Rebecca Loos, David Beckham's former PA, claimed in 2004 that she had an affair with the married footballer while he was playing for Real Madrid and his wife Victoria was back in the UK. David called her claims 'ridiculous'.
Rebecca sold her story to the now-defunct News of the World, alleging they got intimate after a night out and enjoyed a series of secret romps and phone sex. In David's new Netflix documentary, Beckham, he and Victoria discuss his alleged infidelity – which he has always denied – and the tough time it brought.
David, 48, says: "There were some horrible stories that were difficult to deal with. It was the first time that me and Victoria had been put under that kind of pressure in our marriage."
Former Spice Girl Victoria, 49, admits it was the lowest point in their marriage. "One hundred percent. It was the hardest period for us. Because it felt like the world was against us. And here's the thing; we were against each other, if I'm being completely honest. 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 that we had each other either. And that's sad. I can't even begin to tell you how hard it was and how it affected me."
David adds: "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."
The couple went on a "make or break" trip in April 2004 to the French ski resort of Courchevel footage of which is also shown in the candid documentary. David describes their marriage woes as a feeling of "drowning" as he explains: "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?'"
When the director asks how they survived, Beckham adds: "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."
Rebecca gave several follow-up interviews after her initial explosive chat. In a sit down with Sky, she claimed her chemistry with David had been off the charts and that they shared the same sense of humour. Addressing his marriage, she said it appeared that David missed her and was 'lonely' in Spain but insisted she had no intention to break up their marriage. Asked about her thoughts on Victoria, she issued five words: "I don't expect any sympathy."
She continued: "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."
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