vic­to­ria beck­ham: The back­lash

Her com­pany losses were made public and she’s sent the lawyers in to stop the Spice Girls re­union… Sud­denly Vic­to­ria’s not so pop­u­lar any more

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The new year isn’t shap­ing up to be quite the one Vic­to­ria Beck­ham wanted… While our New Year’s res­o­lu­tions have long since waned, Vic­to­ria Beck­ham might be con­sid­er­ing a bit of a change in strat­egy for Fe­bru­ary. A do-over, if you will. Jan­uary 2017 has ended up be­ing quite a busy month for the de­signer – how­ever, in­stead of the usual pre-fash­ion Week chaos of miss­ing sam­ples and last-minute meet­ings, Vic­to­ria’s ex­pe­ri­enc­ing drama of another kind.

Fol­low­ing the public rev­e­la­tions that her com­pany had to be ‘bailed out’ by her hus­band David’s to pre­vent a loss of ‘mil­lions’, it was re­vealed that Vic­to­ria, 42, has been speak­ing to lawyers about the Spice Girls re­union – some­thing that’s left fans of the band feel­ing a tad bit­ter. ‘Posh would not be missed’ is just one com­ment from sev­eral on­line.

‘Vic­to­ria’s a bag of nerves at the mo­ment,’ says a source close to the star. ‘There have been a lot of tears. She’s just try­ing to pro­tect her­self, but the fans can’t seem to see that.’

The Spice Girls were set to re-form later this year for a se­ries of gigs, un­der the acro­nym GEM (Geri, Emma, Mel B) af­ter Mel C also de­clined to join them. Geri Horner sub­se­quently an­nounced her preg­nancy and re­vealed she would no longer be part of it – but it was Vic­to­ria who was la­belled a ‘bitch’ by Mel B in a TV in­ter­view. The group last re­united for the Lon­don 2012 open­ing cer­e­mony and Vic­to­ria vowed that would be the very last time – and she wants to keep her word.

‘Vic’s re­ally up­set the le­gal part has all come out,’ says a source. ‘Of course she doesn’t want to up­set her old friends. But when it was sug­gested that GEM would be per­form­ing new songs and Spice Girls songs, the ad­vice she had was that she had to pro­tect the Spice Girls’ legacy and her own in­ter­ests. That meant get­ting the lawyers in­volved.’

We’re told that her de­ci­sion was based on the fact that she co-owns the com­pa­nies that hold the song rights to Spice Girls hits such as Say You’ll Be There.

The back­lash has been se­ri­ously painful for Vic­to­ria, who was hop­ing to move on – es­pe­cially with another new col­lec­tion launch in Fe­bru­ary, which she hopes will si­lence crit­ics who’ve been made aware of her fi­nan­cial losses since last sea­son.

In 2014, Vic­to­ria would have lost ap­prox­i­mately £4m – ap­par­ently down to huge ex­pan­sion in her over­seas stores – if she hadn’t been helped by David’s com­pany; in 2015, she made a loss of £4.6m while ow­ing a com­pany in David’s name over £7m. De­spite the re­ports, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive for Beck­ham Brand Hold­ings said: ‘This mis­rep­re­sents how their busi­nesses op­er­ate. There is a pri­vate hold­ing com­pany (Beck­ham Brand Hold­ings Ltd), owned equally by Vic­to­ria, David and Si­mon Fuller’s XIX, that over­sees all the Beck­ham busi­nesses, which re­ports a sub­stan­tial profit for 2015.’

It’s still quite a bit­ter pill for the de­signer to swal­low as more pour scorn on her ‘van­ity project’.

‘She’s al­ways on ten­ter­hooks when a new col­lec­tion is in the off­ing and this sea­son she’s taken a few risks with her de­signs,’ says our source. ‘‘The stress of pro­duc­ing new ranges all the time is re­ally show­ing and it’s taken quite a toll on her home life. She’s mor­ti­fied that they’ve had to bail her busi­ness out fi­nan­cially yet again, and is putting mas­sive pres­sure on her­self.’

It’s also said to be caus­ing ten­sion be­tween her and David, 41. ‘With her in­ter­ests in Amer­ica and China grow­ing all the time, she’s hardly got any spare time at all,’ says another friend. ‘That’s why she makes such a big deal of hav­ing amaz­ing fam­ily hol­i­days.’

The Beck­hams re­cently spent Christ­mas to­gether in the Mal­dives, as Vic­to­ria knows she’ll soon be busy with Fash­ion Week. It’s mak­ing us wor­ried, VB – you need to chill.

One thing that might help is the fam­ily’s plan to fi­nally set­tle down. They’ve been house­hunt­ing in Mi­ami, but Vic­to­ria’s ap­par­ently fallen in love with a £5m house in the Cotswolds.

‘The talk of mov­ing to the Cotswolds is prob­a­bly a bit pre­ma­ture, but that’s def­i­nitely David’s dream. He re­ally wants them to have a place they can run away to where it’s to­tally re­laxed and away from work,’ our source re­veals. ‘But while I know they love one place in par­tic­u­lar, pri­vacy is so im­por­tant to them that they’ll prob­a­bly have to keep look­ing for a bit longer.’

There have been tears. She’s just try­ing to pro­tect her­self

They’re said to be plan­ning a Cotswolds move

With Fash­ion Week com­ing up, Vic’s busier than ever

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