From celebrity-filled events to days spent with their kids, Victoria and David have had a long-lasting loving marriage admired by millions of their fans. Here’s a breakdown of how their romance came to be.
Where It All Began
Despite growing up in London, just 15 minutes away from each other, it wasn’t until 1997 that David and Victoria finally crossed paths. The famous athlete was instantly mesmerized by Posh Spice.
"She came to a football match — soccer match — and I said hi from across the room and that was it," David told the story on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. "I thought I'd missed my chance, and then a week later she turned up at another football match." Luckily, the former Manchester United player would get a second chance.
A Timeless Memento
Back in 2020, David opened up to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show about how he scored Victoria's number. "We talked for about an hour in the players' lounge and then she actually got the train up that day, so she wrote her number down on her train ticket, which I still have.” Talk about romance!
Their interest in one another quickly took off after that moment. While we don’t have many intimate details of the duo’s first date we did get a sneak peek at what the singer wore. In 2014 Victoria shared a photo of a sleeveless orange outfit she gorgeously paired with a belted waist.
A Forever Love
The couple kicked off the new year with a surprise by getting engaged in 1998. They shared the happy news during a press conference, where Posh Spice showed off her first of many diamond rings to come. “It’s lovely, it’s a surprise, as well,” she revealed. Later on, she shared on Vogue what attracted her to the football star.
"While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family. (He's not even in the first team at this stage — you are the famous one). He has such a cute smile. You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you." Aww!
Fans eagerly waited to witness the famous couple's wedding, yet little did they know Victoria and David had another surprise up their sleeve! The pop star and the athlete revealed that they were expecting their first child. On March 4th, 1999 they welcomed Brooklyn Beckham into their hearts.
It was speculated that the baby was named after the city he was conceived in. But Victoria spilled the real tea in her book, Learning to Fly. "It was when we were in Marbella that we came up with the name Brooklyn...only afterwards that I realized how appropriate it was because it was in New York that I found out I was pregnant."
Wedding of the Decade
In July 1999, the two became one after Victoria and David got married in an extravagant wedding at Luttrellstown Castle right outside Dublin, Ireland. According to Metro, the newlyweds had 29 guests bear witness to the ceremony. This included the rest of the Spice Girls, David’s teammates, Elton John, and more famous faces.
And of course, their baby boy Brooklyn was the ring bearer, how cute! And we can’t forget to mention Victoria’s dress. She stunned in a Vera Wang strapless gown that had an extensive 20 foot-train! And to top of the gorgeous ensemble Posh Spice wore an 18-karat gold tiara designed by none other than Princess Diana’s jeweler.
O Romeo, Romeo
After three years of marriage, the Beckhams revealed in 2002 that their family of three would soon be a family of four. After Victoria gave birth to Romeo on September 1st her husband shared that their bundle of joy looked just like his big brother. “He’s got Brooklyn’s nose and Victoria’s chin,” he said. What a lucky lad!
Shortly after, in April of 2003, the Beckhams picked up and moved to Spain after the football star signed a four-year contract with Real Madrid. It was an exciting time for the famous family of four, but little did they know it was the calm before the storm…
Cheating allegations started swarming the couple after photos of David and his former assistant, Rebecca Loos, at a nightclub were plastered on magazines everywhere. Fans were shocked, and things only got crazier when Loos’s brother admitted to the Daily Mail that, "[Rebecca] has confirmed to me she had an affair with David.”
“During the past few months I have become accustomed to reading more and more ludicrous stories about my private life,” David cleared up the rumors. "The simple truth is that I am very happily married. I have a wonderful wife and two very special kids. There is nothing any third party can do to change these facts.”
Rebecca Loos Speaks Out
While David shut down the rumors of the infidelity, his alleged mistress was quick to reveal her truth. In April of 2004, Loos confessed to Sky One’s Kay Burley that she didn’t anticipate any sympathy from Posh Spice. “I think it’s bad enough for me to do what I have done without me expecting any words of sympathy.”
“I really hope that they get through it. I think the problems were in their marriage long before I came into the picture. I in no way intended to break up their marriage especially when there are young children involved. I hope they stay together," she admitted. And the couple did just that!
What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Stronger
It seemed as though the supposed hiccup in the Beckham’s marriage only made them stronger because, in February of 2005, they welcomed yet another baby boy into their homes. “We’ve got a baby boy. His name is Cruz,” the soccer player told reporters, “He is beautiful. He is in there with his brothers now and he is very happy.”
Things were looking good for the Beckhams. Especially in 2007 when David signed a five-year contract with the LA Galaxy, meaning the family of 5 were headed to the city of angels! The Wannabe singer shared her excitement to People, "It will be especially nice for the children to be able to be outdoors so much of the time."
La La Land
Soon after their move to Los Angeles Victoria and David were featured in W Magazine for a sultry photoshoot. During the interview with the magazine, the former girl group member talked about her husband’s past disloyalty. “I’m not going to lie. It was a really rough time … David and I got through it together,” she confessed.
“No one said marriage was going to be easy. Yes, there have been bumps along the road. But the fact is we’ve come out of everything we’ve been through stronger and happier. It’s even better now than when we were first married. After all these years, we can just come home and have a laugh together," Victoria revealed.
Better Than Ever
It seemed like Victoria was right because the dynamic duo only got stronger from there. In 2008, while on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the athlete shared that his top priority was his family. "We've got three beautiful boys, which is our priority..in a marriage, you make it work, and you have to make time for each other."
David even got a tattoo to showcase his love for his wife. "I had 10 roses 'round my arm, for the 10 years," he said. The midfielder wasn’t the only one showing off his affection. Victoria wrote on her website called Say You’ll Be There that "The dVb men's collection has just launched, and who better than David to be my muse!" So cute!
The duo’s love only got bigger over the years and so did their family. It was revealed to People in 2011 that the famous couple were expecting a 4th! And on July 11th little Harper was born "Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz are excited to welcome their new baby sister to the family," a representative of the family told the news outlet.
"We've always wanted a big family, which was weird because when we first got together, we never even discussed how many children we wanted, but it just, it's worked out that we want a big family," David informed Ellen DeGeneres back in 2008. "You know, we love kids, so it's worked out perfect."
After years of spending his time out on the field, the athlete decided it was time to say goodbye to the game of soccer. In 2013, Beckham shared a statement revealing his retirement. “I wouldn’t have achieved what I have done today without my family,” he said according to the BBC.
“I’m grateful for my parents’ sacrifice, which made me realize my dreams,” he went on, “I owe everything to Victoria and the kids, who have given me the inspiration and support to play at the highest level for such a long period.” We’re holding back tears over here!
Nothing to Prove
Despite happily celebrating 15 years of marriage in 2014, David and Victoria found themselves, yet again, under the harsh limelight. Tabloids began spreading rumors that the iconic couple were headed down the road of a potential divorce. Yikes! But thankfully, Posh Spice quickly cleared things up.
Mrs. Beckham stated to Grazia, “David and I have nothing to prove,” she continued, “We love each other, look out for each other, and are strong as both partners and parents.” The singer went on to share her admiration for David, “My husband constantly inspires me and guides me.” Seemed like they were as strong as can be!
Women of the Year
It takes a lot of work to be in the public eye while having many successful businesses. But luckily for this couple, they have one another to guide and inspire them. "He (David) has done so much good work, I look up to him and have the utmost respect and admiration for all that he has achieved," Victoria told Grazia.
So it was no surprise when Victoria praised David after winning Glamour’s Women of the Year. "Running a business, my work with UNAIDS, and most importantly, being a mum, wouldn't be possible without David, Not only is he the most incredible father, but he's supportive and someone who loves and inspires me every single day."
Love At First Sight
To kick off 2016, Victoria wrote her 18-year-old self a letter that was published by British Vogue. “Yes, love at first sight does exist. It will happen to you in the Manchester United players’ lounge—although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy,” she described first meeting her husband.
Their love truly melts our hearts! Despite years of being in the spotlight, constantly being chased by paparazzi, and always making headlines, the iconic couple has been able to tune out the volume of the public and focus on their love and their family. It’s no wonder that many people refer to this duo as a royal couple!
We know Victoria loves to gush about her handsome hubby, but every time the Spice Girl was photographed there was never a smile. Fortunately, she admitted her posh demeanor wasn’t how she felt on the inside. Phew! “I’m smiling on the inside. I feel that I have a responsibility to the fashion community,” she told Vogue.
“David and I have a lot of fun together,” Mrs. Beckham admitted to Vogue Netherlands, “If I really was as miserable as I look in some of those paparazzi pictures, my children wouldn’t be as happy as they are. And I certainly wouldn’t be married anymore.” We sure do love their love...but not everyone thought it was real love.
Real Love or Business Deal?
Rumors surrounding a famous couple are inevitable. Especially when both sides could benefit from the union, That’s probably why gossip spread that Victoria and David only got married as a business deal. "People have talked about, 'Do we stay together because it's a brand?'” the midfielder addressed the accusations.
“Of course not. We stay together because we love each other, because we have four amazing children,” he went on telling BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. “Do you go through tough times? Of course. That's part of relationships. It's part of marriages.” Seems like the Beckhams love being wed, so much so that they did it twice!
A Second Wedding
During the same interview David had with BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs in January of 2017, the soccer star revealed that he and Victoria had decided to renew their vows after years of marriage. But this time around, the couple decided they wanted a far more private ceremony than the one they first had in 1999.
"We have renewed our vows since [our first wedding]. It was a lot more private, about six people there in our house," the father of four explained. His fashion designer wife also spilled tea on that day, “It was the most romantic thing he has ever done,” she confessed during a promo video for her fragrance Suite 302.
Stronger as a Unit
Back in 2018, the Beckhams were yet again making headlines about a potential split. By this point, they had learned to ignore the haters. "People have been making things up about our relationship for 20 years, so David and I are pretty used to ignoring the nonsense and just carrying on as normal,” Victoria told British People.
“But these things have a wider effect on the people around us, and that's unfair,” the singer went on, further explaining how she and David work better together. "Would either of us be in the position that we are in now had we not met and been together all those years ago? It's all about the family unit.”
Keys to a Successful Marriage
While it is clearly important to the iconic duo to have a strong family unit, it doesn’t just happen overnight. David explained to Lisa Wilkinson on The Sundays Project in 2018, “I think marriage is always about hard work. To have been married for the amount of time we have, you know it’s always hard work.”
David went on gushing about his wife. "We 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 with four beautiful young children … but obviously her business world, you know, to be on the front cover of Vogue, was a huge thing."
The British power couple celebrated 20 loving years together on July 4th, 2019 by sharing adorable tributes to one another on social media. “WOW 20 years, look what we created. Love you so much,” David wrote to his wife on Instagram, making sure to tag not only Victoria but also their four kids.
And remember the slideshow Victoria shared filled with numerous iconic photos of the couple's time together over the past 2 decades. Just before celebrating their anniversary Victoria had an interview with Entertainment Tonight where she revealed her hubby was her biggest cheerleader. “He really supports me in what I do.”
The Total Package
It’s no secret that David Beckham is known for his sparkling good looks. The football legend was even named People Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive back in 2015. Nevertheless, Victoria makes sure that fans know he was more than just his looks and athletic abilities.
"Obviously, he's incredibly good-looking, but David is the most wonderful husband and fantastic father and a real inspiration to all of us," she gushed back in 2019 while on The View. "He's hardworking … I'm lucky to have him as my soulmate." Indeed you are Victoria!
Glimpse of the Past
In more recent years, the closest we get to the inside scoop about Victoria and David’s private life is through their Instagrams. And every once in a while fans are lucky enough to get some throwback photos of the couple's life before they were a big family of 6.
Back in May of 2020, the former Spice Girl member shared a snap in honor of her athletic husband’s birthday. “Happy birthday @DavidBeckham. Remembering our walks with Snoop and Puffy in Manchester all those years ago. Still dog walking together 23 years later. Love you so much,” she wrote.
Past, Present, Future
Back in 2017, the fashion designer dedicated a letter to her younger self for Vogue. So it only made sense to do another one in 2021, except this time she wrote her future self a letter. In it, she revealed to fans that even after years of marriage, the pop star still knows how to keep a bit of mystery in store for David.
"You've said f--- it, and put on a great dress and a smoky eye. You always liked to surprise people — especially David,” she explained, “Preserving that bit of mystique is always helpful after almost 22 years of marriage. (What anniversary are you celebrating now?)."
From Soccer Star to Beauty Director
Since her days on the stage, Victoria has always been a lover of fashion. So it only made sense that in 2008 she started her own fashion label. And with David by her side, she has been able to achieve big things with the brand. The star even created a beauty brand in 2019, inspired by her infamous smokey eye.
We know that David supports his wife’s dreams, and even more so he helps make them a reality! In 2021, the athlete collabed with Victoria in directing her Beauty campaign. We are in Miami filming for Victoria Beckham Beauty," she said while turning the camera to David. "My director for the day who is going to be filming me."
Stars - They're Just Like Us!
Those who follow the Beckhams on Instagram already know how many cute and aw-worthy photos the couple share of one another. We personally can’t get enough. Especially when we get to see a glimpse of their family dynamic like we saw back in 2021 when David shared a photo of his wife smooching his cheek.
"Kids getting slightly embarrassed when asked to take a picture of mom and dad," Victoria shared. "But then loving dad's facials. Thanks Harper Seven for the pic and sorry @cruzbeckham for embarrassing you." LOL. A few months later David shared a pic of Victora's lunch, "Enjoy lunch, ---hole. Come home happier," he wrote.
Victoria and David don’t just show off their love for one another on the gram, but they also do so with permanent ink. Years ago the pop star got a tattoo of David’s initials on her wrist. But after sharing a video of a makeup swatch fans noticed that the ink had been removed leading to speculations (yet again) of a possible split.
Luckily, getting rid of the tattoo had nothing to do with divorce. “They just didn’t look so nice,” she revealed on Today to Hoda Kotb. “It doesn’t mean anything more than that.” What a relief! "I think that the media started to speculate, was I leaving my husband? No, I was just a bit sick of the tattoo. It's as simple as that."
Posh Spice Forever
While Victoria might be removing some old ink, her husband had a completely opposite idea. It was clear that their love was as strong as ever when this past year, in September, David got another tattoo in honor of his wife and her former career in the music world.
The football athlete revealed the new ink to his fans by sharing photos of it on his Instagram. It was simple but oh-so-cute. David got the word “posh” written across his middle finger on his left hand. Aww. Could their romantic gestures get any cuter?
After all these years of watching their love unravel one would think that we’d move on to the next It couple. But as it turns out (and with no surprise) fans were eager to watch a new four-part series documentary on Netflix about David’s career and his marriage to the one and only Posh Spice.
“They were the new Charles and Diana, in some ways,” said former Manchester United player Gary Neville, in the first episode of “Beckham.” Clearly, this is a love story that will be told for years ti come. We can't wait to see what the next 20 years of Victoria and David’s relationship will bring!