The Beckhams discuss David’s alleged affair in new Netflix series
The sensational documentary about David and Victoria Beckham has been released on Netflix this morning. The four-episode documentary, titled Beckham, follows Posh and Becks in their personal and professional lives, going through their history together with interviews of the couple. In the series Victoria speaks for the first time about the pain she suffered in the aftermath of the claims about her husband David’s alleged affair with Rebecca Loos, with the former Spice Girl breaking down in tears as she confides it was the ‘hardest’ time of her life.
The series also included behind the scenes footage from their infamous wedding, in which they donned garish purple clothes during a lavish ceremony, including Gary Neville’s very rude best man speech. Meanwhile, David reveals his rows with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson, including the moment he had to be ‘held back’ by teammates during the infamous bust-up where the Scot kicked a boot at him. In one episode it details the footballing superstar’s struggles with his mental health after he became public enemy number one after his sending off against Argentina at the World Cup, with abuse being directed towards him and his family from the strangers.
The programme also features interviews with David’s parents about his childhood, the surreal moment he became a Manchester United player and what his mother really thought about the woman who would become wife and mother of this children. In the series the couple speak publicly for the first time about David’s affair with personal assistant Rebecca Loos.
Almost 20 years after it was claimed he and the personal assistant had become close while he was playing in Spain for Real Madrid, Mrs Beckham revealed that the months afterwards were the ‘hardest’ of her life and that she no longer felt like the couple ‘had each other.’ Meanwhile, Beckham admitted he still doesn’t know how they got through the 2003 crisis but he and his former Spice Girl wife knew they had to ‘fight for their family,’ and said they felt like they were ‘drowning’ when their high-profile marriage was in the headlines for months. The former England captain also told how he ‘felt physically sick every day’ as he and Mrs Beckham faced a battle to save their marriage.
In a searingly honest interview in the fourth and final episode, Mrs Beckham, 49, appeared to fight back tears as she was asked if it was the hardest time in their marriage. ‘100 per cent,’ she confessed. ‘It was the hardest period for us. Because it felt like the world was against us. ‘Here’s the thing, we were against each other, if I’m being completely honest. Up until Madrid sometimes it felt like us against everybody else but we were together, we were connected, we had each other. But when we were in Spain, it didn’t really feel like we had each other either. And that’s sad. I can’t even begin to tell you how hard it was. And how it affected me.’
Beckham, 48, stunned the world when his alleged relationship with Ms Loos were revealed in the now defunct News Of The World newspaper. At the time Mrs Beckham had decided to remain in the UK so that her young sons Brooklyn and Romeo could stay in their schools. The decision left Beckham lonely, and he admits that he struggled. He said: ‘When I first moved to Spain it was difficult because I had been part of a club and a family for my whole career, from the age of 15 to when I was 27. I get sold overnight, the next minute I’m in a city, I don’t speak the language. More importantly, I didn’t have my family. Every time that we woke up we felt there was something else… we both felt at the time that we were not losing each other but drowning.’
Asked how their marriage survived, Beckham told how he feared playing football while his wife struggled to find a way through their crisis. Shaking his head, he said: ‘I don’t know how we got through it, in all honestly. Victoria is everything to me, to see her hurt was incredibly difficult, but we’re fighters and at that time we needed to fight for each other, we needed to fight for our family. And what we had was worth fighting for. There were some days that I would wake up and think, “How am I going to go to work? How am I going to walk on to that training pitch? How am I going to look as if nothing’s wrong?” I felt physically sick every day when I opened my eyes, “How am I going to do this?”‘
The crisis prompted Mrs Beckham to relocate to Madrid, where they bought a £3million ($3.6million) home which she says she decorated herself. She later went on to have the couple’s third son, Cruz, now 18, in the Spanish capital. Despite creating a base for her family in Madrid, she admits she was not happy with leaving the UK. She said: ‘As soon as I could get the kids in school, we then move full-time. Did I resent David? If I am being totally honest, yes I did. It was probably, if I’m being honest, the most unhappy I have ever been in my life. It wasn’t that I felt unheard because I chose to internalize a lot of it because I was always mindful of a focus that he needed.’ Mrs Beckham described their time in Madrid as a ‘nightmare’ and ‘an absolute circus’, while Beckham said the school run was ‘live on Spanish TV.’
In the series the couple also look back at their wedding, which took place on July 4, 1999, at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, with OK! magazine paying £1 million ($1.2 million) for the photography rights. David shared clips from his big day in the docu-series, laughing at his decision to make their guests wear black and white while he and Victoria donned garish purple ensembles. ‘I think I just took Victoria’s lead on it but what were we thinking?!’ Having no regrets on her end, Victoria quipped: ‘It was fun! We weren’t worried about what people were going to say. I mean Christ, how lovely to be that way when you just don’t really care you just want to express yourselves’ but she did confess ‘I don’t know where the thrones came from,’ while referring to the gold chairs she and David posed on.
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