Victoria and David Beckham’s latest barney: to buy the kids tennis courts or not?
More cracks are appearing in the Beckhams’ marriage
Growing up in a family like the Beckhams, their kids are probably used to a lavish treat or two. But we’re told David and Victoria’s differing attitudes to treating their children is causing massive tension in their already difficult marriage.
“Victoria is sick to death of David spoiling the children – especially his sons – and she’s told him to pack it in,” an insider reveals. “This has been going on for years, but David’s recently taken it up a notch. He’s giving Romeo, Brooklyn and Cruz a small fortune in pocket money, along with state-of-the-art electronics, jewellery and clothes, plus he likes to make sure they get VIP treatment wherever they go.”
David, 43, and his three sons are often spotted out at glitzy events, but the real treats come at home. Keen tennis player Romeo, 16, was recently gifted a £30,000 tennis court, built at the family’s Cotswolds property. Brooklyn, 19, has been pictured driving around London in a classic MG sports car – with an estimated cost of at least £30,000. Cruz doesn’t miss out on David’s splurges either – the 13-year-old was recently pictured rocking a Gucci shirt, which retails at almost £2,000.
But our source tells us
‘This has been a problem for an extremely long time’
that Victoria – who’s also mum to seven-year-old Harper – is not a fan of David’s splurges on the boys. “Victoria’s always been big on making the kids work for what they get. It makes her feel uncomfortable when David just hands everything to them on a plate. Things have been very bad between them recently and David has spent a lot of time away from home, and this is his way of making it up to them. But Vic isn’t keen – she doesn’t think it’s a good idea.”
David’s absence seems to be a large factor in the tensions between him and his wife, and having him swoop back into family life ready to spoil the kids with gifts and experiences can be disruptive to the normality that Victoria tries to implement.
“This has been a problem for an extremely long time and it’s a real sticking point for them,” we’re told. “David is used to living the high life and he loves nothing more than giving his sons a taste of that. It’s not like he’s deliberately trying to spoil them, but he really gets a kick out of being seen as the ultimate cool dad and would do anything to make the kids happy. They love going to events with him
and being treated like royalty.”
Victoria, 44, has previously encouraged Brooklyn’s photography, as she is eager for him to carve out his own career. Her eldest son even reportedly had a job in a coffee shop at the age of 16 rather than receive a regular allowance from his parents. But now it seems things have changed and we’re told it’s one of the many things Victoria and David can’t see eye to eye on at the moment. “Even though their children are growing up in extreme luxury, Victoria wants them to understand how lucky they are instead of expecting special treatment everywhere they go. As their mum, she will always make sure that they’re financially taken care of and have a roof over their heads, but she doesn’t think they should be getting new clothes and gadgets every week.”
These major differences between David and Victoria are naturally causing stress on their marriage, as Posh has always emphasised the importance of the “family unit”. In her recent Vogue interview – the one where David famously didn’t appear with the rest of the family on the cover – she said, “We are much stronger, the six of us, than we would be if we were individuals. We respect that family bond and that is key.”
It seems that the way in which they treat their children has become yet another division in David and Victoria’s marriage. “They don’t seem to be on the same page about anything,” the insider says. “They have different outlooks – her point is that David should be putting the family first, while he says it is his first priority, but that doesn’t mean the rest of his life has to stop. She’s accusing him of being a different man these days, saying the old David would put on a united front with her. His response is usually just to storm out of the room – they don’t seem to be able to have a civil conversation about it, as it’s too entangled in all their other problems. Their clashes over parenting have exposed the cracks in their marriage. Victoria feels David doesn’t even try to listen to her concerns, whereas he feels that she’s making too much of it.”
Fans of the couple have recently been speculating that they may be headed towards divorce after David was reported to have parted ways with Brand Beckham manager Simon Fuller, who still manages Victoria. As heat has previously reported, Victoria has “thought about that scenario” and would naturally be focused on the wellbeing of the children. We’re told, “Vic would want to co-parent with David, and for the children to know that they would stand together as parents and make all the big decisions together.”
Of course, it seems the couple are trying to make their marriage work for now, but this latest crisis appears to have hit them hard. “Before, tough times brought them together in the end, but this time it’s like they’re being driven apart. Vic has had enough of David ignoring her wishes and has told him things need to change where the kids are concerned. But with the way that things have been going between them lately, people aren’t expecting David to do what she tells him.” n Katie Holloway
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