Barely a few weeks after the couple graced the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, the rumors of a divorce shot through the roof again even as far as bookies hosting before eventually suspending bets.
Well, the rumors were quelled almost instantly as their shared rep announced the opposite, the couple chose to continue as friends and co-parents and went on to slam reports that the pair were unhappy.
The spokeswoman said back then in June 2018 that there was no statement due nor a divorce announcement as it appears it all was fake social media news claiming it was “bizarre and embarrassing”.
The pair have had to defend their union an astounding number of times en route to commemorating their impressive 22nd wedding anniversary in the summer.
Victoria told British Vogue at the time their family posed for the cover that for the last 20 years; ‘people have been making things up about their relationship.’
However, the power couple who have four children Brooklyn, 22, and Romeo, 18, and Cruz, 16, and daughter Harper, 9 have learned to ignore the nonsense. The pair have always put in a great deal of effort just to maintain a balanced partnership and also ensured to prioritize their relationship.
Victoria explained in an interview with Elle UK that her husband and herself have mutual respect for each other and understand that they are very busy people regardless they put their phones down, and sometimes just talk.
The Spice Girls star who later became an award-winning designer and her soccer pro husband declared that they’re just as infatuated as when they fell in love with each other 23 years ago. For that reason alone, they have always managed to prove their detractors wrong as it seems a sure way of drawing people together.
Victoria in a 2017 letter written to her younger self published in British Vogue said, “In relationships, people will throw obstacles in your way, and you either maneuver around them or you trip up.”
It would seem she discovered a valuable lesson in choosing to leave the obstacles behind as she believes even when their wants aren’t the same thing, the support they show for each other will ensure they always stick together and grow together.
She’s a firm believer in “being stronger together”, something she’s learned over the two decades of being in love with her husband.
After a late match in 1996 match, one glimpse of Victoria in her Spice Girls‘ PVC catsuit while they performed caught David’s attention and, at that moment, he turned to his Manchester United teammate Gary Neville telling him that instant he had found who he was going to marry, pointing at Victoria.
It even took a few meetings before he could summon the courage to speak to her.
A week after he missed an opportunity to introduce himself despite her manager, Simon Fuller, arranging an introduction, he mustered up the courage and got her phone number which he penned on the back of a London-to-Manchester plane ticket he still has today.
Victoria also saw a lot of similarities between them and in no time the pair were courting, although privately.
This was because her manager, Simon Fuller, will sound a note of warning saying, “Don’t let anyone see you out together or you’ll get hounded,” she explained in Vogue.
David and Victoria welcomed their first son, Brooklyn, on March 4, 1999, and got hitched four months later at an Irish castle with Neville, the teammate David first confided in, serving as best man.
Both couples were also doing pretty incredibly well in their careers at the time and not long, welcomed their second son, Romeo, on Sept. 1, 2002.
The power couple seemed untouchable until they were not.
After David and his assistant, Rebecca Loos were spotted at a Madrid nightclub in September 2003, tabloids in Britain ran riot with stories of his marriage coming to an end.
One piece according to News of the World also claimed, “David and Rebecca had several sexual encounters starting with that steamy night out.”
The allegation was further backed up by her brother, John Charles, who in an interview with the Daily Mail in April 2004 said, “She has confirmed to me she had an affair with David,” adding she was “heartbroken” she could be seen as “a marriage wrecker.”
That story, however, wouldn’t break the bond between the Beckhams.
But then, David’s assistant Rebecca went ahead to cut a deal with Sky Television and News of the World for the reported sum of $600,000 so as to spill the sordid details.
She claims she was enthusiastic about being alone with him and also said David has a penchant for sexting.
But years later, she claimed she was reckless, young and foolish. If she had the opportunity, she would have done things differently, reflecting back on the past now that she is a married mother.
That was not going to be the end of the story as Malaysian-born model Sarah Marbeck in the same month claimed to News of the World that she and David slept with each other shortly after meeting in Singapore in July 2001. David was on a pre-season tour with Manchester United at the time and it happened again in March 2002.
The Beckhams once again had to fight back.
David and Victoria, both made it clear that they wouldn’t be torn apart with such unfounded stories.
That didn’t stop the tabloid though as the hits kept coming.
In September 2004, another publication from News of the World claims beautician Danielle Heath revealed she’s also had an affair with the soccer pro. However, the couple didn’t just release a statement and let it slide, they responded with a lawsuit against the paper and explained how tiring it is being targeted even while they were expecting their third son at the time.
The following year, their former nanny Abbie Gibson claims she believes the power couple’s marriage was just a sham in her revelation to News of the World.
The couple’s attorney had more work than the previous year as Abbie was slapped with a lawsuit for breach of confidence.
It would seem that was the end to their hurdles as the family pocketed an undisclosed settlement from News of the World in 2006 shortly after welcoming Cruz, their third son who was born on 20 February 2005 in Madrid.
A year later, David and Victory Beckham headed for a fresh start. David made way to America’s struggling Major League Soccer to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy while Victoria snapped up a $22 million, 13,000-square-foot villa in Beverly Hills, appropriately distanced from David’s training center and also filmed a six-episode NBC reality show called Victoria Beckham: Coming to America.
She also expanded beyond the small screen and went on to launch a denim line and a sunglasses collection which would later become the foundation of her phenomenally successful eponymous fashion brand.
Victoria held on to her stand as regards the numerous tabloid hunt but claims it was a really tough time for their family. She also said it made her realize everyone has a price to pay and maybe that was theirs.
Nevertheless, the couple remained tabloid fixtures to this day but it would seem they had both found a way of tuning out the noise.
Many have speculated the couple is only simply keeping up appearances but Victoria says it’s a total team effort. She also explained that he’s her soulmate back in 2017.
Their relationship might have been filled with mistakes along the way, but nobody said marriage would be easy. One thing that’s stayed constant is their way of staying together and if there arises a need to keep proving it, they will.