Inside Emma Bunton and Jade Jones’ relationship as they finally wed despite early split and Rio Ferdinand fling
EMMA Bunton and Jade Jones finally got married this week, after more than 20 years, and two children, together.
The Spice Girls singer, 45, shared a sweet snap from the pair's special day on Instagram and wrote "Mr and Mrs Jones!" followed by loveheart emojis.
They were inundated with congratulations from fans and celeb friends, including Peter Andre, Mel B and Victoria Beckham.
The happy couple beamed as they rested their heads together after becoming man and wife.
Emma looked stunning in a stylish white dress and floral headband, while Jade wore a brown fedora and patterned blazer.
Emma - famously known as Baby Spice - started dating Damage singer Jade in 1998.
The pair, who have two children together, didn't get engaged until 2011.
Although the couple clearly decided now was the right time to tie the knot, it was a long road to get here - and Emma even said it was probably never going to happen.
The rocky early days
Emma and Jade started dating in 1998, when she was at the height of her fame with Spice Girls, and he was in the short-lived boyband, Damage, along with Dane Bowers.
They split a year later, and Emma actually had a brief relationship with Rio Ferdinand.
The couple got back together in 2000, but split for a second time in 2002, with rumours circulating that Jade didn’t agree with Emma’s decision to work with Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller on her solo career.
Jade denied this at the time, insisting: “It was a mutual and amicable break-up. We’ve decided to concentrate on our careers.
“There have been no arguments. I’m delighted Simon is managing her, he’s very successful.
“Emma and I will always be friends.”
During their time apart, Emma was briefly linked to Justin Timberlake.
But, in 2004, they got back together again - and haven’t looked back.
'We don't need to get married'
Since becoming parents to their two kids, Beau, 13, and Tate, 10, and having been together for so long, Emma and Jade were constantly asked whether they were planning to get married.
And they always said they didn’t think formalising their relationship was necessary.
In 2010, Emma told the Mail: “IIt’s not on the agenda; we don’t even talk about it.
“We’ve been together for ten years and we’re so close – we share the childcare rather than have a nanny so we’re often together 24/7.
“I can honestly say that we’re really happy, so we don’t feel the need to formalise it.”
A change of heart
Seven years later, it seemed they were coming round to the idea - but it was very clear it was always going to be a low-key affair if they did go through with it.
Discussing marriage, Emma said: "It would be nice, wouldn’t it? I should get round to it. He already calls me his wife and I call him my husband.
"We’re both Aquarians and a little disorganised, so we never get round to organise anything!
"I’m sure we’ll be one of those couples that elope somewhere."
And, back in 2019 the couple were seen at Enfield Register Office in North London giving notice of their intent to marry.
'Jade's a brilliant dad'
In Emma’s parenting book, Mama You Got This, Jade wrote a section on “how he had to step back even though he just wanted to do everything” when she first gave birth to Beau and Tate.
And the Heart Radio DJ has revealed it made her cry reading it, as “he’s so honest”.
She continued: “He's saying how those first couple of weeks, months, when you're breastfeeding - it's a very close moment for the mum and baby.
“He was so wonderful because he looked after me, he took care of me and then was just there every second of every minute and he's brilliant.”
'We want more kids!'
Emma has previously confessed her two kids are desperate for another sibling - and even tell them to “go to the bedroom and make a baby”.
And, just a month ago, Emma admitted she’d love to have a third child, and said she’s “always, always broody,” and that Jade “would have lots more children.
Speaking on ITV’s Lorraine, she added: “I think we are at the stage where we are very much like, if it happens it would be amazing.
“But we're always broody, both of us!”
However, Emma also recently admitted she’s worried it could be too late for her to conceive naturally, as she is now perimenopausal - and she had difficulties conceiving Beau and Tate.
She told You mag: “I cried my eyes out. I thought, ‘Is this the end?'
“But [with] both my children, it wasn't easy falling pregnant, so we'll just see how it goes.”
We’re so happy for you, Emma and Jade!