Mel C backtracks on Little Mix comments
Mel C says Little Mix's skimpy outfits are "absolutely fine" after she previously branded them as "too sexy".
The former Spice Girls singer - full name Melanie Chisholm - previously hit out at fellow girl band Little Mix for being "provocative" in the way they dressed, but has now claimed both her and her daughter Scarlet, seven, "love" the 'Shout Out to My Ex' hitmakers.
When asked about the comments she made about Little Mix, Mel said: "I'm upset about that. I didn't even see the video to comment on it, but I love them and so does Scarlet.
"Personally, I've never worn skimpy outfits because I don't feel comfortable. I'm athletic. I don't have a voluptuous figure and I've never seen myself as sexual.
"But some people do like to dress that way and that's absolutely fine."
The 'Wannabe' hitmaker, 42, says her criticism instead lies with "society and culture" for encouraging the "sexualisation of young children".
She added: "As a mum I have to be responsible. The over sexualisation of young children isn't the fault of young women, is it? It's society and culture."
And the 'I Turn to You' singer even admits her former band - completed by Geri Horner, Emma Bunton, Mel B, and Victoria Beckham - received backlash for their own outfits.
Asked if the Spice Girls were ever criticised for their outfit choices, Mel told The Mirror newspaper: "Yeah! I was so naive. We all were. 'Say You'll Be There' the other girls were in PVC and thigh-high boots. We tie a man up for God's sake."
In Mel's original comments, she urged Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock to return to their roots, instead of opting for their new raunchy image.
She said: "I love Little Mix. I loved them from 'The X Factor'. I just thought they were so different.
"But they are getting more provocative. To me, they were kind of the closest thing to the Spice Girls we've seen.
"They are all gorgeous and great singers. But they weren't sexy and it's got more and more that way. I love them - but I just say, 'Stay you'."