VB: ‘i don’t trust my Friends’

From Wannabe to OBE, Vic­to­ria Beck­ham has re­ally made it. But it hasn’t been easy…

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While Vic­to­ria Beck­ham might be proud of the fact she’s trans­formed from a pop star into a global style icon, last week’s recog­ni­tion of the huge im­pact she’s had on the fash­ion in­dus­try was a defin­ing mo­ment for the de­signer.

Fac­ing Prince Wil­liam, Vic smiled as she stepped up to re­ceive her hon­our and be­come Vic­to­ria Beck­ham OBE (or ‘VBOBE’ as we’re af­fec­tion­ately call­ing her now). We’re told it’s this nod from roy­alty that she sees as her big­gest achieve­ment so far.

‘It was an ab­so­lute plea­sure to be at Buck­ing­ham Palace to­day,’ said Vic­to­ria, 43. ‘I’m proud to be Bri­tish, hon­oured and hum­bled to re­ceive my OBE from the Duke of Cam­bridge. If you dream big and work hard you can ac­com­plish great things. I’m so happy to share this very spe­cial oc­ca­sion with my par­ents and hus­band. With­out their love and sup­port, none of this would be pos­si­ble.’

‘It’s a mas­sive life mo­ment for her,’ says our well-placed source. ‘She works very hard and tries not to be both­ered about what oth­ers think of her, but this hon­our re­ally mat­ters to her.’

The OBE shows just how far VB has come. The star’s one of the most hard-work­ing women in the busi­ness, look­ing af­ter her own fash­ion col­lec­tion, ac­ces­sories range and cos­met­ics line, launch­ing fu­sion col­lec­tion Vic­to­ria Beck­ham x Tar­get just two weeks ago and guid­ing the ca­reer paths of her four chil­dren (she re­cently trade­marked Harper’s name and next it’s Brook­lyn’s pho­tog­ra­phy book in June). But it hasn’t been with­out great per­sonal sac­ri­fice.

Only last week the star ad­mit­ted that she doesn’t have many close al­lies: ‘I don’t have a lot of friends… I’m very close to my sis­ter and a friend I went to school with, and then three or four oth­ers,’ she said.

It’s not sur­pris­ing: Vic­to­ria’s al­ready racked up thou­sands of air miles in the past three months, trav­el­ling to and from the US for busi­ness and tak­ing hol­i­days with her brood. But Vic’s never been one to dwell on her prob­lems, say­ing she doesn’t ‘ever feel lonely’.

‘She’s proud of her­self but she knows how many sac­ri­fices she’s had to make – there’ve been a lot,’ says our source. ‘She has a very limited group of peo­ple she can re­ally trust, which has been dif­fi­cult, and she doesn’t get to re­ally re­lax ever. I know she wouldn’t change any­thing, though.’

Still, we’re told that her OBE hon­our has made her re­flect on how much she’s done and left her won­der­ing about the fu­ture. ‘I think she feels like she’s reached the sum­mit and now won­ders what her new challenges could be,’ says our in­sider. ‘She’s ab­so­lutely thrilled to get the hon­our and wouldn’t change it for the world, but at the same time it’s re­ally made her think about how she can set new challenges for her­self when she’s reached such heights.’

We’re proud of you, Posh, but can you fit more on your plate? Maybe you just need some downtime…

This hon­our re­ally mat­ters to her

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