David & Victoria Beckham’s fragile relationship crumbles as they continue to drift apart
THE COUPLE’S MARRIAGE CRUMBLES AS THEY DRIFT FURTHER APART
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’