Geri Halliwell’s show of unity with husband amid controversy


Geri Halliwell has shown a united front with husband Christian Horner after weeks of controversy.

The former Spice Girl arrived at the Bahrain Grand Prix hand-in-hand with the F1 boss, her husband of almost nine years, on Saturday.

Halliwell and Horner, the Red Bull Formula One team principal, mingled with fellow VIP guests through the day, even sharing a kiss in front of the cameras at one point.

Ahead of the event – the first race of the 2024 F1 season – it wasn’t known whether the singer would make an appearance in light of the headlines surrounding her husband.

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Geri Horner and Christian Horner at the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 02, 2024
Geri Horner and Christian Horner arrived at the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain hand-in-hand. (Getty)

Last week, shortly after being cleared of inappropriate behaviour by an external investigation, Horner reiterated he denies allegations of wrongdoing.

Alleged leaked messages were distributed to members of the F1 community on Thursday, containing a Google drive of WhatsApp messages. It was anonymously emailed to notable race officials, teams and journalists around the world.

Phil Duncan – CNN Contributor and F1 correspondent for the Press Association – received the drive in an email from an unknown account.

“We had the investigation and Christian Horner was effectively exonerated by Red Bull’s parent company, but then the WhatsApp messages landed last night to almost 150 members of the Formula 1 paddock, which included all the nine other team principles, the FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, the F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali and members of the media too,” Duncan told CNN Sport on Friday.

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Christian and Geri Horner kiss before the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, on Saturday March 2, 2024.
It hadn’t been known whether Halliwell would accompany her husband to the event, given recent controversy. (PA Images via Getty Images)

“It’s an investigation for Horner which he may have thought was over on Wednesday night when he arrived but has obviously changed dramatically 24 hours later.”

The Google drive contains 79 separate files purported to be materials related to the recent investigation and statements, according to the email. CNN has been unable to corroborate its authenticity.

“They haven’t been 100 per cent verified, but Horner hasn’t at this stage denied that they were from him,” Duncan added.

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“I won’t comment on anonymous speculation,” Horner said Thursday, per Reuters, following the email’s distribution.

“But to reiterate, I have always denied the allegations. I respected the integrity of the independent investigation and fully co-operated with it every step of the way.

“It was a thorough and fair investigation conducted by an independent specialist barrister and it has concluded dismissing the complaint made. I remain fully focused on the start of the season.”

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Geri Horner and Christian Horner at the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 02, 2024
Horner has reiterated he denies allegations of wrongdoing. (Formula 1 via Getty Images)

In a statement, regarding the mass email, Red Bull told CNN, “This is a private matter between Mr. Horner and another and it would be inappropriate for Red Bull to comment on this.”

An independent investigation was launched by Red Bull in February after Horner was accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior towards a member of the racing team, who has not been identified. This week, the investigation cleared Horner of any wrongdoing.

“The independent investigation into the allegations made against Mr. Horner is complete, and Red Bull can confirm that the grievance has been dismissed,” a statement issued by Red Bull on Wednesday read.


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