Great Love Stories № 14 | David & Victoria Beckham
Wednesday 11th July, 2012
by Joey Bailey
The pop princess and the heartthrob — a story so often heard, but one that not so often lasts the test of time. The pressures of fame will challenge even the strongest of romances, and those that survive can only be described as a great love story . . .
It was 1996, and Victoria Beckham was at the height of her fame in the pop-girl group, the Spice Girls [p.s. then & now]. Aptly known as Posh Spice, she would have had a million want-to-be suitors the world over, but none had taken her fancy . . . yet. Although, one day, while flicking through a photo book of up and coming sports stars, Posh paused on a photo of David Beckham and jokingly stated to her friends that she wouldn’t mind asking him out on a date. Quite conveniently, at this time, Posh’s band mate Mel C (a.k.a. Sporty Spice) was dating David’s teammate Ryan Giggs, and Victoria began accompanying her to games.
One evening, following a Manchester United game against Sheffield, Victoria met up with David in the players bar — the poor footballer was so nervous, the pop star did all she could to break the ice. Whatever she did though, it worked — David was instantly smitten with her.
“As soon as she smiled, I knew everything was going to be okay.”
It was early 1997 and the pair were enjoying the anonymity of their newly budding relationship. A number of low-key dates ensured their romance could remain private as they learned all the wonderful personal details of one another, and ultimately, fell in love.
“For the first three months it was amazing because no one found out about us being together, we loved that because we could sneak around. Our first kiss was in the car park of a restaurant. We used to drive to places and just spend as much time together as possible. That was an amazing time in our relationship.”
Although, as they knew it always would, their relationship was eventually made public, and their fans were ecstatic! After numerous public appearances, a trend became apparent — the pair had an adorable penchant for matching outfits.
Above, some thirteen years later, David, with 7-month-old daughter Harper in New York, February 2012
Their relationship only thrived after becoming ‘public’, and following a year of dating, on the 25th of January 1998, David knelt down on one knee with a 3-carat marquise-cut diamond ring, and proposed to the love of his life.
“What’s David’s role? David looks good, that’s what David does. David looks good, and I’m the funny one, that’s what I hear constantly. But I keep telling him that looks fade.”
Later that year , while on tour with the Spice Girls, Victoria discovered she was pregnant. The couple were over the moon with the wonderfully exciting news, and in March of the following year, David & Victoria, or Posh & Becks, as they would affectionately become known, welcomed baby Brooklyn into the world.
Four months later, the blissfully happy couple became husband & wife, in an extravagant wedding ceremony at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland, with baby Brooklyn as the (hopelessly adorable) ring bearer.
In the years following, Posh, Becks, & their growing family made moves to Spain and the US, as David’s career took them; and as with all relationships in the spotlight, the media scrutinized every detail of their lives constantly. But never caving to the rumours and gossip, the pair remained strong, steadfast, and most importantly, very much in love, always providing a united front to the world in interviews, photo shoots and their numerous public appearances.
Over their now 13 year marriage, the careers of both Posh & Becks have taken them in vastly different directions, but their support and devotion to one another has been splendidly inspirational — the public has seen nothing but their absolute fondness and love for the other.
Above, Victoria Beckham in Pop magazine, 2004
“She comes home and shows me what she’s been doing all day and what exciting dresses and bags she’s got coming through. And then I say something boring like ‘I got kicked today.’ But we listen to each other,” he explains. “We try to go out at least once a week, just the two of us, a quiet dinner somewhere. It’s not about wearing a nice dress or a nice suit. It’s just going out and chatting and having some time together.”
“Not only has she given me three amazing boys but she’s truly an inspiration for me every day.”
A great love story, of course, has many different faces, but always has a lesson that can be taken from it, a lesson in love.
“We are still so close, David and I. We were at a party the other day at my mum’s house and I was sitting on his lap. We’re very affectionate. And I looked at him and thought after being married for 11 years! We were the only couple who were even near each other at that party. We’re soul mates.”
This great romance proves there may just be ‘love at first sight’, and fate & soul mates, and even more so, that love really can conquer all. Each and every day, no matter what the challenge, let love inspire perseverance and dedication, and no challenge will ever be too troublesome, if you face it together.
* great love stories № 01 : grace kelly & prince rainer III of monaco
* great love stories № 02 : nacho figueras & delfina blaquier
* great love stories № 03 : shah jahan & mumtaz mahal
* great love stories № 04 : elizabeth taylor & richard burton
* great love stories № 05 : prince william & kate middleton
* great love stories № 06 : audrey hepburn & robert wolders
* great love stories № 07 : napoleon bonaparte & maria walewska
* great love stories № 08 : john f. kennedy jr. & carolyn bessette
* great love stories № 09 : paul newman & joanne woodward
* great love stories № 10 : ricky & ralph lauren
* great love stories № 11 : frank sinatra & ava gardner
* great love stories № 12 : diana & reed vreeland
* great love stories № 13 : humphrey bogart & lauren bacall
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Joey Bailey Contributor, Australia
Inspired by film noir, F. Scott Fitzgerald novels & the thought of a summer spent in Paris, this high tea connoisseur enjoys photography & designing & making her own clothes. Joey has been buying fashion, wedding & interior design magazines since a wonderfully young age, and would spend hours browsing through their glossy pages making ‘inspirational’ scrapbooks. Never spotted without high heels, a sketchpad, a pop of pink lipstick & a strong coffee— Joey adores great love stories, chandeliers, crème brûlée, the French countryside & sequins & sparkles & her long time sweetheart— the love of her life whose kisses still give her butterflies …