BECKS UNITED

The People - - NEWS FEATURES - By Halina Watts SHOW­BIZ EDI­TOR

DAVID and Victoria Beck­ham are set to spend more time to­gether fol­low­ing di­vorce ru­mours – with one source in­sist­ing: “They will never split.”

The power cou­ple were forced to deny their 19-year-mar­riage was over fol­low­ing a so­cial me­dia frenzy on Friday.

Book­ies in­clud­ing Paddy Power and Lad­brokes sus­pended bets on the breakup and Twit­ter was abuzz with gos­sip.

But now the cou­ple have vowed to spend more time to­gether as they put on a united front.

In re­cent years they have been fre­quently apart, of­ten in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, be­cause of work com­mit­ments.

As they ar­rived to­gether at Windsor Cas­tle for the wed­ding of Harry and Meghan last month Victoria was ac­cused of look­ing glum, with ob­servers say­ing she cracked only one smile all day.

But on the lat­est ru­mours the source said: “David and Victoria won’t let this rock them and they will be spend­ing more time to­gether. It’s un­likely they will ever split, they are a very strong unit and have weath­ered far worse storms.”

On Friday morn­ing Victoria posted an im­age on­line pos­ing with the cou­ple’s daugh­ter Harper, six, and say­ing she “loves” and “misses” David.

It was sug­gested the 44-year-old de­signer was go­ing to speak out about their re­la­tion­ship in Vogue mag­a­zine, but sources said she would in fact be talk­ing her fash­ion la­bel VB. A spokes­woman for the cou­ple said: “There is no state­ment due or di­vorce. This is just fake so­cial me­dia news.”

And a spokesman for ex-manch­ester United and Eng­land hero David, 43, said the gos­sip was “a crock of s***”, ad­ding: “It’s em­bar­rass­ing and laugh­able.”

A friend said many of the ru­mours on Twit­ter were “ridicu­lous” and the re­sult of “Chi­nese whis- pers”. The pair met at a char­ity foot­ball match in 1997 and wed two years later. Known as Posh and Becks, the Spice Girl pop singer and the soc­cer star were a match made in gos­sip heaven. They went on to have four chil­dren Brook­lyn, 19, Romeo, 15, Cruz, 13 and daugh­ter Harper.

They are renowned for con­stantly shar­ing In­sta­gram pic­tures of them­selves and their fam­ily and have be­come a pow­er­ful so­cial me­dia pres­ence – with 65 mil­lion fol­lowabout ers be­tween them. Lately David has been busy in Florida launch­ing his Mi­ami Ma­jor League Soc­cer team. The star, who has many spon­sor­ship deals, is also be­lieved to have re­cently been in China.

Ru­mours of a mar­riage cri­sis first sur­faced in 2004, when David’s for­mer per­sonal as­sis­tant Rebecca Loos claimed she had an af­fair with him in Spain.

The Beck­hams branded her claims “lu­di­crous” but later dropped a li­bel case against a news­pa­per that had re­ported their union was lit­tle more than a busi­ness ar­range­ment.

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