David Beckham focuses on kids while reflecting on marriage to Victoria
‘We feel that is the right way to bring up our children’: David Beckham reflects on 19 year marriage to wife Victoria after he said it was ‘hard work’… and reveals they have faced ‘difficult situations’
David Beckham, 43, has spoken candidly about his 19-year marriage to his wife Victoria, 44.
During an appearance on The Sunday Project, the retired footballer was asked about the secret behind his successful marriage.
He admitted that marriage is ‘hard work’ and said he and the former Spice Girl have faced ‘difficult situations’ over the years.
‘We feel that is the right way to bring up our children’: David Beckham reflects on 19 year marriage to wife Victoria after he said it was ‘hard work’… and reveals they have faced ‘difficult situations’. Pictured on The Sunday Project
‘I think marriage is always about hard work,’ he said.
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‘You know your children, they want your time and they deserve your time, and we are hard working and we feel that is the right way to bring up our children.
He continued: ‘To prove and to show to them that actually, you have to work really hard to be successful.’
The couple, who began dating in early 1997, share four children – Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and seven year-old Harper.
Family first: The couple, who began dating in early 1997, share four children. Pictured L-R, Brooklyn, 19, Romeo, 16, Cruz, 13, and seven year-old Harper
The father-of-four then referenced the family’s recent British Vogue cover shoot and spoke highly of Victoria’s success as a mother and fashion designer.
‘You know, we’ve been married for a long time now and recently did a Vogue front cover, which was all about Victoria’s 10 years in fashion,’ he said.
‘The amount she’s achieved in such a short space of time… four beautiful young children, you know, we have a beautiful dog. But obviously in her business world, to be on the front cover of Vogue, er, was a huge thing.
United: He said, ‘You make it work, you make difficult situations… er, like travelling away, being away from each other, you make it work’
‘And then we did a separate picture for another cover, but to have been married for the amount of time we have, it’s always hard work. Everybody knows that.
‘You make it work, you make difficult situations… er, like travelling away, being away from each other, you make it work.’
As well as his marriage, David also spoke candidly about fatherhood.
‘I know I’m slightly stricter with the boys than I am with Harper to be honest,’ he said.
‘The boys rip me about it all the time… Victoria rips me about it all the time.’
Cover shoot: David also referenced the family’s recent British Vogue cover shoot
During the interview, the star also revealed his ‘biggest ever regret’.
A laughing David admitted that he was horrified by the hairstyle he wore to meet with former South African president Nelson Mandela in 2003.
‘There was also one photo I have of meeting Nelson Mandela with cornrows,’ David stated in disbelief.’
He also revealed the secret to maintaining his incredibly toned body.
‘Three or four times a week I walk my daughter to school instead of driving her, or she bikes home with me,’ the retired sportsman confessed.
‘It’s the little things that make a difference.’
Priorities: David said their four children are their top priority
David’s interview with The Sunday Project reportedly caused controversy.
Victoria was said to be ’embarrassed’ and ‘absolutely devastated’ that the father of her children was so ‘insensitive’, insiders told The Sun.
A friend claimed that the star was ‘in pieces’ over the interview.
After a preview of it aired last week, focusing on their marriage, Victoria checked into a German retreat which specialises in emotional balance.
High praise: The father-of-four spoke highly of Victoria’s success as a mother and fashion designer
The insider dished to the publication: ‘When Victoria was given the heads-up on Wednesday about David’s interview, she was absolutely devastated.
‘She has no idea why he would say such insensitive things and publicly embarrass her like this. As you can imagine, it was as if a nuclear bomb had gone off in the Beckham household when she found out.
‘She was in pieces, and spent the next two days crying. To say it’s not been the best of weeks is an understatement.’
Solo trip: After a preview of the interview aired last week, focusing on the candid comments about his marriage, Victoria reportedly ‘cried for two days’ before checking into a German retreat which specialises in emotional balance
Back in June, unsubstantiated rumours circulated on social media that David and Victoria were heading for a divorce.
But the power couple were quick to dismiss the reports, with a spokesperson branding the speculation a ‘crock of s***’.
After tying the knot in Ireland in 1999, David and Victoria have spent years defending the state of their relationship and denying claims they are on the brink of divorce.
The power couple jetted into Sydney just hours before the interview aired across Australia ahead of The Invictus Games.
Victoria looked noticeably downcast as they were photographed at the airport.
Standing strong: Back in June, unsubstantiated rumours circulated on social media that David and Victoria were heading for a divorce which their rep branded a ‘crock of s***’
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