Spice Girls singer Geri Horner is releasing her first single in 12 years. The song, "Angels in Chains," pays tribute to the late Wham! singer George Michael, who passed away last Christmas.
Horner developed a friendship with him after appearing on the British music chart show Top of the Pops in 1997. She'd previously honored her friend by naming her son Montague George Hector Horner after the "Faith" singer. Montague was born one month after Michael passed.
Fans were anticipating a big announcement from the singer, when she uploaded a photo of herself wearing a "Choose Life" tee with her son. Ginger Spice captioned the post, "Waiting for that Day? ... Just 3 days to go until a special announcement."
On Monday, Horner appeared on ITV's Lorraine to talk about the song and why she felt compelled to honor the late pop icon through music. "I was a fan and a friend and he had such an impact on my life," she said. "I didn't know what to do with all my feelings. It was a unique relationship. So I just wrote a song. I wrote these lyrics down and a bit of melody and submitted it to the record company. They wanted to release it. I was so scared for so many reasons particularly because it's vulnerable and it's about George. What would people think?"
Horner's "Angels in Chains" will be available on June 23, two days before what would have been Michael's 45th birthday. The proceeds will go to Childline, which offers 24-hour youth counselling service.