Nearly 20 years ago, Posh and Becks, aka Spice Girl and fashion mogul Victoria Beckham and football legend David Beckham faced a tabloid and media storm when their personal assistant Rebecca Loos alleged that she had an affair with David.
The Beckhams never publicly addressed the rumours, until now. A new documentary “Beckham” has hit Netflix, and the couple sit down for the first time to reveal how the scandal shook their marriage and nearly drove them apart.
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"It was the most unhappy I have ever been in my entire life,” Victoria says in the four-part documentary.
“It was the hardest period because it felt like the world was against us. Here's the thing - we were against each other if I'm being completely honest.”
Speaking about the allegations which emerged when David was transferred to Spain to play for Real Madrid, while she and their two young sons stayed in the UK, she admits, "You know, up until Madrid sometimes it felt like us against everybody else but we were together, we were connected, we had each other.But when we were in Spain, it didn't really feel like we had each other either.”
"And that's sad,” she adds. “I can't even begin to tell you how hard it was and how it affected me. It was a nightmare.”
In the trailer, we can hear Victoria say, "It was an absolute circus - and everyone loves it when the circus comes to town, right? Unless you're in it."
When she’s asked by a producer if she "resented" David during this period, she replies: "If I'm being totally honest, yes I did. It was the most unhappy I have ever been in my entire life."
Sky News has a video clip of this exchange from the documentary. Victoria and David married in 1999 at the height of her Spice Girls fame, and have four children together.
In the series, the footballer and model also reflects on that rough period, saying, “When I first moved to Spain it was difficult because I’ve been part of a club and a family for my whole career from the age of 15 to I was 27 years old. I get sold overnight. The next minute I am in a city. I don’t speak the language. More importantly, I didn’t have my family.”
He continues, “Every time that we woke up we felt you know, there was something else and you know, I think we both felt at the time that we were, not losing each other, but drowning. There were some days that I would wake up and think how am I gonna go to work? How am I gonna walk onto that training pitch? How am I going to look as if nothing’s wrong. I felt physically sick every day. When I opened my eyes. ‘How am I going to do this?’
David adds that to this day he’s not sure how their marriage survived the scandal.
“I don’t know how we got through it in all honesty. Victoria is everything to me. To see her hurt was incredibly difficult. But we are fighters. And at that time we needed to fight for each other, we needed to fight for our family. And what we had was worth fighting for. But ultimately it’s our private life.”
As they approach their 25th wedding anniversary, the couple are seen in the documentary finally settled back in the UK with their four children, three of whom are adults now. "I feel happy now, I feel really content now," Victoria says.
“Beckham” is streaming on Netflix now.