September 24, 1999 from BBC
I need a man, says Geri
Pop star Geri Halliwell
was back to her shocking best at a music awards
ceremony in Canada when she declared: "I need a man."
As she presented the award
for Best Video Director to Alanis Morissette, she
added: "If only I could find a nice Canadian man to fertilise my eggs."
The former Spice Girl, who
was dressed in a plunging scarlet gown slit to
the hip at Thursday night's MuchMusic Video Awards in Toronto, is no
stranger to controversy.
Last June, Catholic church
leaders in the Philippines condemned as "immoral"
her first engagement as a United Nations Population Fund goodwill
ambassador, promoting safe sex and wider use of condoms.
They were also upset by
her Look At Me video in which she appeared dressed
as a nun.
The previous month she turned
the airwaves blue on Zoe Ball's Radio 1
Breakfast Show when she told listeners to swear at their bosses - spelling
out the f-word rather than saying it, adding: "Sorry, I didn't quite swear."
Last March anti-smoking
campaigners were fuming at Geri after she was
pictured smoking - even though she campaigns on behalf of cancer charities.
She also famously pinched
Prince Charles' bottom on her first meeting,
telling him he was "very sexy".
And she had the following
exchange with Nelson Mandela in November 1997
after she'd told him he was her hero.
Mandela: "You're just being kind to an old man."
Geri: "You're as young as the girl you feel - and I'm 25."