Posh’s fears:

With fans ques­tion­ing the state of her re­la­tion­ship and even blam­ing her for the “cold” ex­changes with her hus­band David, in­sid­ers say Vic­to­ria Beck­ham feels in­creas­ingly lonely

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Rebecca Twomey

“I’m fight­ing an up­hill bat­tle with David”

t was meant to I be her defin­ing mo­ment, cel­e­brat­ing ten years of her fash­ion em­pire as she graced the cover of Vogue with her four chil­dren. But last week Posh faced a bit­ter back­lash over the ar­ti­cle, which fu­elled more spec­u­la­tion over her 19-year­mar­riage to David Beck­ham.

Fans ques­tioned why David, 43, was no­tice­ably ab­sent from the cover shot, which fea­tured Vic­to­ria, 44, and their chil­dren – although he did ap­pear in fam­ily pic­tures in­side the magazine and with Posh on the cover of the sub­scribers’ edi­tion.

Then they were at­tacked for the “bizarre” way they de­scribed their re­la­tion­ship, with Posh say­ing, “We both re­alise that we are stronger to­gether than we are as in­di­vid­u­als”. Mean­while, David posted a care­fully worded Instagram mes­sage, say­ing he was “so proud of her” and was “happy to be in a po­si­tion to support her dreams.”

And they were also called out for not men­tion­ing “love” by fa­mous celebrity jour­nal­ist Ali­son Boshoff, with sources say­ing that David was adamant he didn’t want to play a big part in the in­ter­view or be pic­tured on the cover as it was sup­posed to be about Posh’s fash­ion ca­reer. There were ad­di­tional claims that he’s against putting their chil­dren in the lime­light, while his wife is all for it. As Closer has pre­vi­ously re­ported, this has caused on­go­ing ten­sion within their mar­riage.

LOOK­ING DIS­TANT

Fans spec­u­lated on­line, “I sus­pect the mar­riage has been over for some years” and “Looks like she’s cling­ing on to the brand. He’s ap­peared quite cold to­wards her and she very des­per­ate.” While an­other added, “There is still no close­ness or in­ti­mate body lan­guage on the new Vogue cover. They are so dis­tant it’s laugh­able. Stay­ing to­gether for Brand Beck­ham and noth­ing else.”

And while the me­dia storm around the cou­ple gath­ered pace, David was pic­tured in Mi­ami, where he is partly based now, en­joy­ing him­self around the pool.

Now in­sid­ers tell Closer that Posh – who shares Brook­lyn, 19, Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and Harper, seven, with David – was des­per­ately try­ing to avoid neg­a­tiv­ity around her mar­riage and is up­set the in­ter­view had back­fired so spec­tac­u­larly.

❛SHE FEELS AS IF DAVID GETS AWAY SCOT-FREE AND SHE’S SHOWN IN A BAD LIGHT❜

A source says, “Vic’s tried ev­ery­thing, but no mat­ter what she does, they’re a con­stant tar­get of crit­i­cism and trolls – that’s what mo­ti­vated her de­ci­sion to side­step talk­ing about the re­la­tion­ship. She’s dev­as­tated the in­ter­view didn’t have the de­sired re­sult – to fi­nally si­lence the mar­riage crit­ics – and feels how­ever she presents their re­la­tion­ship, she can never make it work with David. She spoke to David about how she felt, he agrees with her that it’s best they don’t com­ment on their mar­riage pub­licly. He’s al­ways re­mind­ing her that what­ever they do there will be con­stant spec­u­la­tion. Her main pri­or­ity is pro­tect­ing her kids from the hurt­ful com­ments.”

AF­FAIR SCAN­DAL

The cou­ple have been plagued by re­ports of mar­riage trou­ble over the years – with David’s al­leged in­fi­delity re­peat­edly hit­ting the head­lines.

In 2004, al­le­ga­tions sur­faced that David had an af­fair with his former PA, Rebecca Loos, and there have been other claims of his in­fi­delity since – all of which he’s strongly de­nied. More re­cently there were false re­ports of is­sues in the mar­riage af­ter David’s spate of par­ty­ing with other women, in­clud­ing model Poppy Delev­ingne and so­cialite Lady Mary Char­teris. Then in Fe­bru­ary, David was the tar­get of a bar­rage of neg­a­tive press dur­ing the leaked email scan­dal dubbed “Beck­ileaks”, where it was claimed that he’d at­tempted to use char­ity work to gain a knight­hood. At the time, David’s spokesper­son re­leased a state­ment say­ing, “This story is based on out­dated ma­te­rial taken out of con­text.” Just four months later he was at the cen­tre of an­other me­dia storm when ru­mours swirled that the cou­ple were set to di­vorce – claims they both ve­he­mently de­nied.

“CLINGY” PICS

And Closer re­ported ear­lier this month, how Posh was left hurt by trolls, who ac­cused David of “ig­nor­ing” her with his typ­i­cally stand-off­ish body lan­guage and ques­tion­ing whether he had any “feel­ings” for his wife af­ter they posted pics on hol­i­day with El­ton John.

And af­ter trolls con­tin­ued to call her “clingy,” “des­per­ate” and “paw­ing” at David last week, sources say Vic­to­ria’s feel­ing low.

The source says, “Posh has ac­cepted that peo­ple will al­ways want to tear down her mar­riage, but she can’t get her head around the way every­one seems to blame her for the re­ported is­sues.

“She feels as if David gets away scot-free, and she’s al­ways shown in a bad light. Vic can’t help feel­ing he doesn’t un­der­stand how she feels or can re­late to her pain, as no mat­ter what he does, the pub­lic al­ways wor­ship him. She feels like she’s fight­ing an up­hill bat­tle, and doesn’t know what to do next.”

The pair seemed dis­con­nected in re­cent pic­tures

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