Geri Halliwell 'was talked into meeting Christian Horner in Bahrain' as crisis talks held and team 'worried'

Geri Halliwell 'was talked into meeting Christian Horner in Bahrain' as crisis talks held and team 'worried'

WATCH NOW: Geri Halliwell left 'devastated' by Christian Horner allegations

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 02/03/2024

- 10:21

The Red Bull chief remains in the spotlight despite being cleared of misconduct earlier in the week

Geri Halliwell had to be talked into jetting out to Bahrain to meet Christian Horner after his WhatsApp messages were leaked, according to reports.

Horner was cleared of misconduct by Red Bull earlier this week, having been accused of inappropriate behaviour.

However, on Thursday, the F1 world was rocked after Horner's WhatsApp messages were leaked to 149 figures associated with the sport.

The 50-year-old continues to deny any wrongdoing and responded to the leak by saying: “I am not going to comment on anonymous speculation from unknown sources.”

Geri Halliwell Christian Horner

Geri Halliwell had to be talked into meeting husband Christian Horner in Bahrain


He added: “I won’t comment on anonymous speculation, but to reiterate, I have always denied the allegations.

"I respected the integrity of the independent investigation and fully cooperated 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.”

According to The Mirror, wife Geri didn't want to meet Horner in the Middle East.

Her team are said to be 'worried' about the Spice Girls star and the impact the rumours around Horner could have.

And it's said Geri has been locked in crisis talks with her entourage this week about how to handle the situation.

“Geri has been locked in crisis talks with her team this week about how to manage all of this," an insider is quoted as saying.

"Christian had played down the whole affair to her, but she can’t bear the fact it is now all out in the open.

"She feels like a fool. It has really taken its toll on her and she told pals this week she would not be in Bahrain.

“She was adamant she wouldn’t be there, she would not pretend like ­everything was OK.

"But Christian’s mum has been leaning on her heavily to stand by his side, and publicly back him, and her pleas seem to have worked.

"Her own team had been urging her to keep her distance and seek advice.

“They are worried about the impact on both her personally and her brand and want her to pause and consider her next move carefully.

"She feels incredibly torn between the two camps. It’s a horrific situation for her to be in, and it is growing worse by the minute.”


Christian Horner Red Bull

Christian Horner is set to oversee today's Bahrain Grand Prix with the Red Bull boss fighting on


Horner is set to oversee today's Bahrain Grand Prix as Red Bull look to get the new F1 season off to a flying start.

Max Verstappen finished top of the standings in qualifying on Friday, with the 26-year-old showing he's still the man to beat.

Verstappen won 19 of the 22 races last term, establishing himself as the best driver on the planet in the process.

Yet the Red Bull star was surprised at finishing in pole position on Friday - but insisted he was 'very happy' with that achievement.

He said: "It was a lot of fun. The track had a lot of grip but with the wind the last two days, it was tricky to get the whole lap together.

Max Verstappen

Christian Horner is hoping to guide Max Verstappen to success in today's Bahrain Grand Prix


"It was the same in qualifying. To really get everything out of it in Q3 was a little more difficult but I'm very happy to be on pole.

"It was a little bit unexpected but luckily in qualifying the car came to us and I felt a bit happier with the whole car."

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