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Emma Bunton AOL Live Chat in Australia - 22 November 2001
Pop superstar EMMA BUNTON (aka Baby Spice) joined us in the AOL Live auditorium to chat about Rumba! and her hit solo album, A Girl Like Me.

Rumba MC: Hi Emma, welcome to AOL Live! :) Thanks so much for chatting with us tonight.

Emma B: I want to say a big hello to all my fans - I'm very excited to be here!

Question: Whos your biggest inspiration???

Emma B: My biggest inspiration is probably Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder. And of course my mum!

Question: Hi Emma! I saw you on Rove Live the other night, and until then, I didn't realise you were such a big Neighbours fan! How long have been watching it for?

Emma B: I actually watched it more a few years ago. At the moment I don't really get the time to watch it. But I was a big fan when I was younger. I'm quite a big fan of Lou, I think he's got attitude :)

Question: What part of your career do you like best? Singing, acting or television?

Emma B: Definitely singing.

Question: If you could collaborate with anybody, who would it be and why?

Emma B: I think it would be with Janet Jackson - I think she's cool. And I'd also probably like to do something a bit more guitar-y with her.

Question: Did you ever dream your singing career would be this successful?

Emma B: I feel very, very lucky and I'm having an amazing time, and it's down to my fans for supporting me.

Question: Hi Emma, would you ever swap your famous life for a normal everyday life?

Emma B: Again, I feel very lucky because I have both lives - I do make sure that I make time to have a normal life with my family and my friends, as well as having a marvelous time at being famous.

Question: Emma, who is your personal favourite performer at Rumba?

Emma B: I'm a big fan of Nelly Furtado, but I think as a performer Shaggy is great.

Question: Singing in front of an audience like you did at Rumba, do you still get nervous??

Emma B: I get SO nervous! Especially before Rumba I got very, very nervous. But as soon as I get on the stage I feel comfortable, and the fans were amazing.

Question: Do you ever get tired of the media and just wish they would leave you alone to get on with your life, albeit a, different one?

Emma B: Sometimes!

Question: What has been the most fun about doing Rumba?

Emma B: Being able to come out to Australia - I've only been here once before. And secondly being album to perform tracks from my album, A Girl Like Me.

Question: Do you plan a bigger personal tour of Australia?

Emma B: Yes, I do. I'm starting a tour in the UK and Europe in March next year, so I'll becoming over to Australia as soon as possible.

Question: Do you get to hang out with your old friends much? How important do you think 'true friends' are?

Emma B: True friends are very, very important, and my oldest friend - who probably is my best friend - is someone I've known for 20 years.

Question: Im a singer and Im only 15... the problem is I have major stage fright, can you give me any advice?

Emma B: It is very difficult, especially when you perform for the first time, but you do get used to it. You just have to go for it and have a good time. One thing I do is sometimes I pretend that the audience is naked, and it makes it a lot easier!

Question: Emma if you could use your huge media influence to change something in the world what would it be do you think?

Emma B: That's a very good question! I do a lot already with lots and lots of different charities. And for me, I want to help the kids, because children are our future.

Question: Your album is amazing, I love 'what took you so long' and I am guessing 'take my breath away' is the next single, what else can we expect to be released?

Emma B: My next single is going to be 'We're Not Going to Sleep Tonight'. It's a great disco track that all us girlies can dance along to.

Question: Was the decision to go solo a hard one to make or was it a natural progression for you?

Emma B: It was definitely a natural progression. Something I've always wanted to achieve.

Question: If you could have any job for a day, what would it be?

Emma B: I think I'd like to be a cook just for a day. Because I love food, and then I'd be able to cook myself a marvelous meal.

Question: Who has had the biggest influence on you so far in your career?

Emma B: My mum has definitely had a huge influence in my life, because she's a very strong woman who's given me the strength and support to move on.

Question: How do feel about the fact that everybody will always remember you as Baby Spice?

Emma B: :) I quite like it. I think more people are getting to know me as Emma Bunton now.

Question: What has been the highlight of you career?

Emma B: There have been many, but I think one that sticks out is my single 'What Took You So Long' going to number one, and also my album going gold in the UK.

Question: Emma I have a crush on you will you marry me? lol

Emma B: Ooooh! Maybe you should come back to me in a few years :)

Comment: I loved u @ Rumba in Melbourne! And also I would like to thank u 4 winning battle of the sexes on the FOX!

Emma B: Yeeaaahhhh! It's about Girl Power!

Question: With everything that is happening in the world at the moment, was coming over here a difficult thing to do?

Emma B: It wasn't a difficult decision to make at all. I knew that I wanted to be here and I'd have a great time. I _was_ a tiny bit nervous about flying.

Question: What has been the most fun that you have done here in Australia?

Emma B: I've luckily had friends over here, so I've been hanging out with my friends. And just to be able to meet lots of new people... And of course the Rumba festival!

Question: If you were stranded on a desert island and could only listen to one CD what would it be?

Emma B: I would have to go for my own album, because it's very personal, and it's got lots of emotion in it and lots of different styles of music.

Question: I have noticed since your solo career was launched that you have attracted quite a large gay following *obviously have great taste*. Was being a gay icon something you ever aspired to or has it just happened, and how do you feel about it?

Emma B: I think we all aspire to be gay icons - I'm a big fan of Kylie! It's a big compliment. And the gay community definitely knows how to party!

Question: Emma have you ever had any think embarrassing happen to you on stage before?

Emma B: Yes, I have! I actually fell over at the MTV Europe Awards, which was one of the most embarrassing times of my life.

Comment: U were real great in Rumba. I loved your sheepy jacket thingo, u have such a powerful voice!!! :-)

Emma B: Wow, thank you so much! I'm so glad that my fans enjoyed it. And whoever's going to be in Sydney... they'd better watch out!

Question: Do you get involved in the songwriting process very much?

Emma B: I write all my own songs.

Question: What is your favourite spice girls song?

Emma B: It would have to be '2 Become 1', definitely, because I think it's a great love song but it's also got a message in the song which is about safe sex.

Question: What is the song that you had most fun creating and performing?

Emma B: I think the new track, 'We're Not Going to Sleep Tonight', I had great fun making it because it's a little bit disco. And I also love performing it because there's a bit of a dance routine going on - it's great fun.

Question: Hello Emma! What is your favourite food?? AMY!

Emma B: My favourite food is Italiano. But I've just had a pie and mash at Harry's Cafe de Wheels and I think I might be going that way now!

Question: If you could have a dinner date with anyone in history or the present, who would it be?

Emma B: I think I would have to choose Elvis Presley, because he was a very handsome man and I'd love him to sing to me as well. He could sing any one of his songs, he'd just have to serenade me... but 'Love Me Tender' probably.

Question: I heard a rumour that the spice girls are going to be doing a world tour and releasing a greatest hits album. Is it true?

Emma B: At the moment we're concentrating on solo careers, but we have talked about doing a tour. But you'll have to wait and see.

Question: What are the 3 things u could not live without?

Emma B: I could not live without my family, my friends and my mobile phone.

Question: Do you still get nervous meeting famous people, even though you are famous yourself?

Emma B: Oh yeah! I love meeting famous people, and I do get starstruck and ask for autographs and pictures. I'm like everyone else out there.

Question: Do you have any idea what time you will be performing at Fox studios tomorrow?

Emma B: I'm not definite but I think it's in the evening.

Question: What do you like best about your job?

Emma B: I love entertaining and performing, and the best thing is that you also have lots of fun.

Question: Is there any particular song you'd like to cover in the future?

Emma B: I haven't thought about that one, but I'll let you know when I do!

Question: Which song on your album really makes you cry

Emma B: A track called 'High on Love', which I wrote for my mum. And it's such a beautiful song - it makes me cry every time.

Question: How different is life as Emma Bunton compared to life as Baby Spice?

Emma B: They're both the same - me! I want to be as natural as possible and I'm always being myself.

Question: What type of icecream do you think best describes you and how?

Emma B: I would have to say pralines and cream, cos it's very soft and tasty, but a bit nutty as well.

Emma B: Also, I just want to say a huge thank you to everybody for logging on tonight :)

Comment: On Rove the other night, you competed in the Neighbours challenge and just wanted to say I reckon you kicked ass!

Emma B: LOL I did! And I was the only girl, so I was doing it for the girls that night!

Question: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why??

Emma B: It would be that I'm better in the mornings, because I'm a bit grumpy in the mornings.

Question: Emma, do you answer your fan mail from your website??

Emma B: Yes, I do, obviously as much as I can. It's quite hard when I'm away so much, but I definitely do when I can. So check it out - it's

Question: I've heard you love chocolate - what is your favourite kind?

Emma B: Yeah, but I prefer cake. I don't really eat a lot of chocolate, I prefer lollies and cakes. When I was in Melbourne I had jelly snakes, which I _love_.

Question: Who is the most memorable famous person you have met??

Emma B: I think for me it was definitely Stevie Wonder. Nelson Mandela and Madonna were amazing people to meet.

Question: I know you went to see the Harry Potter premiere in London what was the movie like?

Emma B: The movie's fantastic, and I would suggest that everyone goes. It's a great film. I'm just starting to read the first book. I hadn't read any when I went to see the film, which I was quite glad about actually.

Question: Do u have a lucky charm that you take to places with you?

Emma B: I've actually got a thumb ring. My mum's got the same ring and we've always got them on. I think that's definitely my lucky charm.

Rumba MC: For all the people asking:

Emma B: I would love to be able to give tickets to everyone for Rumba but there's not enough to go around. I'm sure when I come back and tour solo you can all come then :)

Rumba MC: We cant wait! :)

Question: Do you have much time to catch up with your family and friends with all this music industry

Emma B: Absolutely. That for me is a must. I spend a lot of time with my friends and family - they are very important to me and my life.

Comment: Just wanted to congratulate you on your successful musical career! It seems you can't do anything wrong! :)

Emma B: Thank you SO much! And I really hope that you enjoy the next singles that come out.

Question: Are you happy? That is the most important thing after all!

Emma B: That sounds like a question I would ask :) because it most definitely is the most important thing just to be happy. And I am!

Rumba MC: Thanks so much for joining us at AOL Live Emma. We look forward to seeing you in action at Rumba on Saturday!

Emma B: Thank you so much to everybody, big kiss to you all and I'll see you all very, very soon!

Rumba MC: Check out Keyword: Emma Bunton for more Emma info, pics and downloads!

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