David & Vic­to­ria Beck­ham’s frag­ile re­la­tion­ship crum­bles as they con­tinue to drift apart

THE COU­PLE’S MAR­RIAGE CRUM­BLES AS THEY DRIFT FUR­THER APART

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The writ­ing’s on the wall. As David and Vic­to­ria Beck­ham head into their 19th year of mar­riage, the pair can’t seem to hide the fact that they’re grow­ing fur­ther and fur­ther apart. Weeks have gone by since they were last spot­ted to­gether, and after spend­ing more time sep­a­rately than they do as a two­some, the celebrity pow­er­house duo just can’t shake talk that their re­la­tion­ship is on its last legs.

Since David re­tired from pro­fes­sional foot­ball in 2013, the dy­namic of their union has changed sig­nif­i­cantly. With Posh’s ca­reer no longer tak­ing a back seat so that she can look after their four chil­dren, her busi­ness ven­tures have seen huge suc­cess over the last few years. And while at first David ad­mit­ted

to en­joy­ing be­ing a ‘house hus­band’, the 42-year-old has be­gun to feel an itch again.

‘ Vic­to­ria is work­ing harder than ever and is in­cred­i­bly fo­cused on run­ning a busi­ness and be­ing a work­ing mother. David has never had more time on his hands, de­spite his very suc­cess­ful busi­ness,’ an in­sider says of the pair. ‘He’s a dot­ing dad and spends so much time with his kids. But he still hasn’t got used to life with­out the rou­tine of pro­fes­sional foot­ball. Quite frankly, he’s bored.’

It’s not just con­trast­ing ca­reer paths caus­ing fric­tion in their al­most two-decades-long mar­riage. The pair’s lack of com­mon in­ter­ests is also said to be putting a strain on the re­la­tion­ship. While David has made a habit of hit­ting the road on boys’ mo­tor­bike trips and join­ing his pals for a spot of hunt­ing in the English coun­try­side, Vic­to­ria would much rather at­tend events in Lon­don or hit up New York for Fash­ion Week with her hair­styl­ist and pal Ken Paves and bestie Eva Lon­go­ria.

Al­though the cou­ple have long since come to terms with the fact that they’re lead­ing sep­a­rate lives – with Vic ad­mit­ting she

DAVID’S NEVER HAD MORE TIME ON HIS HANDS… FRANKLY, HE’S BORED

and David ‘both re­spect that each of us are very, very busy’ – the di­vide be­tween them has even seen the fash­ion de­signer ditch plans to ren­o­vate their Ox­ford­shire man­sion in the UK’S Cotswolds to­gether.

After months of ren­o­va­tions on the fam­ily’s new home caus­ing rows, Vic­to­ria is said to have told David that he can have the coun­try es­tate all to him­self. ‘The house was orig­i­nally bought by David,’ says an­other in­sider of the $10 mil­lion barn con­ver­sion. ‘It needed a to­tal over­haul, and Vic­to­ria said the only way she could live there was if they put in sep­a­rate liv­ing quar­ters and a spe­cial kitchen for her per­sonal chef, as well as a gym. But ren­o­va­tions have dragged on for so long now, Vic­to­ria told David he could do what he wanted and make it his own coun­try pad.’

Now, all traces of the former Spice Girl have been cut from the latest plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions, which only bear David’s name and no longer in­clude any of the $5 mil­lion ex­ten­sions the fash­ion de­signer had orig­i­nally re­quested to make life in the coun­try bear­able for her. ‘In­stead of a fit­ness stu­dio or ex­tra kitchen, there’s a home cin­ema and an out­side of­fice with stor­age, prob­a­bly for David’s hunt­ing guns,’ shares the in­sider. ‘It looks like it’s been de­signed for proper coun­try lovers – even the ex­te­rior’s be­ing done by Chelsea Flower Show win­ner Mar­cus Bar­nett. David’s made a huge ef­fort with the gar­den, or­chard and sur­round­ing mead­ows to make them as ru­ral and wild as pos­si­ble.’

So is the former soc­cer star’s new ‘bach­e­lor pad’ a sign that things are head­ing south for the cou­ple? Becks – who was seen with his BFF Guy Ritchie on Oc­to­ber 9, look­ing som­bre as he em­braced his pal be­fore they parted ways – has taken to coun­try liv­ing since re­tir­ing from life as a pro ath­lete. ‘I love go­ing to pubs in the coun­try­side,’ he’s said of a favourite low-key pas­time. But his fond­ness for all things ru­ral isn’t the fu­ture Posh saw for her­self – es­pe­cially since her em­pire is based in Lon­don. ‘Vic­to­ria does not want to live in the coun­try,’ says the in­sider. ‘She might visit when it’s fin­ished, but she loves her fam­ily home in Lon­don and is so busy with work, she won’t be there much.’

Spend­ing time apart doesn’t seem to worry the cou­ple. With Vic­to­ria con­tin­u­ing to jet all over the world for her fash­ion line, David has taken the op­por­tu­nity to spend one-on-one time with their four chil­dren – Brook­lyn, 18, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 12, and six-year-old Harper – catch up with old mates and spend time on the promo trail for his many am­bas­sador roles. But while Vic­to­ria is in­tent on mak­ing her num­berone fo­cus build­ing her fash­ion brand, the 43-year-old knows that lead­ing sep­a­rate lives might soon spell the end of their mar­riage.

‘At this point in life, Vic­to­ria thought she’d be spend­ing more time with David, not less,’ ex­plains a friend of the trou­bled duo.

VIC THOUGHT SHE’D BE SPEND­ING MORE TIME WITH DAVID

SEP­A­RATE HOUSES BECKS’ BACH­E­LOR PAD Is David look­ing to use the Cotswolds home as his bach­e­lor es­cape? While the former foot­baller can’t wait to set­tle into coun­try life, Posh won’t be join­ing him NO ‘THERE’S OF MEN­TION ON VIC­TO­RIA G PLANNIN THE FORMS’

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