vic­to­ria: ‘i’m call­ing the shots’

She man­ages the en­tire Beck­ham clan seam­lessly, but David’s keen for Vic to take some time off…

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We don’t know how Vic­to­ria Beck­ham does it. One minute she’s show­cas­ing a new launch in Shang­hai, the next she’s touch­ing down in Africa for a sa­fari hol­i­day with her fam­ily. But de­spite VB hav­ing undis­puted in­cred­i­ble mul­ti­task­ing skills, one per­son who’s said to wish she would slow down is hus­band David – who’s re­port­edly beg­ging Vic to take even more time out. Ac­cord­ing to a source speak­ing ex­clu­sively to Look, David,42, is des­per­ate to have some qual­ity time with 43-year-old Vic­to­ria, es­pe­cially as their eigh­teenth wed­ding an­niver­sary is fast ap­proach­ing on 4 July. ‘David’s asked Vic to sched­ule in some down­time,’ re­veals a close friend. ‘For Vic, fam­ily does come first, but she be­lieves she can do it all. David knows she’s good at man­ag­ing ev­ery­thing, but doesn’t want her to burn out. How­ever, Vic­to­ria’s de­ter­mined to keep push­ing on with her ca­reer – in the next six months alone she’ll be out of the coun­try at least 15 times.’ It’s fair to say that VB has a pretty good track record when it comes to man­ag­ing the Beck­ham clan. Not only does the pop star turned

fash­ion de­signer jet all over the world for her ca­reer, she also man­ages the kids’ lives, too.

Son Brook­lyn, 18, is pre­par­ing to re­lease his de­but pho­tog­ra­phy book What I See on 29 June, while Vic­to­ria has re­cently en­rolled daugh­ter Harper, five, into a pres­ti­gious London stage school.

While there’s no deny­ing Vic and David pri­ori­tise their fam­ily – speak­ing at a Father’s Day event last week, David gushed that ‘time with the kids is the most im­por­tant thing to [him]’ – VB has ad­mit­ted her home life can be pretty hec­tic.

‘Nor­mally, I wake up, do half my work­out – an hour – wake the kids up, give them their break­fast, take them to school, come back, do an­other hour, quickly shower and then come into work,’ she said ear­lier this year, adding: ‘When I get in from work, it’s tea time, bath time, home­work time, bed­time, then if Brook­lyn is home I want to talk to him. So I don’t re­ally get any time in the evening.’

It’s not just the kids Vic is man­ag­ing. She’s said to be in charge of the fam­ily’s Cotswolds move – which is now de­layed thanks to plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion prob­lems.

Only last week, David’s Mi­ami soc­cer deal over­came a ma­jor hur­dle in se­cur­ing land to build a sta­dium. Vic­to­ria is said to have played a part in that, too. While the deal has been crit­i­cised for drag­ging on over the last few years, Vic has been a huge sup­port. And when David’s ‘Beck­ileaks’ scan­dal hit in Fe­bru­ary, she was said to have trig­gered an ac­tion plan to get a han­dle on the drama.

But Vic­to­ria is a self-con­fessed per­fec­tion­ist – in an in­ter­view ear­lier this year she re­vealed she ‘likes to be in con­trol’ – and has ad­mit­ted to be­ing a bit of a worka­holic. ‘She wants to spend more time with David but doesn’t want to stop pur­su­ing her ca­reer goals,’ our source says.

The fam­ily sched­uled in a hol­i­day to Africa a few weeks ago, but while David was busy post­ing heaps of fam­ily pho­to­graphs on In­sta­gram, Vic­to­ria’s so­cial me­dia was busi­ness as usual, shar­ing just a cou­ple of can­did shots. ‘I think I will prob­a­bly al­ways work,’ Vic re­vealed in May. ‘[But] I would like to spend more qual­ity time with my hus­band – go away for the week­end, that kind of thing.’

Hmm, we hope those two man­age to squeeze in a ro­man­tic get­away ASAP. Af­ter all, 18 years as a mar­ried cou­ple is a huge achieve­ment and def­i­nitely worth cel­e­brat­ing – happy up­com­ing an­niver­sary, guys!

David and Brook­lyn (be­low) and Vic­to­ria with Harper (left)

A model sports VB’S py­jama-style co-ords, as re­cently seen on the star in New York (main pic)

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