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
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.
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.”
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