Melanie Brown (left) and Victoria Beckham
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09/02/2008 AT 10:00 AM EDT
Friendship never ends?
That's not exactly true, admits Melanie Brown, who says she doesn't speak regularly to her fellow Spice Girls. "We're not in touch much," she tells the new issue of British magazine Closer
And that includes Victoria Beckham
– even though the two former bandmates live just a few miles apart in Los Angeles.
"Victoria and I are very different," Brown explains. "People bracket us together because we live in the same city and we're both interested in fashion. Victoria's fashion line has been very successful and hopefully mine will be too. But that's where the similarities begin and end."
The performer – who has appeared on Dancing with the Stars
and is working on her own fashion line, Catty Couture – says her children are her main focus. (She is mom to daughters Phoenix Chi, 9, and Angel Iris, 1 – who was famously fathered
by Eddie Murphy.)
"I love being at home with my family. My kids make me cry – in a good way," said Brown, who's married
to music producer Stephen Belafonte. "I love it when they learn something new and it makes me shed a tear or two. I'd hate to miss out on any of that."
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