For­get his foot­ball team, Vic­to­ria Beck­ham is wor­ried David will be spend­ing too much time down the pub

As David buys a pub, Vic feels left out – caus­ing yet more ten­sion

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After spend­ing much of the past year away from his fam­ily, you’d be for­given for think­ing that David Beck­ham would want to be at home as much as pos­si­ble now. But it doesn’t look as if he will be, as he’s got yet an­other ven­ture – he’s buy­ing a Lon­don pub with his friend Guy Ritchie, and the pair plan to turn it into one of the cap­i­tal’s drink­ing hotspots. But, un­sur­pris­ingly, his am­bi­tions have not gone down well with wife Vic­to­ria, who is frus­trated that the project will take David away from her once more.

“David and Vic have re­ally been un­der strain the past year, thanks to work com­mit­ments keep­ing them apart for a lot of it,” our in­sider says. “Vic knows that David will be spend­ing lots of time in Mi­ami while he launches his foot­ball team over there, plus all the other deals he’s got, but she was hop­ing that when he was back home, he’d be around a bit more. She wants the pub to be a suc­cess, so she knows David will have to be there, but she can’t help but feel up­set and wor­ried about their fu­ture. She feels that some­times David doesn’t put as much ef­fort into their mar­riage as she does and is pulling fur­ther away from her. It’s been such a tough year and things don’t look like they’ll im­prove any time soon.”

The cou­ple re­cently went to the South of France, where they vis­ited a vine­yard with a group of friends, in­clud­ing Guy and his wife Jac­qui, Eva Lon­go­ria and hus­band José Bastón, plus Gor­don and Tana Ram­say. But like other re­cent pho­tos of them, there wasn’t much in­ter­ac­tion be­tween the cou­ple and David didn’t seem to show any sign of af­fec­tion, which was al­most un­heard of a few years ago. But he may have had other

‘This wor­ries Vic about what it means for their fu­ture’

things on his mind, as he and Guy – who al­ready owns The Lukin pub in Fitzrovia, and runs the Gritchie Brew­ing Com­pany from his farm in Wilt­shire – are set to splash out £3m on the Walmer Cas­tle in Not­ting Hill, which is very close to the Beck­hams’ home in Hol­land Park, with the aim of giv­ing it a Soho House-style makeover.

“Vic has ap­pointed her­self creative di­rec­tor. She’s gush­ing about how, be­cause of its lo­ca­tion, it could to be the per­fect glam bar, but David and Guy want to do a tra­di­tional English pub, al­though a very cool one,” says our source. “But now Vic’s in­volved, things can get a lit­tle heated. Be­cause it’s lo­cated in an up­mar­ket neigh­bour­hood next to high­end shops and restau­rants, Vic thinks it could be a per­fect spot where the yummy mummy crowd can go for Cham­pagne and re­ally good qual­ity wine, or to take a break from shop­ping to have some su­per-healthy food.”

But, we’re told, David won’t lis­ten, as he doesn’t think Vic knows what she’s talk­ing about. Our source says this project is some­thing he’s been think­ing about for years. The 43 year old is of­ten pic­tured in pubs and has said they were one of the main things he missed when the fam­ily lived in LA for five years. And last week, it was re­vealed the cou­ple – who have chil­dren Brook­lyn, 19, Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and sev­enyear-old Harper to­gether – have sold their Bev­erly Hills man­sion for £25 mil­lion (mak­ing nearly £8m in profit) as they cut their ties with the city. They used to spend all the school hol­i­days there after mov­ing back to Lon­don, but have only been once this year. And, with David now spend­ing more time in Mi­ami, plus their coun­try home in the Cotswolds, we’re told they felt they no longer needed it. It also means the money they made from the sale can be ploughed back into other busi­nesses, such as Vic­to­ria’s fash­ion brand and the Walmer Cas­tle ven­ture.

“David and Guy think they have pub knowl­edge cov­ered – and David has pointed out that Vic hasn’t been in­side a pub in years,” says the in­sider. “She’s re­ally up­set with him and feels in­sulted that he won’t take her ad­vice, and is in­stead gush­ing about how great Guy is and that he’s the main man when it comes to this. But David sees it as a chance to do some­thing for him­self, as well as spend time with Guy. Like any­one, he needs a bit of an es­cape and time away from the stresses of fam­ily life.”

The in­sider adds, “David and Guy want a re­ally cool, pop­u­lar pub – it’s some­thing they’ve been

plan­ning for ages dur­ing their own drink­ing ses­sions. David has built a pub in the grounds of their Cotswolds home, and Guy has one in his coun­try place, too, and he’s got his brew­ery. It’s a lot of money to put in, but they know it’ll be worth it.”

While David isn’t keen on Posh’s in­put, we’re told he wants his el­dest son Brook­lyn in­volved. He re­cently quit his pho­tog­ra­phy course in New York and David thinks it’ll be good to have him on­board. “He wants Brook­lyn to be the ‘tastemaker’ to make sure it at­tracts a younger crowd, and for this to be his in­tro­duc­tion to busi­ness,” our source ex­plains. “David wants to do tra­di­tional pub fare, like pie and mash, and Guy thinks the same. They want a hip ‘coun­try style’ pub that blokes will go to. Guy is go­ing to in­volve his son Rocco, too, so it’s a project for all the men.”

We’re also told that David wants the venue to be ex­clu­sive but not snooty and, as well as hav­ing lots of dif­fer­ent and in­ter­est­ing beers, he also wants stock some of the best wines. And no doubt their vine­yard trip gave them some in­spo. And while she was in­vited on that trip, the in­sider says Vic­to­ria, 44, is wor­ried she won’t be in­volved in much else. “Vic is very put out that she seems to be be­ing frozen out and is anx­ious about David go­ing into busi­ness

with friends,” we’re told. “It’s al­ways been her and David to­gether, they are the busi­ness part­ner­ship – and so this wor­ries her about what it means for the fu­ture. The fact David will be spend­ing a lot of his time with Guy has made Vic left out again. She feels let down – she wants to spend more qual­ity time with her hus­band, but it doesn’t look likely at the mo­ment.” n Kate Ran­dall

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