By Allison Sadlier
Updated July 12, 2016 at 06:52 PM EDT
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Geri Halliwell says she “felt so proud” while watching Adele discuss the Spice Girls during her appearance as part of Carpool Karaoke with James Corden earlier this year.

“She connected with us, she says, because we were just five ordinary girls who ‘got out,'” Halliwell, best known as Ginger Spice, said in an essay written for the August issue of Marie Clare. “We all wanted to get out, stand up and be heard, be counted and have a voice that mattered… Our message screamed it for every girl… The Spice Girls is bigger than one, two, three, four, or five members. It belongs to us all.”

Speaking Corden during the viral Late Late Show segment in January, Adele recalled how the Spice Girls breaking through “was a huge moment in my life.”

“It was girl power, and it was these five ordinary girls who did so well and got out. I was like, I want to get out. It was a really important period of my life,” Adele said. The singer later added that the Spice Girl she most identified with was Halliwell, and said she was “truly heartbroken” when Halliwell left the group.

Read Geri Halliwell’s full essay here.

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