Uh-oh, things re­ally aren’t look­ing good for Posh and Becks’ mar­riage... again

It’s been an­other dark week for the cou­ple

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They couldn’t have trav­elled much fur­ther away from their daily lives, but even in Aus­tralia – 10,000 miles from home – Vic­to­ria and David Beck­ham couldn’t es­cape their prob­lems. And af­ter an­other week of neg­a­tive head­lines plagu­ing them, in­sid­ers tell heat the cou­ple have had some of the worst times ever in their mar­riage – and the de­signer is at break­ing point try­ing to hold ev­ery­thing to­gether.

“She’s so close to the edge now,” says a source close to the cou­ple, who have been mar­ried for nearly 20 years and have four chil­dren, Brook­lyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper. “David doesn’t seem to care any more about how peo­ple per­ceive their mar­riage, and he doesn’t want to try to por­tray a per­fect life in pub­lic when they are go­ing through a tough pe­riod of their re­la­tion­ship.

“She’s in pieces over it and is cling­ing on in the hope that things will turn around. It feels like crunch time for Brand Beck­ham. They both know they can’t go on like this.”

Last week, heat told you how fans were shocked by clips from an in­ter­view David, 43, gave to an Aus­tralian news show, where he called his mar­riage “com­pli­cated” and “hard work”. The rest of the chat was later aired, where the for­mer foot­baller also touched on how lit­tle time there is left in their re­la­tion­ship af­ter work and car­ing for kids. He said, “Your chil­dren, they want your time and they de­serve your time. We are hard work­ing and we feel that is the right way to bring up our chil­dren

– to prove and to show to them that ac­tu­ally you have to work re­ally hard to be suc­cess­ful.” He added, “We’ve been mar­ried for a re­ally long time now… To be mar­ried the amount of time we have, it’s al­ways hard work – ev­ery­body knows that. But you make it work. You make dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions – trav­el­ling away, be­ing away from each other – you make it work.”

Re­ports claimed Vic­to­ria, 44, was dev­as­tated by his com­ments and spent two days cry­ing, although her rep de­nies this and other re­ports claimed her un­hap­pi­ness was to do with a break-in at their Cotswolds man­sion. Shortly af­ter­wards, the for­mer Spice Girl con­firmed she’d checked into a spa in Ger­many, which spe­cialises in emo­tional bal­ance. And sources say she’s con­sid­er­ing re­turn­ing. “She se­ri­ously feels like check­ing into a re­treat for a month,” says the in­sider. “She just needs to es­cape from ev­ery­thing and says the two days she spent there were per­haps the most rest­ful and peace­ful she’s had in years. She’s liv­ing in fear that she’s go­ing to just lose it if ev­ery­thing be­comes too much for her. Vic­to­ria knows she needs to take a break, but it’s dif­fi­cult. It feels like ev­ery­thing’s pil­ing in on top of her, and it’s tak­ing a lot to keep her head above wa­ter.”

The Beck­hams spent last week in Aus­tralia, where David was work­ing as an am­bas­sador for Prince Harry’s In­vic­tus Games. While he shared snaps on so­cial me­dia of days out with his sons, Vic­to­ria was pic­tured at a fit­ness class and tak­ing her daugh­ter to a nail sa­lon – post­ing a pic on In­sta­gram of Harper read­ing her re­cent Vogue Aus­tralia in­ter­view. It was her sec­ond cover for the mag­a­zine in as many months, as the de­signer had also ap­peared in the Bri­tish edi­tion to cel­e­brate ten years of her fash­ion la­bel. The mag caused a big stir, as David was miss­ing from the fam­ily pic­ture on the front cover of the main edi­tion. In the chat, Vic­to­ria made sev­eral enig­matic, cool com­ments about her mar­riage, in­clud­ing, “We both re­alise that we are stronger to­gether,” and, “Would ei­ther of us be in the po­si­tion that we are in

now had we not met and been to­gether all those years ago? We are much stronger – the six of us – than we would be if we were in­di­vid­u­als. We re­spect that.”

While the fam­ily were abroad, David and Vic­to­ria also dealt with drama back at home, when a re­ported break in was caught on CCTV at their house in the Cotswolds. Three men – in­clud­ing one wear­ing a bal­a­clava – were chased away by neigh­bours and po­lice were called to the £6mil­lion prop­erty. “It’s yet an­other thing for Vic­to­ria to worry about,” adds the in­sider. “She’s now re­ally on David’s case about se­cu­rity for their homes and cars. She can’t get over how bla­tant the rob­bers were, and, as David will be spend­ing a lot more time in Amer­ica soon, it got her wor­ry­ing about what other crim­i­nals could be plan­ning. Their Aus­tralia trip was sup­posed to be spe­cial – the kids were on half term and it was a chance to show the world a united front af­ter David’s com­ments, but it just ended up be­ing tense and snappy.”

It comes on top of a truly tough 18 months for the cou­ple, as David has spent more and more time abroad and away. The for­mer Eng­land cap­tain has been try­ing to launch his own foot­ball team in Mi­ami since 2014, spend­ing mil­lions in the process. He is cur­rently ru­moured to be sourc­ing play­ers for the side, and it’s likely to take him to the US even more reg­u­larly. We’re told, “There are so many ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties com­ing up for David with the foot­ball project. It’s a huge in­vest­ment and he needs to have his head straight, not deal­ing with ru­mours and scru­tiny about his mar­riage. Hon­estly, he’s sick to the back teeth of it.”

The in­sider con­tin­ues, “For years, David was OK with play­ing happy fam­i­lies. The Beck­ham brand came first, and noth­ing was al­lowed to get in its way. That’s still true in many ways, but he’s speak­ing up for him­self a lot more and not in the mood to tol­er­ate any non­sense. He knew what he was say­ing in that in­ter­view and he doesn’t re­gret it. He wants to stop try­ing to pre­tend ev­ery­thing is per­fect all the time, which he finds cheesy and ir­ri­tat­ing. If that means he ruf­fles feath­ers, so be it.

“He’s de­cided to fol­low his in­stincts. Vic­to­ria, on the other hand, wants him to show more sup­port. She hates how peo­ple are talk­ing about their mar­riage be­ing in trou­ble. This is her worst night­mare and she’s in an ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble place.” ■

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Walk­ing the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge with the boys

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