Vic­to­ria: ‘only i can save david’

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She’s very strong but there have been a few teary mo­ments

Af­ter those leaked emails, the Beck­hams are at break­ing point. But Vic­to­ria’s de­ter­mined the scan­dal won’t beat them…

Vic­to­ria Beck­ham should be bask­ing in the re­views of her New York Fash­ion Week show. She should be look­ing for­ward to her next project, the sec­ond drop of her Estée Lauder make-up range (out Fri­day). She should at least be think­ing about a hol­i­day. But fol­low­ing leaked emails between hus­band David, 41, and his PR ad­vi­sor Si­mon Oliveira, Vic­to­ria, 42, has a more press­ing job: work­ing on her mar­riage and sav­ing the pair’s pub­lic image. It’s Op­er­a­tion Brand Beck­ham.

‘Vic­to­ria will do what­ever it takes to get back on track,’ says an in­sider. ‘She knows they can do it.’

But can they? ‘Beck­ileaks’ has been a huge PR blow to the cou­ple. The ex­plo­sive emails, which seem to re­veal David’s at­tempts to use char­ity work as part of a cam­paign for a knight­hood, as well as the star’s com­ments about Kather­ine Jenk­ins (‘OBE for what? Singing at the rugby and go­ing to see the troops plus tak­ing coke. F**king joke’) have cast ‘Gold­en­balls’ in a pretty un­flat­ter­ing light. For­mer fans have blasted the star – even X Fac­tor judge Sharon Os­bourne ad­mit­ted she was ‘dis­ap­pointed’ over the scan­dal. And mezzo-so­prano Kather­ine, 36, hit back at David via her man­ager Jonathan Shalit, who spoke out about her ‘ser­vices to mu­sic and char­ity’, adding: ‘With re­gards to the tak­ing of coke, which Kather­ine has coura­geously pub­licly ad­mit­ted with great hon­esty – this was when she was in her early twen­ties, still study­ing.’

This lat­est scan­dal comes a month af­ter re­ports sur­faced that Vic­to­ria’s fash­ion la­bel suf­fered a loss of £4.6 mil­lion de­spite tak­ing a £6.7 mil­lion loan from David’s com­pany. A rep clar­i­fied the fig­ures ‘mis­rep­re­sented how the cou­ple’s busi­nesses op­er­ate’, adding that a pri­vate hold­ing com­pany over­see­ing all their busi­nesses ‘re­ports a sub­stan­tial profit’. But add to that David and Vic­to­ria’s dis­agree­ments over whether to re­lo­cate to Mi­ami for David’s new foot­ball club ven­ture, as well as their gru­elling work sched­ules, which have seen them spend weeks apart, and the cou­ple are now in cri­sis talks, with Vic­to­ria vow­ing to take the reigns.

‘She’s pulled in a team of top ad­vi­sors, PR peo­ple and image con­sul­tants for guid­ance,’ a close pal tells Look. ‘It’s clear it will be Vic­to­ria who’s in charge of what hap­pens next. She’s been through so much with David that she’s best placed to make big de­ci­sions about how they bounce back from this scan­dal. She knows it could have a mas­sive im­pact on both their ca­reers and has a very clear plan.’

Dur­ing a re­cent ap­pear­ance on Ra­dio 4’s Desert Is­land Discs, David con­fessed he and Vic­to­ria had faced ‘tough times’ – and this cer­tainly adds to the list. What’s more, the cov­er­age fol­low­ing David’s re­cent night out with model Poppy Delev­ingne, 30, at LA’S Soho House, dur­ing which he was snapped open­ing a car door for her at the end of the evening, is said to have in­fu­ri­ated Vic­to­ria. But with David fly­ing back from LA on 3 Fe­bru­ary for cri­sis talks, while Vic­to­ria left for NYC on 4 Fe­bru­ary, the pair had lit­tle time to dis­cuss mat­ters – some­thing that’s hurt Vic­to­ria.

‘She’s very strong, but Vic’s taken this all to heart – she cares what peo­ple think about her,’ says a source. ‘There have been a few teary mo­ments.’

And while the rest of the Beck­ham clan have been putting on brave faces, post­ing fam­ily Instagram shots and tak­ing a busi­ness-as-usual ap­proach on so­cial me­dia, Vic­to­ria’s fo­cus has been on mov­ing for­ward.

‘She’s try­ing to con­vince David to do some­thing re­ally big to turn the tide of neg­a­tiv­ity to­wards them,’ says our source. ‘She’s think­ing they can do some­thing like a big in­ter­view to help sort out this mess.’

As Look went to press, there were re­ports David had been black­mailed about the re­lease of the emails. It’s fair to say this is go­ing to be a very test­ing time for the Beck­hams – but if there’s any wo­man who get them through it, it’s def­i­nitely Vic­to­ria.

David with kids Romeo, Harper, Cruz and Brook­lyn and pet dog Olive

David jet­ted home from LA on 3 Fe­bru­ary af­ter en­joy­ing a night out with Poppy Delev­ingne

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