Vic­to­ria & DAVID: torn apart

To get even sched­ules set With the Beck­hams’ down… putting her foot busier, Vic is

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Oh dear. Does the drama ever stop for the Beck­hams? For­mer footie ace David and fash­ion de­signer Vic­to­ria might be days away from cel­e­brat­ing their 18th wed­ding an­niver­sary on 4 July, but ten­sions are said to be run­ning high at their Lon­don res­i­dence. Sources say the pair are bat­tling against their ‘in­sane work sched­ules’, which threaten to keep them apart for much more time than they’d like.

As Look re­ported a cou­ple of weeks ago, 43-year-old Vic has been man­ag­ing the en­tire Beck­ham fam­ily seam­lessly while jet­ting around the world and man­ag­ing her fash­ion em­pire. But now she’s thought to be taking a step back to con­sider her and David’s work com­mit­ments – and a re­cent de­vel­op­ment with David’s Mi­ami foot­ball team deal is said to be a cat­a­lyst in her de­ci­sion.

While David’s plans for a sta­dium were given the green light ear­lier this month, they could be de­layed even fur­ther af­ter a top Mi­ami lawyer voiced some wor­ry­ing con­cerns last week. Ac­cord­ing to a close source, it could mean David, 42, spend­ing even more time in Amer­ica – so what does that mean for the Beck­hams?

‘Vic­to­ria’s re­fus­ing to slow down,’ re­veals a close pal. ‘She and David al­ways put the fam­ily first but it’s go­ing to be dif­fi­cult as they both need to be in dif­fer­ent coun­tries a lot in the fu­ture.

‘She’s de­ter­mined to take her busi­ness to the next level in the com­ing months but doesn’t want to do it at the cost of her mar­riage and home life.’

The friend adds: ‘She’s re­ally sup­port­ive of David and it’s not like she’s ask­ing him to sac­ri­fice all his dreams and am­bi­tions, but she’s gripped with a real dilemma of try­ing to keep the mar­riage fresh and alive while they’re both con­tend­ing with fran­ti­cally busy sched­ules.

‘He’s taken on this huge re­spon­si­bil­ity of launch­ing the Mi­ami foot­ball team and he’s go­ing to be busier than ever.’

The ten­sions arise as el­dest son Brook­lyn pre­pares to head to univer­sity in New York in Au­gust. ‘I got in on my own, not be­cause of my par­ents, which is cool,’ re­vealed Brook­lyn re­cently (read our exclusive chat with him on p34). ‘And they gave me a schol­ar­ship.’

Brook­lyn leav­ing home is said to have jolted Vic­to­ria a lit­tle. While she wants him to head out into the world, she’s feel­ing a lit­tle sad about her first­born fly­ing the coop.

‘Ob­vi­ously Vic wants Brook­lyn to do his own thing, but it’s made her re­alise how pre­cious time is,’ ex­plains a pal. ‘She feels as though only five min­utes ago she was chang­ing nap­pies. It’s made her think about the rest of the kids – be­fore she knows it they’ll be grow­ing up and leav­ing home, too. She wants to make the most of it.’

De­spite this, Vic is adamant that she’s feel­ing good about the fam­ily over­all. Re­cently she re­vealed her moody pout was merely a façade.

‘If I re­ally was as mis­er­able as I look in some of those pa­parazzi pic­tures, my chil­dren wouldn’t be as happy as they are. And I cer­tainly wouldn’t be mar­ried any more,’ she said. How­ever, friends say the truth is Vic is strug­gling but she’s do­ing her best to put up a united front. Af­ter all, it wasn’t long ago she re­vealed she was hop­ing to spend ‘more qual­ity time with her hus­band’.

While Vic’s de­ter­mined the un­cer­tainty won’t rock the fam­ily, she’s said to have made a new pact with David, with new rules.

‘They’ve promised to fly from wher­ever they are to have at least one proper date week­end a month,’ the friend re­veals. ‘Their teams know that fam­ily hol­i­days are the top pri­or­ity and they can’t be shifted from their sched­ules. Fam­ily is the most im­por­tant thing to her.

‘From David’s per­spec­tive, it’s a great time to tem­po­rar­ily re­lo­cate – and with Brook­lyn in Amer­ica any­way, he’s very keen. But he’s glad they’ve both agreed to pri­ori­tise their mar­riage.’

Hmm, could we see a Vic­to­ria Beck­ham: Com­ing To Amer­ica Part 2? Not gonna lie, we’d pay good money to see that…

Fam­ily is the most im­por­tant thing to her

Another day, another flight for David

Daddy cool: David with kids Brook­lyn, Cruz, Harper and Romeo

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