Former Spice Girl Mel C is ''stepping away'' from showbiz because she doesn't want her daughter growing up in the spotlight.

The 40-year-old singer, who has five-year-old daughter Scarlet from her relationship with Thomas Starr, wants to take a break from the media.

Speaking to Closer magazine, Mel C, real name Melanie Chisholm, said, ''I've just started questioning things about the celeb world - I've recently stepped away from it a bit because I don't feel comfortable with it all.

''I have a daughter and I don't want her to grow up in that kind of world.''

She added, ''I've had a year of wanting to lie low for a bit, regroup and see exactly where I want to be.

''Maybe it's turning 40, but I just find the whole trend of selfies really narcissistic as it's so based on self-promotion. 'I've backed away from Twitter in the past year for that reason.''

When asked if she watches her former band mate Mel B on The X Factor, she said, ''I really support Mel and she's brilliant on The X Factor. She brings the perfect dynamic because Cheryl [Fernandez-Versini] is very diplomatic, whereas Mel just says it how it is.

''It makes good TV, but what bothers me is that young people go on it really hopeful and it's quite rare to get a big career from that.

''I'd say I'm a fan of Mel on the show, but not the show itself.''