David Robert Joseph Beckham (OBE) is an English former professional footballer, the current president & co-owner of Inter Miami CF and co-owner of Salford City FC.
Victoria Caroline Beckham (OBE) is an English fashion designer and former singer. She rose to prominence in the 1990s as a member of the girl group the Spice Girls, in which she was nicknamed Posh Spice. With over 85 million records sold worldwide, the group became the best-selling female group of all time. After the Spice Girls split in 2001, Beckham was signed to Virgin Records, in which she released her self-titled debut solo album, which respectively produced four UK Top 10 singles including “Out of Your Mind”.
On 4 July 1999, they were married by the Bishop of Cork, Paul Colton, at Luttrellstown Castle, Ireland. The wedding attracted much media coverage. Beckham’s teammate, Gary Neville, was the best man, and the couple’s four-month-old son Brooklyn was the ring bearer. Most of the media were kept away from the ceremony as an exclusive deal with OK! magazine had been arranged, but photographs were released showing the Beckhams sitting on golden thrones. Victoria wore a diamond coronet created for her by jewelry designer Slim Barrett. A total of 437 staff were employed for the wedding reception, which was estimated to have cost £500,000 (US$823,650).
The couple bought what became their most famous home for £2.5 million in 1999; the property, which is set in 24 acres (9.7 ha) of land, was given a £3 million renovation and was subsequently dubbed Beckingham Palace by the media.
Victoria and David Beckham have four children: son Brooklyn Joseph, son Romeo James son Cruz David and daughter Harper Seven. Elton John and David Furnish are reportedly the godparents of Brooklyn and another son, and their godmother is Elizabeth Hurley.
How They Continued to Defy Haters
At this point, the pair should just keep a boilerplate statement at the ready. Because en route to celebrating their impressive 21st wedding anniversary today, Britain‘s original power couple has had to defend their union a startling number of times.
“People have been making things up about our relationship for 20 years,” Victoria told British Vogue that October, posing for the cover with their entire, impossibly photogenic family, including sons Brooklyn, 21, and Romeo, 17, and Cruz, 15, and daughter Harper, 8. But they’ve learned to “ignore” the idiocy.
Perhaps it’s the belief that two exceptionally attractive, talented people swept up in their equally thriving but incredibly separate careers simply can’t continue to make it work. But thanks to their efforts to maintain a balanced partnership and prioritize their relationship (“David and I both respect that each of us are very, very busy; we are both running big businesses, but we do put the phones down, and sometimes we just talk”, the Spice Girl and award-winning designer and her soccer pro husband, swear they’re just as besotted as when they fell in love at first sight in the Manchester United players’ lounge some 23 years ago.
Even more infatuated, actually, as proving their detractors wrong has a way of drawing people together. As Victoria explained in a 2017 letter to her younger self, published in British Vogue, “In relationships, people will throw obstacles in your way, and you either maneuver around them or you trip up.” Having consistently chosen the former, she noted, she’s unearthed the most valuable of lessons: “Even when you don’t necessarily want the same thing, your support for each other will mean that you stick together and grow up together. And it will be worth it.”
To hear Victoria tell it, it was a shared “love at first sight” moment. Though she admits to being “a little drunk, so exact details are hazy,” she recalls the instant connection. “You will see David standing aside with his family,” she says of the pro, who joined the team as a 16-year-old trainee in 1991. “And he has such a cute smile. You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you.”
Her digits in hand, David rang immediately and drove down to see her in London the following night. After courting in private, spending most of their dates talking and kissing in parking lots—”because your manager, Simon Fuller, will warn you, ‘Don’t let anyone see you out together or you’ll get hounded,” she said.
The couple fought back. Victoria told, “We have been through a lot worse than this, and we’re definitely going to get through this.” And that May, while training with the English national team in Sardinia, David told BBC Radio 5, “I’ve made it clear that with two papers the way I and my family have been treated is an absolute disgrace because, at the end of the day, I’m a nice person and loving husband and father.”
After many such grapples in their busy schedules,
Even back when he spied his crush across the room all those years ago, David never assumed their pairing would be easy. “Of course you make mistakes, and we all know that marriage is difficult at times,” he said. “It is about working through it. We have come up against tough times. But we know each other better than anyone else knows us.”
Real love never breaks, no matter what the circumstances one goes through.
David and Victoria proved it, And if need be, they’ll keep proving it.
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