Posh tells David: “You’re hurt­ing our fam­ily”

● David Beck­ham’s pop­u­lar­ity falls to an all-time low af­ter ap­par­ent lack of re­morse over speed­ing charge ● Fans in­sist money has changed him and ex­perts say his sense of en­ti­tle­ment has led to down­fall ● In­sid­ers say Posh is strug­gling to stay sup­porti

Closer (UK) - - Contents - By Kather­ine Romero

There’s deny­ing power no and the suc­cess that Brand Beck­ham has achieved over the years, with the fam­ily re­ported to be worth even more than the Queen, hav­ing an es­ti­mated half-a-bil­lion-pound for­tune.

But while David, 43, was once re­garded as a na­tional hero – go­ing from work­ing­class teenager to Eng­land cap­tain and earn­ing mil­lions through lu­cra­tive deals with Adi­das, Rolex and Sam­sung – his pop­u­lar­ity has crashed in re­cent weeks. The for­mer foot­baller left fans fu­ri­ous when he hired lawyer Nick Free­man – nick­named Mr Loop­hole – to get him off speed­ing charges af­ter he was caught driv­ing at 59mph in a 40mph zone ear­lier this year.

David – whose own lawyer ad­mit­ted last week he should have been con­victed for the charge from a “moral stand­point” – failed to apol­o­gise for his

ac­tions and, in­stead, seem­ingly cel­e­brated es­cap­ing the fine with a lux­u­ri­ous meal with wife Posh in Paris, which in­cluded a £1,300 bot­tle of wine. They then flew out to a French vine­yard with A-list pals in­clud­ing Eva Lon­go­ria and Gor­don Ram­say.

HERO TO ZERO

Just days later, David – who shares Brook­lyn, 19, Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and Harper, seven, with Posh – ap­peared on stage in Paris to help launch new Viet­namese lux­ury car firm Vin­fast. It was also an­nounced he’d bought a £3m Lon­don pub with film di­rec­tor pal Guy Ritchie and that he and Posh had sold their Bev­erly Hills man­sion for £25 mil­lion – mak­ing an £8 mil­lion profit. One critic posted on­line, “David Beck­ham – from hero to zero in the last few years. Money and fame has made you a vile in­di­vid­ual.” An­other added, “Money has ru­ined him.” And in­sid­ers say that de­spite her best ef­forts to stay sup­port­ive, Posh – who fans noted ap­peared dis­tant from David dur­ing their French get­away – is fu­ri­ous at the back­lash his re­cent ac­tions have sparked.

BACK­LASH

An in­sider re­veals, “The head­lines and com­ments have re­ally up­set her. Vic has al­ways tried to be there for David, but she’s find­ing it more dif­fi­cult this time. There’s no deny­ing that his driv­ing was reck­less and could have put lives in dan­ger. She’s wor­ried about the way it [es­cap­ing the fine] looks to his fans, but she’s also warned him the back­lash is re­ally hurt­ing them as a fam­ily. Peo­ple are lin­ing up to crit­i­cise David and she knows that’s hurt­ful for the chil­dren. It’s not a great sit­u­a­tion.”

Fash­ion de­signer Posh, 44, has worked hard to paint a per­fect pic­ture of fam­ily life, reg­u­larly up­load­ing pho­tos with their chil­dren on the school run or do­ing home­work to­gether. But her 19-year mar­riage has faced con­stant spec­u­la­tion this year, with the pair be­ing forced to deny claims they were di­vorc­ing in June.

The source con­tin­ues, “Vic works hard to show how nor­mal their fam­ily life is. She and David came from nor­mal be­gin­nings and she wants to in­still the same val­ues in their kids and prove that de­spite the suc­cess and fame, they are just like ev­ery­one else.

“She’s wor­ried that David’s re­cent be­hav­iour seems to go against that. David also knows how hard she’s found the con­stant spec­u­la­tion over their mar­riage. What she didn’t need was yet an­other scan­dal and she can’t help but feel David has al­most brought this one on him­self and didn’t con­sider the reper­cus­sions.”

David – who was signed to Manch­ester United in 1991 – has weath­ered many storms in his al­most 30-year ca­reer. He be­came a na­tional hate fig­ure af­ter be­ing sent off with a red card for kick­ing an­other player dur­ing the 1998 World Cup, and was later forced to deny cheat­ing claims with his PA Re­becca Loos and beau­ti­cian Danielle Heath, both in 2004.

Be­havioural psy­chol­o­gist Jo Hem­mings be­lieves his abil­ity to bounce back from scan­dal has caused David to be­lieve he’s now in­vin­ci­ble. She ex­plains, “David used to be very PR con­scious and de­ter­mined to be the good guy and fam­ily man. But his re­cent be­hav­iour is like he’s taunt­ing the pub­lic. It’s as if he thinks he’s in­vin­ci­ble and that noth­ing can de­stroy his rep­u­ta­tion.”

EX­POSED

David’s pop­u­lar­ity suf­fered a huge knock in 2017 when emails – that he later claimed had been doc­tored and taken out of con­text – be­tween him and his pub­li­cist Si­mon Oliveira re­vealed he’d branded the Hon­ours Com­mit­tee “un­ap­pre­cia­tive c***s” af­ter he missed out on a Knight­hood in 2013. At the time, one fan com­mented, “Beck­ham’s halo has gone. Now we see the real him”.

PR ex­pert Mark Borkowski tells Closer, “David has lost the com­mon touch. When you start us­ing your power, money and sta­tus to be above the av­er­age per­son and above the law, it ag­gra­vates peo­ple.”

❛PEO­PLE ARE LIN­ING UP TO CRIT­I­CISE DAVID AND SHE KNOWS THAT’S HURT­FUL FOR THE KIDS❜

Pals say Posh works hard to show her fam­ily is just like ev­ery­one else’s Shortly af­ter a he speed­ing es­caped con­vic­tion, he helped to launch a new lux­ury car firm

The pair were no­tice­ably dis­tant dur­ing their re­cent French get­away

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