Spice Up Your Lies is an insider’s account of the Spice Girls’ ill-fated, final world tour. It reveals how infighting and jealousy tore the iconic girl band apart, meaning they would never perform as a fivesome again. Backing dancer Jimmy Gulzar talks about becoming a key member of the group and also opens up about his whirlwind marriage to Scary Spice Melanie Brown, their divorce and his almost 20-year battle to be a father to his daughter, Phoenix. The book includes the story of what led up to Jimmy joining the Spice Girls, his move to Los Angeles and why the saga almost cost him his sanity.
Writer Graeme Culliford has spent over two decades reporting for publications including the Sun, Sunday Mirror, Sunday Telegraph and the Mail on Sunday. His career has taken him to the United States, where he worked as a US correspondent, and allowed him to interview a huge range of people and celebrities – everyone from hurricane survivors to Kylie Minogue. He now runs the MyStoryMedia independent features agency and lives in London with his partner and two children.
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Jimmy Gulzar is a musician, actor, DJ and sous chef who was also one of the most talented Dutch dancers of his generation. He was headhunted to join the Spice Girls in 1998 and spent a year performing as Melanie Brown’s male double on their highly lucrative European and US tour. After suffering a back injury, he moved to Los Angeles so he could be closer to his daughter and worked in fashion before returning to the Netherlands. Today he lives in Amsterdam and sees his daughter Phoenix whenever possible.
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