Beck­ham bomb­shell: It’s over

Posh meets di­vorce lawyer

Woman’s Day (NZ) - - Contents -

Step­ping off a plane and into the Syd­ney sun­shine last week should have been a mo­ment of bliss for Vic­to­ria Beck­ham. In­stead, the dev­as­tated mother-of-four took a deep breath and re­minded her­self not to give away the one thought that had con­sumed her for days – di­vorce.

In­sid­ers claim Vic­to­ria’s mar­riage to David Beck­ham has been strained since the British foot­ball leg­end de­cided to leave the fam­ily fold and base him­self in Mi­ami to launch a new soc­cer team.

But they say noth­ing could have pre­pared the for­mer Spice Girl for the hu­mil­i­a­tion she felt when, just days be­fore they were due to join Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sus­sex in Aus­tralia for the In­vic­tus Games, David gave a TV in­ter­view in which he de­scribed their mar­riage as “hard work” and “com­pli­cated”.

A source close to the pop singer turned fash­ion de­signer tells

Woman’sDay that Vic­to­ria, 44, spent two days in floods of tears be­fore pick­ing up the phone to make an ap­point­ment with one of the UK’s top di­vorce lawyers, Fiona Shack­le­ton.

“Vic­to­ria has al­ready met with Fiona to go through her op­tions and en­sure all her ducks are in a row if the worst does hap­pen,” tells t our source. “Af­ter the meet­ing, m she’s been faced with w the harsh re­al­ity of just h how much she could lose – not only fi­nan­cially but also i in terms of her en­tire brand a and rep­u­ta­tion.

“She’s pet­ri­fied that if she divorces, d Brand Beck­ham will w fall apart and ev­ery­thing she’s worked so hard for will have been for noth­ing. But friends and fam­ily have urged her to think about her own san­ity and the kids, who are clearly be­ing

af­fected by all this and re­alise things will be bet­ter er if she just makes the cut rather than liv­ing a lie.”

Vic­to­ria was given a heads-up about what David had said about their crum­bling 19-year mar­riage be­fore the pre-recorded in­ter­view for r Aussie TV show TheSun­day day

Project was aired and a friend says she was blind­sided by her hus­band’s choice of words to de­scribe their re­la­tion­ship.

“She had no idea why he would say such in­sen­si­tive things and pub­licly em­bar­rass her like this,” re­veals the pal. “It was like a nu­clear bomb had gone off in the Beck­ham house­hold when she found out. She was in pieces.”

Break-in­blues

Af­ter con­sult­ing her lawyer, Vic­to­ria flew to Ger­many and spent two days at a $1900-anight stress man­age­ment clinic be­fore re­join­ing David, 43, and their kids, Brook­lyn, 19, Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and Harper, seven, in Lon­don for their 22-hour jour­ney to Syd­ney.

Things, how­ever, only got worse while the fam­ily was in the air – their $12 mil­lion Cotswolds hol­i­day home was tar­geted by three masked men who used a lad­der to peer into an up­stairs room. Luck­ily, neigh­bours chased the would-be bur­glars away and po­lice were still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the se­cu­rity breach when the fam­ily ar­rived in Syd­ney, with David promptly re­leas­ing CCTV of the in­trud­ers to the me­dia.

“It seemed to Vic­to­ria that David leaked the footage to

de­flect the gos­sip that was rag­ing about his in­ter­view,” our source al­leges, “and it left her feel­ing even more hope­less about the state of their mar­riage.”

The Beck­hams ar­rived Down Un­der just in time for David’s in­ter­view to go to air and in­sid­ers say Vic­to­ria cringed as he told the world, “When you’ve been mar­ried for the amount of time that we have, it’s al­ways hard work. It be­comes a lit­tle more com­pli­cated.”

Soon af­ter, she was pho­tographed look­ing down in the dumps, with Cruz put­ting an arm around her shoul­ders as the fam­ily headed out in Syd­ney.

“Vic­to­ria knows she has to cut the cord soon,” claims our source. “She is still half in de­nial and pray­ing for a mir­a­cle to hap­pen to fix her mar­riage, but as the weeks go on and she con­tin­ues to drag it out, things are only be­com­ing worse. She knows that if they con­tinue liv­ing in de­nial, they’ll never find hap­pi­ness.”

Friends say be­fore David’s in­ter­view, Vic­to­ria was al­ready on a knife edge af­ter he opted not to ap­pear with her on the Oc­to­ber cover of British

Vogue. In­stead, she looked to all the world like a sin­gle par­ent, pos­ing on the cover with her four kids and their cocker spaniel Olive.

And given that David al­ready spends most of his time in Florida and is now house-hunt­ing for his own per­ma­nent pad in Mi­ami, Vic­to­ria is at a new low.

“She’s got to the point where she’s crip­pled with anx­i­ety and is suf­fer­ing from panic at­tacks,” our source claims. “She’s para­noid that David’s go­ing to pull some­thing else out of the bag that will hu­mil­i­ate her all over again.”

Now, more than ever, adds the source, Vic­to­ria needs to keep her head.

“She’s started loosely pen­ning a state­ment for what she feels is now in­evitable. And she’s aware that this could be­come one of the most bit­ter di­vorce bat­tles in show­biz. Vic­to­ria wants full cus­tody of the kids, but she will have a fight on her hands. David will want joint cus­tody at the very min­i­mum.”

Posh is ready to bat­tle for her for­tune and full cus­tody of her kids. Lawyer Fiona, who rep­re­sented Sir Paul McCart­ney in his messy di­vorce, has met with Posh.

The cou­ple in cri­sis touch down in Syd­ney with kids (from left) Harper, Romeo and Cruz.

Af­ter cool­ing off with ice blocks (above), David takes the boys ab­seil­ing.

It’s com­pli­cated! David looked at ease dur­ing the TV in­ter­view in which he broke Posh’s heart.

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