David and Victoria Beckham have been a leading example for famous couples, having tied the knot 17 years ago. David, one of the most famous footballers in the history of the game, rose to stardom at Manchester United, before moving to Real Madrid.
His career path led him to MLS club LA Galaxy and he would get loaned out to AC Milan on two occasions. The Englishman ended his career in France with Paris Saint-Germain and is now looking to build his own MLS franchise in Miami, which could debut in the next two years or so.
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Victoria, meanwhile, is now a fashion model and designer, who also owns her own fashion label. She rose to the fore in the 90s, breaking out as part of the Spice Girls. She was given the name ‘Posh Spice’ by a popular magazine, but went out on her own after the group split.
The couple have four kids. Their three sons are named Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz, while their daughter is named Harper Seven.
The Beckham’s are certainly one of the most popular couples on the planet and that comes with a fair amount of publicity. But here are 15 things you may not have known about them.
15. THE AFFAIRS
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An exemplary pair they might be, that doesn’t make them perfect – especially David, who was said to have extramarital relationships.
Back in 2004, a woman named Rebecca Loos claimed to have had a four-month affair with the former England captain. As the story goes, Rebecca met him during his Madrid days, taking up a job as his personal assistant. She lost her job after being pictured with the then 28-year-old Beckham and initially denied having an affair.
However, she would sell her story to News of the World and instantly shot up to fame.
Another woman, Sarah Marbeck, came forward in that same year, making claims of a two-year affair with the star, also saying that she slept with him in a hotel used by the England team and also hooked him up with a few other women.
Victoria, though, stood by her man through all of the allegations.
Moral here: Loos lips don’t always sink ships.
14. VICTORIA’S NICKERS ARE NEVER SAFE
David became the butt of jokes among his teammates after his wife revealed that he enjoyed wearing her underwear. Appearing on the TV Show The Big Breakfast back in 2000, Victoria said: “He [David] likes to borrow my nickers.”
Upon further questioning by the hosts, she confessed that her husband had a preference for thongs, before asking “Well David’s mum’s not gonna be impressed with that, is she?”
The player was obviously quizzed on his wife’s statement and ultimately admitted guilt, stating that Victoria was an honest person and that it was all true.
“She said a few things in the past that we really laugh about,” he explained candidly. “Um, about me wearing her underwear. … She’s just an honest person and it’s all true.”
13. THEY’RE QUITE LUCKY TO HAVE KIDS
As mentioned before, David and Victoria are the proud parents of four kids, but they are indeed fortunate to have even had one, given that Victoria suffers from a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.
She was diagnosed in her early 20s, before giving birth to any of her children, but did not let that keep her down. She does admit feeling the pressure, however, once telling a magazine: “I’m really feeling that pressure. Every time I go out, someone says to me: ‘Are you pregnant?”’
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, called PCOS, is a disease which causes women’s hormones to be out of balance. It is obviously manageable, as Victoria has proven, but it could lead to other diseases such as diabetes, as well as heart problems.
The fact that she stood up to PCOS four times is quite the story, yet things could have been very, very different.
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12. THE KIDNAP PLOT
When you’re at the top, you dare to be shot at, or kidnapped, something the Beckhams could have experienced had a supposed kidnapping plot not been foiled.
In 2002, reports claimed that England’s glamour couple were the intended victims of a would-be snatching. Victoria and her two sons, Brooklyn and Romeo, were said to be the targets of a gang, who had already planned the whole thing.
News of the World claimed that the gang members had carried out surveillance, visited their house and planned escape routes. The intention was to grab Victoria and her kids, keep her imprisoned in a South London safe house and then demand a ransom of £5 million.
The plot was foiled by an informant, who took his story to the papers and all suspects were arrested.
The case was later dismissed, however.
11. THE BAIL-OUT
According to reports, David bailed out his wife’s designer brand with a sum of £5.2 million after she incurred losses of £3.8 million in a year.
Victoria’s wealth is estimated at £120 million, but after sticking by the ex-midfielder through incredible allegations of an affair, she has every right to let him take care of her losses. She recorded a turnover of £34 million in 2014, but opened her own shop in London, which cost her well over £3 million.
Figures at the end of 2015 revealed that the couple’s income was so high, they made more money as business persons than they made in football and signing. However, Victoria’s company recorded a loss, while David’s companies, which mainly sell his image rights, netted a profit of $12.7 million.
10. IT REALLY WAS LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT
Yes, love at first sight does exist and the couple can tell you that’s exactly what came into play when they began.
“It will happen to you in the Manchester United players’ lounge, although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy,” said Victoria in a letter to her younger self published in a popular British magazine.
It would seem that David had it all planned out himself. Even before breaking the ice with his bride to be, he already knew that she would be the one. Sitting watching TV with teammate Gary Neville, who was his best man at the wedding, Becks told the now-pundit that he would marry Posh Spice when a Spice Girl music video came up.
“I turned around to Gary and said, ‘That one there, that’s the girl I’m going to marry,’” he recounts, speaking to another British magazine.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
9. FATE PLAYED ITS PART TOO
Apart from the love at first sight bla bla, it seems that the pair were destined for each other. David knew he was going to marry Posh while watching TV, but she picked him out of a football sticker book, as the ex-player revealed.
“My wife picked me out of a soccer sticker book,” he remarked. “And I chose her off the telly… It felt straight away like we’d always been meant to be together.”
David and his wife both grew up in London and amazingly just 15 minutes away from each other. Neither of them grew up in wealthy families, but life worked it out so their fame would bring them together.
David was less popular than Victoria when he was introduced to her and he was just breaking into the team. He was quite the shy one, but managed to get her number, which she wrote down on a plane ticket.
It is rumored that Beckham still has said plane ticket, but wrote the number down on six different sheets of paper to ensure that he never lost it.
8. THEY COULD BE GUNNING FOR A FIFTH
The couple overcame PCOS on four occasions, and as rumor would have it, they’re looking at a possible fifth try. According to a close friend of Victoria’s, the former Spice Girl has wanted another baby since after her daughter Harper was born.
A few months back, sources claimed that Victoria was getting her body ready for yet another pregnancy by increasing her intake of folic acid. Doctors recommend plenty of that before and during pregnancy to ensure a safe childbirth and, given her condition, she’s every right to take every precaution. A diet of spinach, broccoli and leafy greens were said to be on her daily menu, as they are all rich in folic acid.
Becks seems to be well on board in this venture, and could even want a sixth, by the look of things. “We might have one more or two more, you never know,” he said after the birth of his last. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
7. DAVID’S GOT OCD
That’s right, the former England international suffers with a condition called obsessive compulsion disorder, or OCD. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, as someone without OCD would never be able to take such accurate free kicks, but Becks wishes he never had it. Opening up on the situation 10 years ago, he revealed that he was fastidious in every way possible, even with the number of soda cans in his refrigerator.
“I have got this obsessive compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs,” he said. “I’ll put my Pepsi cans in the fridge and if there’s one too many then I’ll put it in another cupboard somewhere.”
Poor guy, but don’t feel too sorry for him. He’s bloody rich.
6. VICTORIA HAS A CRY-BABY ON HER HANDS
Becks may seem quite manly at first glance and he really is (or so we hope), except that he cries too much. The Englishman has been known to sweat from his eyeballs profusely during movies and even TV shows, such as Friends.
Just look at the footage from his very last football match for PSG; he cried for nearly 90 minutes. The emotional outpouring even made fans cry. Victoria, having known him for a very long time, knows all too well how sensitive her husband can be. So punching him in the face for something as petty as a few affairs is really quite shameful on her part.
Beckham revealed that the blow caused him a bit of bleeding as well. But wounds heal, no?
5. VICTORIA LIES TO HER HUSBAND
Victoria has revealed that she lies to David on occasion, but not for any sinister reasons.
Apparently, she is quite worried about a skin problem, having suffered from terrible acne in the past, and lies so she could sneak off to a dermatologist for treatment.
“I try to see Sarah Chapman at least once a month but I’ve been known to tell David I’ve been to a meeting when really I’ve gone to Chelsea to see Sarah,” she confessed just last month. “How come you’re back from the meeting not wearing make-up, he’ll ask. You’re not wearing make-up which isn’t like you!”
Well, if that’s all she lies about, then Becks is a pretty happy guy. Although there’s the crying and what not.
4. POSH IS A JEALOUS ONE
And who could blame her after the rumored affairs? Just months ago, a magazine reported that the pair were facing a possible split over insecurity issues.
Apparently, Victoria has told her husband that she does not like him going to events that leave him open to female attention because it makes her feel uncomfortable. While the former star reassured his wife that he was fully committed to her, he also said that he will not stop enjoying himself.
She has been struggling with jealousy for quite some time now and feels very upset when she’s out with her husband and females still get on flirty with him.
Posh has every right to feel that way, and not just because her husband was accused of having affairs. But she should also understand that she’s married to one of the most famous men on the planet, and being together this long, she should have gotten used to it.
3. THEY MADE A KILLING OFF THEIR WEDDING
When the pair tied the knot back in 1999, it was always going to be a huge attraction and every news outlet wanted a slice of the pie. The wedding ceremony took place at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland and cost £500,000.
Becks and Posh sat on golden thrones on that day, dressed up as royalty, and their cake bore nude sculptures of the two on the top. An 18-piece orchestra also played Spice Girls hits throughout the whole thing.
It was an extravagant affair indeed and they should have taken a hit in the pocket, but they reportedly made £2.2 million from agreeing an exclusive deal with OK Magazine, who were the only media allowed to showcase the event.
A divorce would be much cheaper we imagine.
2. POSH HAS QUITE THE SULTRY NICKNAME FOR HER HUSBAND
As if ‘Becks’ wasn’t good enough, Victoria has put her own spin on things as it pertains to pet names for her spouse. Eight years ago, the former Spice Girl revealed that she referred to him as ‘Golden Balls’ while being interviewed by Michael Parkinson on Only Fools and Horses.
“I call him Golden Balls now,” she said, leaving the former star with his head in his hand, but probably wished she could have taken it back immediately.
“That’s one of those things I shouldn’t have said,” she admitted, along with a playful tap on his knee.
As for the derivative, we may never know, but she leaves the door open to all kinds of assumptions, especially having once said that her partner is quite large down there. Or could it be football related?
1. THEY DON’T LIKE THEIR KIDS PLAYING FOOTBALL IN THE HOUSE
Strange rule that, especially for a footballing family, but David and Victoria don’t want their kids playing football in the house. Or at least David pretends that he doesn’t want it. As parents, the Beckhams are pretty strict. They have to approve every social media post, ensure that they’re all polite, but for their eldest son Brooklyn, there’s no curfew.
Playing football in the house is a no-no for the boys, but you can be sure that they do it anyway. And no matter how much they’re scolded by their mum, they can’t seem to stop.
“They’re still fun and they still run around the house and they’re still crazy and they’re dancing and they’re kicking footballs around, which I don’t allow them to do,” Victoria said last month. “That seems to be the one area I can’t discipline them, they will not stop playing football in the house.”
Hmm, wonder where they got that from.