The Spice Girls have apologised for cutting their world tour short after receiving criticism from their fans.

The group previously blamed "family commitments" for the tour ending earlier than scheduled but media reports suggested that the members were fighting with each other.

The Spice Girls recently cancelled dates in Australia, South Africa, China and Argentina.

Mel C said: "There has been a lot of rubbish in the media over the last few days so we wanted you to hear it from the horse's mouth."

"We're very sorry not to be able to get to all the places we wanted to," she said.

Victoria Beckham added: "Our kids need to go back to school and we always said our families are our priorities. Sorry we haven't got to see everybody."

Geri Halliwell said: "The tour's gone actually longer than we anticipated. We thought we were going to go with one gig, that's how it started - then we planned until the end of January, and then we actually extended it."

Mel B addressed rumours of a rift in the camp by saying: "We hate each other? Are you kidding? We love each other."