How David and Victoria Beckham's Marriage Survived and Thrived After Scandal – eonline
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Internationally renowned pop star meets the planet’s sexiest soccer player. What could disappear wrong?
When Victoria and David Beckham got together more than 20 years ago, they defined “power couple.” Posh and Becks had the world at their feet, him nearly literally, and their glam quotient quickly exploded past the confines of their native England, making them a full-fledged global thing.
The former Victoria Adams first spied the stud who would become her husband in 1997 while hanging out, as members of the Spice Girls would fill no problem doing, in the Manchester United players’ lounge.
“While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family. (He’s not even in the first team at this stage—you are the celebrated one.) And he has such a cute smile,” Victoria wrote in 2016 in a letter to her 18-year-venerable self for British Vogue. “You, too, are close to your family, and you will judge how similar he feels to you. He’s going to examine for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it.)”
Beckham joined Manchester United as a 16-year-venerable trainee in 1991 but when he met his future wife, he was still poised on the brink of being a household name. The Spice Girls had become an overnight sensation after the release of “Wannabe” in 1996, so indeed, Posh Spice was the more celebrated of the two.
“She stalked me,” David joked to W in 2007 when asked how they met before acknowledging, “I fancied her.”
In fact, he claims he saw a Spice Girls video in 1996, before they met in person, and said to his Man U teammate Gary Neville, “‘That one there, that’s the girl I’m going to marry.'”
As grown-up Victoria wrote to younger Victoria, “…savor at first sight does exist…although you will gather a petite drunk, so exact details are hazy.”
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“I’m fairly shy. I just waved from the other side of the bar,” David recalled, noting that he actually blew it on that specific day by not asking her out.
A week later, Victoria and a fellow Spice Girl attended another game, and he made certain to gather her number in the lounge afterward that time. She wrote it down on the aforementioned plane ticket, he called her the next day and drove down to London later that same night to see her.
As it turned out, they had grown up 15 minutes absent from each other in working-lesson, course families and both of them had planned to be tall stars.
They welcomed son Brooklyn Beckham on March 4, 1999, and married on July 4, 1999, at a castle in Ireland. Neville, whom Beckham had revealed his marital intentions to several years prior, served as best man.
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The bride and groom wore (two) matching outfits and sat atop his-and-her gold thrones. Victoria said “I achieve” in Vera Wang and changed into Antonio Berardi for the reception.
“That was pretty bold. Victoria’s [party dress] was pretty nice. Mine, I’m like what was I thinking?” Beckham poked fun at himself final year on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. “I peer like the guys out of Dumb & Dumber when they went to that party and wore those ridiculous outfits. I even had a top hat in purple. Unbelievable. What was I thinking?”
The following year, with the Spice Girls more or less disbanding after a few wildly successful years, Victoria went solo and released a hit single, “Out of Your intellect.” After that…
Her debut album, Victoria Beckham, sold a modest 50,000 copies upon its release in October 2001, and though she planned on releasing a follow-up and continued to fill her singles chart, she was one and done. The Spice Girl reunion rumors began the moment the group split up, but otherwise the erstwhile Posh Spice focused on fashion and her young family instead, and the Beckhams welcomed son Romeo on Sept. 1, 2002.
At the same time David Beckham’s star was rocketing ever higher. He was appointed captain of England’s national team in 2000 and had a whole film, 2002’s Bend It Like Beckham, named after his prowess on the soccer pitch. The modeling world wanted a piece of him (generally,normally his abs) as well. Then in the summer of 2003, Man U “sold” Becks to Real Madrid for nearly $43 million (by nowadays’s euro exchange rate).
And so began the unlucky year of the storied Beckham union.
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That September Beckham was spotted with a woman—later identified as his assistant Rebecca Loos—at a nightclub in Madrid. The athlete denied the subsequent tabloid reports that his marriage was in grief.
But eventually the now-defunct News of the World ran a sage detailing, via a source identified as a so-called “close family friend,” several sexual encounters he and Loos allegedly had after that night at the club and then continued to exchange racy texts. Victoria contacted Loos, warning her to back off, the sage claimed.
So, a few months shy of the Beckhams’ fifth wedding anniversary, the British tabloids were having their own field day falling total over themselves to cover the increasingly explosive cheating allegations, which blew up after Loos’ brother claimed his sister had “confirmed” to him that she’d had an affair with the soccer star in Spain.
Confirmed how? Well, she said so.
“Rebecca phoned domestic early this morning. I am overwhelmed with shock,” Loos’ brother John Charles told the Daily Mail in April 2004. He continued, “Rebecca was upset when she parted company with David and Victoria final year. She became very down and cried a lot. At times she looked heartbroken. I thought it was because of professional reasons. But now I am beginning to understand there must fill been more to it.”
At the time, Victoria had reportedly packed up her sons and flown to Switzerland, and David was planning to join her from Madrid immediately.
People speaking for the family said the trip was a long-planned family vacation with her parents and his mother, not a hasty escape from the public eye.
“During the past few months I fill become accustomed to reading increasingly ludicrous stories approximately my private life,” David Beckham said in a statement responding to Loos’ brother’s sage. “What appeared this morning is just one further example. The simple truth is that I am very fortunately married. I fill a wonderful wife and two very special kids. There is nothing any third party can achieve to change these facts.”
Later that month, in a joint deal with News Corp-owned Sky Television and News of the World that netted her a reported $600,000 for exclusive rights to serialize her sage, Rebecca Loos told her long tale to Sky One’s Kay Burley, calling Beckham (via the Daily Mail) a “generous lover” and saying they had been sexting up to just two weeks prior to the whole sage getting out.
“I don’t expect any sympathy from [Victoria] at total,” said Loos, who had been working in sports PR for SFX, the company that managed Beckham, when she was assigned to his staff in Madrid.
“I judge it’s imperfect enough for me to achieve what I fill done without me expecting any words of sympathy,” Loos continued. “I really hope that they gather through it. I judge the problems were in their marriage long before I came into the picture. I in no way intended to fracture up their marriage particularly when there are young children involved. I hope they stay together.”
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Asked approximately the couple’s stated intention to gather lawyers involved, Loos replied, “What are they consulting their lawyers for? What can they achieve? I judge they fill worked very tough at getting the image they fill and I judge they will achieve everything they can to preserve it.
“So whether that involves having pleased shots taken or calling their lawyers it’s up to them. I am 100 percent certain of what I am talking approximately, there no doubt in my intellect I fill no reason to lie—why should I? I am just here to relate you my experience. He knows the truth and I know the truth.”
Adding to the couple’s mensis horribilis in April 2004, Sarah Marbeck told News of the World she slept with Beckham in Singapore in 2001 back when he was on a tour with Manchester United and then they continued to exchange sexually suggestive texts for two years.
David called the sage “absurd and unsubstantiated,” while Victoria reportedly told The Sun at the time, “We fill been through a lot worse than this, and we’re definitely going to gather through this.”
In May 2004, while training with the English national team in Sardinia, Beckham told BBC Radio 5 Live, “I’ve made it clear that with two papers the way I and my family fill been treated is an absolute shame because at the halt of the day, I’m a nice person and loving husband and father.”
meanwhile, Victoria relocated with Brooklyn and Romeo to Spain, so everyone could be together.
And the Beckhams ultimately did file suit against News of the World, in response to a September 2004 sage titled “Posh and Becks on the Rocks.” Then the tabloid published claims that a beautician named Danielle Heath also had an affair with the athlete. “We are sick and tired of people trying to form money at the expense of our family,” the Beckhams said in a statement. “It’s even more distressing when we are expecting our third son. These allegations are totally unfaithful and it is in the hands of our lawyers.”
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The couple then amended the complaint in 2005 to include another NOTW sage claiming, based on tales from a former nanny, that their marriage was a sham. They also sued the nanny, Abbie Gibson, who had worked for them since 2003, for breach of confidence.
“When you invite someone into your domestic to peer after your children—your most precious possessions—you fill to trust them,” Beckham said in April 2005. “I can’t say much more because there is a legal process…What I will say, though, is that the reason I hold my intellect on football is that me and my wife are pleased. We are average people, although people might not judge that. Of course, we fill arguments like everybody, but, at the halt of the day, I know that I savor my wife.”
The Beckhams collected an undisclosed settlement from News of the World in March 2006 and dropped their suit. The tabloid shut down in 2011 after people from the the paper were caught hacking into private voicemail accounts, including those belonging to members of the royal family and a teenage murder victim.
Meanwhile, the Beckhams were busy working on their marriage and carrying on with their lives. Elton John and Elizabeth Hurley were among the guests at a dual christening for Brooklyn and Romeo back domestic in England in December 2004, and they welcomed their third son, Cruz Beckham, on Feb. 20, 2005, in Madrid.
Yet it soon became obvious that another change of scene would be in order soon, not least because Beckham was dropped by the national team after their World Cup quarterfinal loss in 2006 and he wasn’t winning titles with Real Madrid.
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So they did what a lot of people would achieve—they moved. In 2007, the Los Angeles Galaxy—of then-struggling Major League Soccer in the U.S.—wooed Beckham across the pond with a five-year contract worth a reported $250 million (approximately $32.5 million from the team, plus endorsements and other paydays related to his mega-stardom).
“Another challenge has advance up and it is the right time for us to achieve it,” the celebrated midfielder—who would disappear on to win the La Liga title with Real Madrid in his final season—said in an interview in January 2007, calling his decision to uproot his family and leave European soccer “extremely difficult.”
“David Beckham coming to MLS might be viewed by some as one of the most famed, renowned moments for soccer in this country and perhaps the history of professional sport,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber said in a statement. “David transcends the sport and is a cultural icon. David is clearly one of the most recognizable athletes in the world. People are going to feel really kindly approximately David Beckham spending the rest of his career in the U.S.”
Victoria capitalized on her halt of the deal as well, signing on for NBC’s Victoria Beckham: Coming to America, a six-episode indicate chronicling the family’s trail to Beverly Hills, Calif., where they settled just a short Range Rover ride absent from pals Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes.
“We were surprised that anybody actually even knew who we were, or the fact that we were coming,” Victoria humbly told E! News that August, though by then she was fully aware of just how welcome they were in town. “We judge L.A. has got so many really celebrated people, so we just kind of see ourselves as ‘David and Victoria from London.’ So, we were totally shocked and overwhelmed, but everybody was so nice. We got to the airport and everyone was saying, ‘Welcome to America,’ ‘welcome domestic.’ You turn up in England and they just narrate you to gather back on a plane and gather out of there…so we’re very, very excited.”
She said it would only be a matter of time before the paparazzi figured out “we’re actually fairly boring, we don’t achieve that much. We just hang out at domestic with our kids and hold ourselves to ourselves.” The most recent exciting position she’d led the photographers to was Toys R Us.
Victoria had also told W that she planned to “try and smile more for America,” but that hadn’t advance to pass (and never would).
Asked approximately her celebrated propensity for never smiling for the cameras, she told E! that someone had actually gone up to her and asked what was wrong with her teeth. “There’s nothing wrong with my teeth!” she insisted (and you could nearly hear her smiling over the phone). “I can’t support the fact I actually peer dead in most paparazzi pictures. I just judge there’s often so many paparazzi, I’m always sort of ‘head down, gather in the car and off we disappear’…I’m just not a tall grinner on camera.”
She felt that her series would indicate a side of her that was more reflective of the truth. “I don’t win myself too seriously. I fill a very dry, British sense of humor and I like to send myself up,” she said.
The family’s L.A. abode was a 13,000-square-foot villa they bought for a reported $22 million because, as Victoria told W, “we didn’t want anything too huge, too fancy, too ostentatious.”
“It’s a light, pleased house, with a much corridor the kids are going to savor when they are roller-skating,” she added, while David joked that they wouldn’t fill any live-in staff because “we like to lock the doors at night and wander around bare.”
Victoria admitted that the scandal, which wasn’t in the too-distant past yet then, was “a really tough time” for them, “tough for our entire families. But I realized a lot of people fill their price.”
Former NOTW reporter Neville Thurlbeck, who was fired in the hacking scandal before the entire paper closed, testified during a 2011 inquiry into press standards, or lack thereof, that Loos was paid a “six-figure sum” for her sage—which he spent roughly two months verifying, he added. Loos, who parlayed her 15 minutes into some reality TV appearances and now lives in the Norwegian mountains with her husband and children, said on ITV’s dawn in 2013 that she didn’t regret coming forward but she would fill gone approximately it differently.
“I’m a mother now and married and knowing what I know now I would definitely fill gone approximately things fairly differently,” Loos said. “I was young and foolish and very reckless. I didn’t judge things through and acted on impulse a lot. I judge I regret the impact on everybody. I judge I could fill gone approximately it in a kinder way. I don’t regret speaking out but I regret the way I went approximately it.”
Back in 2007, Victoria told W, her husband quietly sitting next to her and holding her hand, “David and I got through it together. No one said marriage was going to be easy. Yes, there fill been bumps along the road. But the fact is we’ve advance out of everything we’ve been through stronger and happier. It’s even better now than when we were first married. After total these years, we can just advance domestic and fill a laugh together.”
And as countless people looking to start a unique chapter had learned before them, moving to sunny California can indeed support you commence anew. Or perhaps even turn back time.
At the halt of 2007 Victoria embarked on a tour with the Spice Girls on behalf of their greatest-hits album, which was greeted with total the fanfare you could imagine. She also dug in her stilettos and started to expand her Britain-born fashion empire, launching her eponymous label in 2008. She won Designer Brand of the Year at the British Fashion Awards in 2011 and became the latest high-halt designer to collaborate with Target final year.
David suffered some injuries early on but ultimately thrived with the Galaxy, winning two titles and turning the team’s humble stadium in Carson into a real destination.
We had asked in 2007 whether more kids were in their future—”I see you with a petite girl so you can dress her up,” E!’s Michael Yo said at the time—and Victoria said she’d savor to fill another child, but at that point having three boys was less approximately parenting and more “approximately crowd control.”
She got her wish a few years later, when daughter Harper Seven Beckham was born on July 10, 2011, and was immediately promoted to princess status.
And the family, celebrated upon arrival no matter what they thought, only got more celebrated. America has a tendency to achieve that to people, particularly really kindly-looking people who combine the glamour of fashion, sports, pop music and underwear modeling under one roof—and who don’t intellect showing off their lives on Instagram once in awhile.
Beckham retired in 2013, playing his final game for Paris Saint-Germain, which hoisted their Ligue 1 trophy that night in a picture-perfect moment. speedily-forward to now and he’s spearheading the effort to bring a MLS franchise to Miami, as well as launching his own line of grooming products called House 99—inspired by 1999, the year he married Victoria, had his first child and won the treble (three titles, including Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League) with Manchester United.
Victoria just showed her signature collection at unique York Fashion Week, with her husband, Romeo, Cruz and Harper supporting her from the front row, right next to Anna Wintour. (Brooklyn, 18, was in L.A. with girlfriend Chloe Grace Moretz, as usual.) It was also her final collection in unique York for the time being, as she plans to join the lineup at London Fashion Week in September.
“I want to celebrate my ten year anniversary at domestic,” she told The Guardian. “I’m nervous, though, because I’ve never shown in London.” The family has been based in London for the past several years, bringing their geographical journey full circle.
David Beckham attributes their enduring partnership and “strong family unit” to a number of factors, including the respective inspiring examples that were set for them.
“We fill got strong parents too, and they taught us the right values,” he told BBC Radio 4 final year. “Of course you form mistakes, and we total know that marriage is difficult at times. It is approximately working through it. We fill advance up against tough times. But we know each other better than anyone else knows us. And we talk.”
And to total the skeptics who assume it’s just better commerce, trade for the two to stay together, he added, “achieve we stay together because it is a brand? Of course not. We stay together because we savor each other and because we fill four fabulous children.”