David Beckham is famous in England and America because of David's soccer days with Manchester United, Real Madrid and LA Galaxy. Victoria is famous for her days as Posh Spice but the two have secrets which true fans may not even know. Victoria was bullied and was a geek during her school days. After the Spice Girls days, Victoria tried going solo and released an album but it was a flop. After moving to America, Posh even had a go at reality TV, but it didn't pick off as there was only one episode. Victoria ended up quitting the music industry and decided to go into fashion thankfully! David also was in the tabloids for numerous scandals which the couple managed to work through.
Victoria also has a strict diet and fitness regime to maintain her figure. But at home, Victoria is a bit of a slob and the pair even have separate bathrooms due to David's OCD. Plus, Beckham's shoe obsession that is even worse than his wife's and he has strict rules for grooming purposes which is why he always looks good. There was also the scandal with Manchester United since David was fired and there's hidden meaning in why David uprooted his family and made the big move to the States. This couple has many secrets from scandals to weird obsessions and the fact that they're besties with the Royals and Tom Cruise. Plus, David is over emotional and a softie at heart!
20 Her Solo Album Flopped
After the Spice Girls ended Posh attempted a solo album titled Victoria Beckham which was a flop and her recording company Virgin Records dropped her because of the album sales. According to Daily Mail, only 50 000 copies were sold and it cost £5 million to make which is over $7 million. It made top ten but after two weeks it left the top 50. Although the company stated it was a natural end, "The Virgin deal has come to a natural end and both parties have decided not to continue." Poor Posh since the other girls in her former band did well with their solo careers. In 2016, Victoria's hip-hop album which was never released was finally released on eBay and it now made its way to streaming sites. It featured 17 demo tracks and Posh even collaborated with rap group M.O.P. The album was hip-hop genre and it was never released because of Victoria's low album sales!
19 Posh's Failed Reality Show
The Beckham's are in talk of making a reality show with E Entertainment which will be about their lives including the kids. What you probably don't know, is Posh planned a reality show back in 2007 called Victoria Beckham: Coming To America but David Beckham and the kids wouldn't be featured. There was only one episode though as there were only 4.9 million viewers. U.S critics called her too aloof and because of the epic fail, NBC canned it and there were no more episodes. Now Victoria is interested again but it will be about the whole family as we all know how well those types of shows do — the Kardashians and the Osbourne’s. A friend close to Victoria says,
“Victoria always wanted to be seen as royalty, but now she’d like to share more of her silly side."
The friend also says Victoria thinks they can make it a big hit. It's just in talks at the moment and nothing has been planned as yet. Watch this space!
18 Everything Has To Be Even For David
Beckham has OCD which is where everything has to be perfect and David struggles with it every day. David admits how bad it can get as he even counts the can of cola in the fridge and if there is an extra can, he has to put it in the cupboard.
"I have got this obsessive-compulsive disorder where I have to have everything in a straight line or everything has to be in pairs."
It's even worse when he is in a hotel, "I've got that problem. I'll go into a hotel room. Before I can relax, I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer. Everything has to be perfect." The football star has tried to get help, but it didn't work as he still has the problem. David reportedly spends hours straightening the furniture and buys 20 packets of noodles each time they go to the store. Victoria confessed how it is at home: "Everything has to match in the house. If there are three cans of Diet Pepsi, he'd throw one away because it's uneven."
17 Victoria Was Bullied
Victoria went to public school and she says it was a nightmare. "I was bullied because I was different from all the other children at the school. I really wouldn't wish it on any kid, because it's horrible." Posh also didn't have any friends and it was an ongoing thing. “Secondary school was hell. Children picking things up out of the puddles and throwing them at me. I just stood there, on my own. I didn’t have any friends." Victoria also mentioned how she looked in her school days.
“I was a skinny, sallow-faced eight-year-old with pigtails and a gap in my teeth big enough for a pea to get stuck in. I was miserable. I didn’t fit in.”
Now Posh is a superstar and always looks immaculate plus she has her own fashion industry and I bet the school kids from her past are regretting it. Posh also says the mentally and physical bullying gave her a thick skin and made her stronger!
16 David's Weird Candle Obsession
The soccer star loves his candles and even calls himself a candle freak. "And I do like classic woody smells. My house is full of candles. I am a big candle freak." In 2016 David was even spotted caught in the act with bags of scented candles from Diptyque which is about £40 ($56) each! David is also happy that his daughter is following in his footsteps. David's favorite scent is jasmine and that's his daughters favorite as well. "I just love the scent and I love the fact that my daughter loves it." Beckham also can't travel without them as he says it reminds him of home.
"I like to be reminded of my daughter and the other kids. The boys love it as well. It’s a reminder of home and it’s a great scent.”
Who knew that a sports star could be so fascinated with candles that he even travels with them! Well, Beckham does like to look and smell good.
15 Victoria Doesn't Do Her Own Hair
Don't worry Posh isn't completely giving it up for a natural look but she is doing it for other reasons. The fashion star ditched the razor for more hi-technology. "I don't shave my legs. I got laser which is amazing. You can go back for little touch-ups if you do see little hairs appearing. But I've been very lucky that I haven't had to." Beckham states her friend, Eva Longoria advised her to do this method as it works better. Victoria also has a lot of beauty routines she uses and it costs $1,635 daily. Wow, that is a lot of products! During her everyday routine, she uses makeup wipes and then uses a variety of cleansers followed by an infusion mask and moisturizing soft lotion. No wonder her skin is always looking good. Victoria never touches her hair and has a stylist to do it for her. "She only lets her L.A. colorist touch her strands." Plus, no one else can shave her eyebrows but Anastasia Soare.
14 He Is Very Emotional
You wouldn't think sports stars are emotional but David Beckham is way to over emotional even with movies and tv shows. "I can't get through some movies without shedding a tear, I can't lie." Beckham states Armageddon gets him every time and the tv shows that he can't get through is The Office and Friends. Becks even got emotional during the filming of Class of '92. "I got emotional, I got really emotional throughout, obviously not in front of the lads because they'd have killed me. You can't do that. We're men! But I got emotional filming it." David even cried when he is on a plane. He admits the last one was Churchill and he sobbed through it. Beckham admits he became very emotional when he became a father.
"When you have kids, you definitely become more emotional as a person. I definitely feel that anything that relates to me — family, the kids — that’s always something I’m going to get emotional about.
I cried when they were born, of course."
13 She Is Messier Than We Thought
Victoria is always looking flawless in public and you would think she would be the same at home but apparently not and Posh even admits her messy behaviour. “I’m very messy. Clean, but very messy. We’re lucky enough to have separate bathrooms." The couple has to have separate bathrooms especially since Beckham is OCD. David states she leaves the cap off the toothpaste and leaves the drawer door opens.
"David’s products are all hidden away, whereas mine is quite on show. David’s pretty tidy. He doesn’t really have any annoying bathroom habits.”
Everyone thinks Victoria wears designer clothes 24/7 even at home but they are so wrong since she totally does go casual at home. "You'll never see me on the street in a tracksuit. I just love fashion too much to wear a tracksuit! The same goes for Ugg boots. I only wear them at home." Although Posh has been snapped wearing sweatpants!
12 Posh Believes In The Power Of Crystals And Is Superstitious
I bet no one knew this about Victoria. She has weird backstage rituals with crystals and she's superstitious. Wow!
"If I told you my backstage rituals and was honest, you would think I was a little weird. I carry my crystals with me which some people might think as odd, but it works for us."
Her superstitious rituals include not walking under ladders, saluting magpies and always stays in the same hotel while staying in New York! "We have a great set up there. We go to the same hotel. But I am quite superstitious. I don’t walk underneath ladders. And if I see magpie, I do the salute thing." Victoria believes the crystals will protect and give her strength and that's why she carries them everywhere with her. Before opening a show, Posh must have a pink quartz for positive vibes and she carries a black obsidian skull crystal in her handbag which she claims is for strength.
11 They Have Quite The Shoe Collection
Beckham has a shoe problem and it's not just any shoe but its only soccer shoes. "I have so many pairs – over a thousand, I keep them in storage in boxes." David even says it rivals his wife's shoe collection. Posh's shoe collection varies from boots to heels and even sneakers. Recently though Victoria admits she's giving up the heels for loafers.
Beckham is always looking stylish in dresses but now she's wearing pantsuits and jerseys but she still looks polish! When talking about the change, Posh said, "Clothes have to be simple and comfortable." It's odd since Victoria snapped a picture of herself walking on the treadmill in high heels and while working. Beckham posted on her social media, "Every office should have one of these, work out and work at the same time!" After that image, it became a trend for workers!
10 She Has A Strict Diet
Even when Victoria is busy with her kids and work she still makes time for a strict diet and her kids even have to follow it. Posh starts her day every day with 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning and for cereal, it is — "a bowl of Ezekiel 4:9 sprouted grain and seed cereal wheat, malted barley, barley, millet, lentils, soybeans, and spelt." When they hit the celebrity hotspot restaurants in Los Angeles, celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck says,
"She prefers a simple plate of steamed vegetables, most often spinach with a touch of salt."
While Beckham enjoys some steak. Victoria even posts her smoothies on her Instagram which she gives to her kids as well. Victoria calls it the green monster as it consists of apples, kiwi, lemon, spinach, broccoli, and chia seeds blended together for a nutritious drink. Victoria even eats salmon every day for her skin: "I eat lots of good fats, in avocados, nuts, seeds, salmon."
9 His Secret Beauty Regime
We all know how much Beckham loves his grooming as he loves to look good and he always does! David even uses moisturizing creams, especially anti-ageing creams. Beckham loves it so much that he even developed his own brand called, House 99. The pack includes a moisturizer, eye and beard balm. David's beauty pastime that he keeps away from the public eye is funny, to say the least, and you wouldn't really expect it from a man who was always on the sports field.
"You know, getting in bed, putting the telly on, and putting a face mask on. When you’ve had a rough day, it makes you feel nice."
David does state that he doesn't spend hours in the bathroom though. “I moisturize always; I use some eye cream and some hand cream. Hair, I just get out of the shower and brush some product in. I do like a thickening shampoo."
8 Staying In Shape Is Important To Victoria
This mom and successful businesswoman even has a strict fitness regime which she sticks to every day and it includes running and working with a personal trainer.
"I go for a three-mile run every morning and I work out for an hour with a PT, which gives me just enough time to get to the kitchen to puree Romeo's avocados."
Victoria sure goes overboard, and it works because she maintains her awesome figure. "Normally, I wake up, do half my workout – an hour – wake the kids up, give them breakfast, take them to school, come back, do another hour, quickly shower and then come into work." Posh said she also works out six or seven days a week which means she hardly has time to rest! Beckham even wakes up at 5;30 am every morning so that she can fit everything in and sleep time is 11 pm. Victoria sure has a busy life, and this proves she is superwoman.
7 Lip-Syncing Scandal
Posh has admitted about something during her Spice Girls days which was her microphone wasn't always on during stage performances. "They used to turn it off and just let the others sing." It wasn't only singing where Victoria struggled with but also dancing routines. "I was always much more reserved than the other girls." Victoria said it never bothered her and she got away with it.
"I was always the sensible one. Luckily, because I used to wear heels, I just used to jig about a bit and I got away with it."
Beckham even admits that she felt insecure, "Being in the Spice Girls was so much fun, but I was never the best singer or dancer." Victoria was described as being the least talented of the group and that's why her mic was turned off and why she was in the background and she hardly got solo time! Which is evident in the Spice Girl's music videos! Plus, Posh is the only one who doesn't have a number one solo single in the charts.
6 David Actually Has Asthma
Back in 2009 which was ages ago but Beckham's secret about his asthma was finally revealed. David has suffered from it since he was a young boy. The secret was revealed when David was spotted using an inhaler during an LA Galaxy's major League soccer cup final game. David was left breathless and needed to use his inhaler. Beckham admits he had no reason to reveal it to the public.
"It's never come out until now because I've had no reason to talk about it, but that's just me."
David was coughing after the game and he says he's not going to let it affect his future games. "It should be fine. I've played 65 games a season for the last 20 years, so it doesn't affect the future." It's amazing how Beckham managed to keep it secret for so long especially since David takes regular medication for it.
5 Marital Problems
The scandal happened a while ago, but it's still worth mentioning especially since the woman in question was David's assistant Rebecca Loos and the scandal came about after a night out in Madrid when David was with Rebecca. Rebecca's brother said in 2014, "Rebecca was upset when she parted company with David and Victoria last year. She became very down and cried a lot. At times, she looked heartbroken. I thought it was because of professional reasons. But now I am beginning to understand there must have been more to it." Loos even went public, "I really hope that they get through it. I think the problems were in their marriage long before I came into the picture...I hope they stay together." David and Victoria have not confirmed if it was true or not, but it was something that was made public!
4 Victoria Wasn't The Brightest Student
The now-successful woman who has taken the fashion world by storm says she wasn't the brightest student. “When I was at school, I was never naturally the brightest of students.” Even at college. “Then I went to theatre college and I was never the most talented. I have always had to work. I’m not sitting back and waiting for things to come to me: I will go out and get it.” She sure has as she owns a successful business, she's a mom of four and she has even won a number of awards. Last year, Victoria won her biggest award yet, an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire and it was handed to her by Prince William at Buckingham Palace. Victoria won the award for her contribution in the fashion world and her charity work. Beckham has even won numerous Glamour awards namely the Glamour's women of the year award in 2016. Victoria even said this empowering message. "It started with The Spice Girls and girl power. If I can do it, anyone can do it."
3 David Was Fired From Manchester United
In Sir Alex Ferguson autobiography he states why Beckham had to leave the team. Ferguson claims it was because "David thought he was bigger than Alex Ferguson." Sir Alex also didn't like David's fame. "David was the only player I managed who chose to be famous, who made it his mission to be known outside the game." In 2003 Beckham was sold to Real Madrid for £25 million, which is over $350 million. Beckham admits he was devastated by what happened.
“I didn’t watch Manchester United for three years after that. I would never have left.”
David said he was shocked especially since they won the league. Ferguson and Beckham had a falling out before he left, and Sir Alex even kicked a boot at David after a defeat by Arsenal. After playing with Real Madrid Beckham moved to the States and joined the LA Galaxy soccer team as he wanted to make the sport popular worldwide. "Soccer is huge all around the world apart from America, so that's where I want to make a difference with the kids."
2 They're Friends With The Royals
When Meghan moved to London she struck up a friendship with Victoria and she even gives Meghan beauty and fashion advice. Let's be honest Meghan is always looking immaculate in public, during public appearances and street style! The Beckham's may even be guests as David is friends with Prince William and Harry and they attended William's and Kate's wedding. Victoria's friend said,
“Victoria’s quite proud of the fact that she and Meghan have become chummy and seems to want people to know they are friends."
There are hidden motifs though. “Of course, if Meghan wears one of her outfits it will be great for business.” As we all know when people see what Markle is wearing it becomes sold 24 hours later or not even. Meghan did wear a Victoria Beckham sweater during one of her official engagement announcements and it sold out quickly! Markle wearing Victoria's designs will bring in a huge profit for Beckham!
1 The Real Reason For The Big Move
Beckham claimed he wanted to join LA Galaxy because he wanted to bring soccer to America, but a different picture was revealed. David only played five league games during his first season which was due to an injury, but Kyle McCarthy said. "Galaxy couldn't really get itself sorted out on the field." The team was unable to make the end of season playoffs and Beckham only had two seasons. It comes as a shock especially since David had an impressive career in soccer and he accomplished a lot on the field and there was even a movie made in his honor, Bend it like Beckham.
The problem was, according to BBC, David had more money than the team and celebrity status which wasn't soccer related. During Beckham's time in the States and after the big move David became friends with Tom Cruise and that's what made headlines. Another one was David's modelling adverts which were displayed across America. It appears the Beckham’s wanted to enhance their fame with the big move!
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