The Spice Girls’ tour in jeopardy

The Spice Girls’ tour has been put in jeopardy after Geri Halliwell’s daughter contracted chicken pox.

Geri’s 18-month-old daughter Bluebell has been flown back to the UK because Geri is terrified she and the rest of the band – Victoria Beckham, Mel C, Emma Bunton and Mel B – might catch the highly-contagious disease before their world tour starts on Sunday (02.12.07).

A source close to the singer told The Sun newspaper: ‘Chicken pox is very contagious and when Geri noticed the spots on Bluebell she panicked and warned the rest of the girls.

‘Older people who get chicken pox sometimes develop shingles, which could wipe the band out for weeks. And it’s not only them who are at risk. Bluebell has played a lot with Victoria’s sons Cruz and Romeo lately. Mel B’s baby Angel could get the bug too, and she is only eight months old.’

Geri – who is busy rehearsing for the Return of the Spice Girls tour which kicks off in Vancouver, Canada – has revealed the group’s children are always playing together.

She said: ‘Bluebell loves hanging with the Beckham boys. Cruz and Bluebell have play dates, and Romeo – well, he is just gorgeous with her.’