen5weeksnow ~takemeback to #paradise #covidisnojoke #mydogs #thebestsnuggler thank god for #netflix."

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The images showed the pop star swimming in crystal clear waters and posing in bikinis, but she admitted her current state of health was less idyllic.

In happier news, Mel is excited about Spice, the Spice Girls' debut album, marking its 25th anniversary this year.

To celebrate they are releasing Spice 25, an expanded anniversary album featuring previously unreleased songs, which will be available from October 29.

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Mel, real name Melanie Brown, is determined to keep Girl Power alive.

While standing in as presenter of Channel 4 show Steph's Packed Lunch in September, Mel, 46, said: "I'm always pushing to have a Spice Girls reunion and we were in talks last year but then Covid hit so it pushed everyone's plans.

"I think we're hopefully on the same page together.

"They're going to kill me for saying this. We're hoping, especially me – if it has anything to do with me, which it will have because I'm the driving force and will make sure it happens – to tour in 2023."

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Meanwhile, Mel's former Spice Girls bandmate Victoria Beckham, 47, has been getting a telling off – from her daughter Harper, 10.

A source told heat magazine: "Harper absolutely idolises her mum, and they do have a really close relationship. But Vic jokes that Harper is a lot more sensible than her and David, and is cheeky with them about how much they love wine and cocktails.

"It’s like she’s the parent sometimes – Harper is Saffy and Posh is Edina."

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