10 hot sto­ries, in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria un­der ‘re­lent­less pres­sure’, Ni­cole Kid­man on mak­ing sac­ri­fices and why life dead­lines hold us back

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FOR THE THIRD time in five months, Vic­to­ria and David Beck­ham were last week forced to fire-fight yet more ru­mours that their mar­riage is about to im­plode. The lat­est chain of events to rock the coun­try’s most fa­mous A-list cou­ple – and to keep them on the front pages of the tabloids al­most ev­ery day – came af­ter an Aus­tralian TV in­ter­view with David, in which he claimed their mar­riage was ‘hard work’.

Then came re­ports that Vic­to­ria had been in tears for ‘two days’ fol­low­ing his in­sen­si­tive and in­cen­di­ary com­ments, and that she had spent time at a £950-a-night emo­tional well-be­ing clinic in Ger­many. The de­signer even posted a pic­ture of her­self hik­ing nearby the re­sort. Then, fur­ther com­pound­ing the al­ready tense sit­u­a­tion, CCTV footage from the fam­ily’s £6 mil­lion Cotswolds home was re­leased show­ing masked rob­bers try­ing to break in while the fam­ily were away.

So, as the cou­ple ar­rived in Aus­tralia last week­end – for a half-term hol­i­day with three of their four chil­dren, and to at­tend Prince Harry’s In­vic­tus Games – it was un­der­stand­able why Vic­to­ria looked stony-faced at the air­port.

‘ Vic­to­ria is not in a good place,’ a friend told Grazia last week. ‘As much as she tries to hide it, the pres­sure of all this is re­ally get­ting to her. She can­not be­lieve she is in this sit­u­a­tion again. Her mar­riage to David is con­stantly be­ing ques­tioned.

‘ Vic­to­ria had no idea that David would do an in­ter­view for Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion and say what he did. In the midst of ev­ery­thing that has been go­ing on, it was the worst pos­si­ble thing he could say when she has done so much to try and coun­ter­act the con­stant back-bit­ing and gos­sip. It was like throw­ing a lit match into a room full of petrol. She feels she is un­der re­lent­less pres­sure and just wants it to stop.’

In­deed, given the amount the cou­ple have en­dured since wild so­cial me­dia ru­mours claimed they were about to di­vorce in June, David’s com­ments – ‘ When you’ve been mar­ried for the amount of time that we have, it’s al­ways hard work’ – have done noth­ing to stop spec­u­la­tion about the state of their 19-year mar­riage. The in­ter­net frenzy at the be­gin­ning of the sum­mer forced spokes­peo­ple for the cou­ple to de­nounce ru­mours of im­pend­ing di­vorce as a ‘crock 

of shit’. Then, last month, Vic­to­ria gave an in­ter­view to Bri­tish Vogue in which she de­scribed the suc­cess of their re­la­tion­ship as be­ing down to the fact that ‘we are stronger to­gether than we are as in­di­vid­u­als’. But what was in­tended as a cel­e­bra­tion of the 44-year-old for­mer Spice Girl’s 10 years as a fash­ion de­signer merely plunged her mar­riage into an­other gos­sip fes­ti­val as David (who ap­peared on the in­side pages and the sub­scriber’s cover in pho­tographs with his wife and chil­dren) was ab­sent from the fam­ily por­trait on the main cover. The source said: ‘ That Vogue piece was a to­tal own goal for Vic­to­ria in terms of shut­ting down all the talk about the mar­riage. David ap­par­ently said he just wanted it to be all about her, but the cover was a fam­ily pic­ture. They even had their dog Olive in the shot. His de­ci­sion made no sense and it just stirred up more talk. It hasn’t been this bad for them since his for­mer as­sis­tant Re­becca Loos claimed she’d had an af­fair with him 14 years ago.’ David’s be­hav­iour has also in­creas­ingly come into ques­tion. Over the past 18 months, the 43-yearold for­mer Eng­land foot­ball cap­tain ap­pears to have put down a se­ries of mark­ers that could be seen as dis­tanc­ing him­self from Brand Beck­ham.

Last year, he bought the £6 mil­lion man­sion in Ox­ford­shire – the first house not jointly reg­is­tered to the cou­ple. And their prop­erty port­fo­lio changed again this year when they got rid of their £25 mil­lion Bev­erly Hills home. In Jan­uary, he launched his Ma­jor League Soc­cer team in Mi­ami and an­nounced he would need to spend a lot of time in the US, where he is cur­rently look­ing for a pent­house apart­ment. He also this year pulled out of prop­ping up Vic­to­ria’s fash­ion busi­ness, which he had pre­vi­ously in­jected £5.2 mil­lion into. In­stead, last Novem­ber she re­ceived a £30 mil­lion in­vest­ment from a growth eq­uity firm. This sum­mer, it also emerged he had parted com­pany from Brand Beck­ham cre­ator Si­mon Fuller, who, af­ter 23 years in charge of the fam­ily empire, now man­ages only Vic­to­ria’s busi­ness af­fairs.

Com­men­ta­tors have noted how on David’s In­sta­gram feed there are few pic­tures of Vic­to­ria. In a photo they posted to cel­e­brate their 19th an­niver­sary in July, her hand was on his, but his hand was wrapped around a wine glass.

Last week, a source close to David re­futed claims Vic­to­ria had been in tears over the tele­vi­sion in­ter­view.

Mean­while, a sec­ond source said, ‘ What David was ac­tu­ally try­ing to say in that in­ter­view is that no mar­riage is easy and, be­cause they are in the pub­lic eye, be­cause they made that de­ci­sion to turn their fam­ily into a me­dia brand, then they are con­stantly un­der the mi­cro­scope, which just makes ev­ery­thing more dif­fi­cult. Ev­ery mar­riage changes as the chil­dren grow older and work op­por­tu­ni­ties present them­selves – in their case, you have to mul­ti­ply all those things by a thou­sand be­cause there is al­ways so much go­ing on.

‘ Vic­to­ria is not go­ing to give up on this mar­riage and, what­ever peo­ple think, she knows that she and David are ab­so­lutely right to­gether. What peo­ple don’t re­alise is she feels ev­ery word – ev­ery pic­ture is ab­so­lute stress.

‘ The rea­son they are in Syd­ney is to be with Harry and Meghan to sup­port the In­vic­tus Games. She knows how hard it’s go­ing to be to be pic­tured this week. But she also be­lieves they will even­tu­ally come out stronger. What they ac­tu­ally need is qual­ity time to­gether away from the spot­light, but with their sched­ules and busy lives, that seems dif­fi­cult.’

WHAT DAVID AND VIC­TO­RIA NEED IS QUAL­ITY TIME AWAY FROM THE SPOT­LIGHT

L-R: the Beck­hams in Syd­ney; Vic­to­ria and Harper with her Aus­tralian Vogue cover; David, Romeo and Cruz on top of the Har­bour Bridge

Clock­wise from above: VB at a Ger­man well-be­ing clinic; David gives that Aus­tralian TV in­ter­view; Vic­to­ria at her Lon­don Fash­ion Week S/S ’19 show

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