Beckhams shut down ru­mours (again)

Saturday Star - - L U X U R Y -

MAR­RIAGE is al­ways“hard work”.

But when the words stum­ble out the mouth of one of the world’s sex­i­est, rich­est, me­dia savvy men it is tabloid pan­de­mo­nium.

In an in­ter­view on Aus­tralian TV pro­gramme The Sun­day Project David Beck­ham told host Lisa Wilkin­son: “When you’ve been mar­ried for the amount of time that we have, it’s al­ways hard work.”

Adding that with chil­dren “It be­comes a lit­tle more com­pli­cated”.

This af­ter the 43-year-old David and 44-year-old Vic­to­ria un­der­went ma­jor me­dia scru­tiny of their re­la­tion­ship in June.

Vic­to­ria, a mogul in her own right, shut down re­ports that she cried for two days when she ap­peared on the cover of Vogue.

She said in the in­ter­view: “Peo­ple have been mak­ing things up about our re­la­tion­ship for 20 years, so David and I are used to ig­nor­ing the non­sense and just car­ry­ing on as nor­mal.

“But th­ese things have a wider ef­fect on the peo­ple around us, and that’s un­fair.”

The de­signer re­cently com­mem­o­rated the 10th an­niver­sary of her name­sake brand by un­veil­ing her spring/sum­mer 2019 col­lec­tion.

The power cou­ple are par­ents to Brook­lyn, 19, Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and Harper, 7.

They’ve been pic­tured most re­cently on so­cial me­dia at­tend­ing the In­vic­tus Games in Aus­tralia as a fam­ily.

David told the ABC that his chil­dren were en­joy­ing spend­ing time Down Un­der. “To bring the fam­ily over, to make them ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing like this is pretty in­cred­i­ble.”

Mean­while, Daily Mail re­ports say back home Vic­to­ria is build­ing Romeo a ten­nis court on their sprawl­ing Cotswolds prop­erty.

They’re also en­listed Chelsea Flower Show win­ner Mar­cus Bar­nett to trans­form their gar­den into a “fairy­tale ru­ral re­treat” as well.

Last year the Daily Mail re­ported that David’s busi­ness recorded a stag­ger­ing £24.9 mil­lion profit af­ter tax, thanks to the suc­cess of en­ter­prises such as his men’s fash­ion range Kent & Cur­wen and his role as global am­bas­sador for pan-asian life in­surance group, AIA in Hong Kong – alone thought to be worth more than £5m per year.

Sources close to David say the real split he’s look­ing for is from man­ager Si­mon Fuller. Fuller, is a part-owner of Beck­ham’s US soc­cer team, In­ter Mi­ami, and could lose his in­ter­est.

In­ter­est­ingly Fuller will re­main a share­holder in Vic­to­ria’s fash­ion busi­ness and will con­tiue to man­age her.

A source told The Daily Mail, “There is a lot of wran­gling over money. Brand Beck­ham has been go­ing for 23 years and it isn’t an easy one to un­tan­gle.”

The Wash­ing­ton Post re­cently read, “mar­ried, and (ac­cord­ing to a strongly worded state­ment) stay­ing that way”. It reads:

“What we know: ru­mours be­gan swirling on so­cial me­dia that the soc­cer star and the singer turned fash­ion de­signer would soon an­nounce their di­vorce.

A spokesper­son for the cou­ple hit back in a very British way: “What non­sense. Jour­nal­ist whis­pers and fake news fu­elled by so­cial me­dia,” the rep­re­sen­ta­tive told Peo­ple. “There is no im­pend­ing state­ment, no di­vorce.”

The Post went on to say: “Why we care: thanks to their beauty, wealth and suc­cess, the Beckhams are iconic in the way that Brangelina was. In­fi­delity ru­mours have long dogged the cou­ple, who have been mar­ried for al­most 19 years.

“In 2006, the cou­ple set­tled a defama­tion law­suit against the nowde­funct tabloid News of the World, which they said falsely claimed their mar­riage was in trou­ble.”

“David and I got through it to­gether,” Vic­to­ria said the fol­low­ing year. “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.” | Omesh­nie Naidoo

Vic­to­ria and her chil­dren on the cover of Vogue.

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