Posh and Becks! The love story between Victoria and David Beckham stretches over two decades and has resulted in four children. However, during their initial encounter, she was Victoria Adams, a Spice Girl in the early stages of fame, and he was a rising star at Manchester United, on his way to becoming one of the greatest midfielders in the sport.
The couple’s enduring love is highlighted in the recently released Netflix documentary, “Beckham,” which explores the beginnings of their romance, celebrating their journey of more than a quarter of a century together.
We reflect on the love story of David and Victoria, tracing their journey from the enchanting beginnings of love at first sight to the collaborative establishment of their empires and the growth of their families. Through trials and challenges, David and Victoria have weathered adversity, emerging even stronger.
Let’s revisit their enduring romance:
David reminisces about watching a Spice Girls video that showcased Victoria in a catsuit, proudly proclaiming to his Manchester United teammate, Gary Neville, “The girl in that video, that’s the one I’m going to marry.”
Posh accompanied Sporty Spice (Melanie Chisholm) to a game in London, and according to David, he missed his opportunity in the player’s lounge afterward.
“I’m quite shy,” David admitted later to W magazine about the encounter. “I just waved from the other side of the bar, said hello, and then returned to Manchester. I was quite upset and disappointed.”
A week later, fortune smiled on David when Victoria attended another game in Manchester.
“She had a couple of drinks, so I thought, ‘Why not? I’ll give it a shot and ask for her number,'” David revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in 2020. “We chatted for about an hour at the player’s lounge, and she had taken the train that day, so she actually wrote her number on the train ticket, which I still have.”
Both of them characterized this moment as a love-at-first-sight experience.
“I definitely felt that, yeah. You did too, I hope,” David playfully teased Victoria on the Michael Parkinson Show. “It was definitely the moment I saw her. I didn’t even have to meet her. I just wanted to meet her. I just fancied her. It was just a matter of getting together after that.”
“I knew as soon as I met him. One of the most attractive things I found about David is that he shared the same family values as me,” Victoria recounted. “He’s a very kind person. We’re really good friends on top of everything.”
Following David’s proposal at Rookery Hall Hotel in Cheshire, England, the couple revealed their engagement, with Victoria showcasing a sizable marquise-cut diamond ring from her soon-to-be husband. Over the years, she would be presented with a total of 15 different engagement rings from her husband.
The couple discovered Victoria’s pregnancy while the Spice Girls were touring in Brooklyn, New York. Victoria recently posted a photo capturing that memorable day.
The pair radiated joy well before Victoria embraced her iconic pout. They appeared completely enamored during the Antonio Berardi Fashion Show in London.
Accusations surfaced that David had kissed another woman while Victoria was expecting their first child, Brooklyn. In her 2001 autobiography, “Learning to Fly,” she revealed returning home and confronting the athlete with a punch.
“I hadn’t planned it. I hadn’t punched anybody before. Just instinct,” she wrote at the time. “I just felt angry and hurt.“
The couple openly discussed experiencing suicidal thoughts during the scandal. They eventually sought refuge in Lake Como, Italy, to escape and emerged from the trip united.
Victoria and David later addressed the scandal in an interview with TV host Michael Parkinson.
“As much as you can trust someone and they say, ‘Obviously, I haven’t done this. I don’t know this person.’ As much as you want to believe that person, they’ve still put that element of doubt in your mind,” Victoria explained about the situation. “People can say what they want about me, but David is the one person — and Brooklyn — that’s mine.”
“The worst thing for me was seeing Victoria hurting so much,” David expressed at the time.
Their initial son, Brooklyn, was born on March 4, 1999. Victoria subsequently revealed that she chose the name because she had always been fond of the girl’s name “Brooke.” The coincidence of discovering her pregnancy while on tour in Brooklyn, New York, with the Spice Girls added a serendipitous touch.
The pair donned one of their most memorable ensembles at the Versace Club Gala Party in London. Victoria has since affirmed that she harbors no regrets about the coordinated leather outfits.
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The couple set aside their disagreements and exchanged vows at Luttrellstown Castle near Dublin, Ireland, on July 4, 1999. The wedding featured a Robin Hood theme for the decor, characterized by a color scheme of burgundy, dark green, and cardinal purple. Victoria adorned a Vera Wang gown and a gold tiara crafted by Irish designer Slim Barrett, while David opted for a white tuxedo. Later, for the reception, the duo changed into coordinating iconic bright purple ensembles.
Victoria brought their 1-year-old son, Brooklyn, to cheer for his dad at the Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur match. The adorable toddler made his way over to his father on the pitch, while his proud mom observed with joy.
The Beckhams encountered royalty when they participated in the Prince’s Trust Capital FM Party in the Park in London. The couple was captured beaming as they exchanged greetings with the then-Prince Charles.
The duo marked their son’s special day with flair, hosting a second birthday celebration for Brooklyn at the Wacky Warehouse in Cheshire, England.
The pair joyfully welcomed their second son, Romeo, at Portland Hospital in London. Shortly afterward, David shared his sentiments with reporters at the nearby Regent’s Park.
“It’s always nerve-wracking to have children, but it’s the most beautiful thing in the world,” he expressed at the time.
Maintaining their penchant for coordinated styles, the couple made a striking appearance at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards. David sported a ponytail and an all-white ensemble, while Victoria donned a lace-up corset dress.
Victoria proudly stood beside her husband as he was honored with the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace.
A story emerged alleging that David had an affair with Rebecca Loos, an assistant at his management firm. Subsequently, it was reported that a tabloid paid the woman $600,000 for her story. Years later, Victoria shared with W magazine, “David and I got through it together.
No one said marriage was going to be easy. Yes, there have been bumps along the road. But the fact is we’ve come out of everything we’ve been through stronger and happier. It’s even better now than when we were first married. After all these years, we can just come home and have a laugh together.”
Their third child arrived while the couple was in Madrid, Spain. Cruz was born at the Hospital Ruber Internacional while his father was playing for the Real Madrid soccer team.
Embarking on a trip to Rome, the Beckhams were present at the wedding of their friends, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, held at Castello Odescalchi.
Upon their arrival in Los Angeles after David’s move to LA Galaxy, the couple was welcomed by other notable couples. They shared photo moments with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, as well as Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, at the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Geffen Warehouse during their welcome party.
After their significant relocation to America, the alluring couple heated up the cover of W magazine. While the provocative photoshoot garnered attention, they also expressed their admiration for each other within the glossy pages.
“I trust my wife 110 percent,” David stated. “When people say, ‘Victoria wears the trousers,’ I’m happy with that.”
Victoria, alongside their sons Romeo and Cruz, enthusiastically supported their soccer star father during his 100th appearance for England in a match against France.
Affirming their transition to America, the fashion-forward couple made their debut at the Met Gala for the Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy theme. Posh adorned herself in a sheer, embroidered, collared white gown, while Becks opted for a timeless black tuxedo.
Eagerly embracing American celebrity culture, the Beckhams were seen sitting courtside at the Los Angeles Lakers vs. Dallas Mavericks game with their sons, Romeo and Cruz, on their laps.
As the boys grew older, they enjoyed a rare red carpet appearance at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards. Brooklyn, Romeo, and Cruz all strolled down the carpet alongside their renowned parents, showcasing broad smiles.
Expecting a child, Victoria accompanied by David, attended the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. She wore an elegant loose navy gown paired with a matching fascinator hat.
Following years of raising sons, the couple joyfully welcomed their daughter, Harper Seven, into the family.
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Victoria offered a rare glimpse into her and David’s lives with their four children.
“Me and David, we work a lot, but the kids are everything to us. And we’re very, very present. And I think it’s important that the kids have a good work ethic and try to help other people in the world.”
The couple attended the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor, England. Several months later, Meghan would don some pieces from Victoria’s fashion line during her farewell tour of the U.K.
Commemorating David’s remarkable tenure with the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2007 to 2012, the couple posed in front of a statue erected in his honor at Legends Plaza in Carson, California.
The delighted parents were present at the wedding of their eldest son, Brooklyn, and their daughter-in-law, Nicola Peltz. Despite their joyful appearance at the event, subsequent rumors have circulated about a potential rift between the Beckhams and their daughter-in-law.
David showcased his commitment to Victoria with additional themed ink, opting for a cursive “Posh” tattoo on his middle finger. “I’ve just had ‘Posh’ done . . . any of the tattoos I’ve got are of the family,” David revealed to The Sun.
Later in the same month, the couple delved into the details of their widely publicized romance in the inaugural trailer for the documentary Beckham. They disclosed the clever strategy they employed to keep their relationship discreet in the early days.
“My manager kept saying, ‘Try and keep it under wraps,'” Victoria shared. “So we would meet in car parks, and that’s not as seedy as it sounds.”
David humorously commented on their secret rendezvous, saying, “Classy.”
And the love story continues.
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