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Victoria Beckham finally breaks her silence on husband David's alleged affair with Rebecca Loos after 20 years

Rebecca was David Beckham's personal assistant in 2003

David Beckham and Victoria Beckham
Faye James
Faye JamesSenior Editor
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In a deeply personal and candid revelation, Victoria Beckham spoke out about the excruciating emotional turmoil she endured following allegations surrounding her husband David's purported affair with Rebecca Loos, nearly two decades ago. 

The alleged affair with David's former PA was during his tenure with Real Madrid in 2003. Rumours swirled, and Victoria confessed those following months were perhaps the most gruelling of her life.

In an intimate conversation during their Netflix documentary, Beckham which premiered in London on Tuesday, Victoria shared: "It was the hardest period for us. Because it felt like the world was against us. 

Victoria Beckham and David Beckham attend the Netflix 'Beckham' UK Premiere © Karwai Tang
Victoria Beckham and David Beckham attend the Netflix 'Beckham' UK Premiere

"We were against each other... Up until Madrid sometimes it felt like us against everybody else but we were together, we were connected, we had each other. But in Spain, it felt disjointed." The profound pain from that period was evident, with Victoria admitting that she often felt isolated, even from David. "[It was] the most unhappy I have ever been in my entire life."

Equally reflective, David struggled to find words to depict their crisis in 2003, remembering how they felt like they were "drowning". He confided: "Every time that we woke up we felt there was something else... we both felt at the time that we were not losing each other but drowning."

As the world speculated, David recalled the daily agony: "I felt physically sick every day when I opened my eyes, 'How am I going to do this?'"

Rebecca Loos © Martin Doyle
Rebecca Loos

The Beckhams' openness in the documentary seemed a testament to their desire for authenticity. They believed they no longer had "anything to prove."

Victoria Beckham holds son Romeo beside David Beckham's PA Rebecca Loos (L) during the Spanish Primera Liga match between Real Madrid in 2003© Shaun Botterill
Victoria Beckham holds son Romeo beside David Beckham's PA Rebecca Loos (L) during the Spanish Primera Liga match between Real Madrid in 2003

Amid the Madrid ordeal, Victoria had remained in the UK to maintain stability for their sons, Brooklyn and Romeo. This separation exacerbated David’s sense of loneliness and isolation in Spain. He recounted, "I get sold overnight, the next minute I'm in a city, I don't speak the language. More importantly, I didn't have my family."

The couple's resilience, however, shone through. David expressed how vital Victoria was to him, noting that they had to "fight for each other, we needed to fight for our family."

Mia Regan, Romeo Beckham, Cruz Beckham, Harper Beckham, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz © Karwai Tang
Mia Regan, Romeo Beckham, Cruz Beckham, Harper Beckham, David Beckham, Victoria Beckham, Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz

As part of their healing process, the family relocated to Madrid, buying a home which Victoria took pride in decorating. Their son, Cruz, was born there, signaling a fresh start. Yet, Victoria admitted moving had its challenges, sharing her reservations and the strain it added to their relationship.

The couple found reprieve when they shifted to Los Angeles, where David played for LA Galaxy. Victoria spoke of the city with affection, describing it as "a place where everything was just so much easier... LA was a great place to live."

However, challenges persisted. Victoria expressed her exasperation when David considered a temporary move to AC Milan, reflecting on the sacrifices she'd made for the sake of their family.

Their journey, with all its highs and lows, culminates in the documentary's finale, depicting the family dancing joyfully in their Oxfordshire home. As they approach their 25th wedding anniversary, Victoria mused: "I feel happy now, I feel really content now," a testament to the couple’s enduring bond amidst life’s storms.

David and Victoria's relationship timeline

David Beckham and Victoria Beckham wearing black and smiling for the cameras at the British Fashion Awards 2015© Anthony Harvey

1997 – The couple meet in the Manchester United players' lounge – and it is reportedly love at first sight.

1998  – David pops the question on 25 January with a three-carat, marquise-cut sparkler from Boodle and Dunthorpe.

1999 –  The duo tie the knot in July, four months after the arrival of their first child, Brooklyn.

2002 – Second son Romeo is born in London on 1 September.

2003 – Allegations of an affair between David and his PA, Rebecca Loos, surface

2005 – Third son Cruz is born on 20 February.

2011 – First daughter, Harper Seven, is born on 10 July.

2017 – Eighteen years after they married, the couple renew their wedding vows in January.

Christian Horner and Anna Wintour among celebrities in attendance at the Beckham premiere last night 

Christian Horner and Bluebell Halliwell

christian horner with stepdaughter Bluebell © Getty
The father-daughter duo were all smiles

F1 president, Christian Horner stepped out with his step-daughter, Bluebell Halliwell, to support the Beckham clan, whilst his wife, and fellow-former Spice Girl, Geri Halliwell was in the US for her appearance on Jimmy Fallon.

Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour headed out for the occasion© Karwai Tang
Anna Wintour headed out for the occasion

Fashion icon Anna Wintour was the epitome of chic as she headed out to support fellow fashion mogul, Victoria Beckham last night.

Holly Ramsay

The daughter of Gordon Ramsay stunned in a chic black number© getty
Holly Ramsay, the daughter of Gordon Ramsay stunned in a chic black number

Gordon Ramsay's eldest daughter Holly was pictured at last night's star-studded screening. The Ramsays are increibly close friends with the Beckhams so it's no surprise the blonde beauty headed into London for the occasion. 

Alex Scott

Alex Scott looked beautiful as she posed for photos on the red carpet © Mike Marsland
Alex Scott looked beautiful as she posed for photos on the red carpet

Alex Scott oozed glamour in her gorgeous chestnut brown gown as she posed for the camera. She then performed a speech ahead of the screening.

Emma Bunton

Emma Bunton looked fabulous in an all black-ensemble © Dave Benett
Emma Bunton looked fabulous in an all black-ensemble

Of course no Beckham premier would be complete without fellow Spice Girls in attendance and Emma Bunton looked fabulous as she beamed on the black carpet.

James Corden

James Corden was spotted on the red carpet of the exciting evening© Lia Toby
James Corden was spotted on the red carpet of the exciting evening

James Corden was beaming as he headed to central London last night and kept it cool in a dark navy blue and black ensemble.

Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne stepped out in suport of the Beckhams© Lia Toby
Jess Glynne stepped out in suport of the Beckhams

Popstar Jess Glynne was also amongst the celebrity line up!

Isabela Grutman

The couple's close friend Isabela Grutman stepped out alongside her husband David Grutman© Karwai Tang
The couple's close friend Isabela Grutman stepped out alongside her husband David Grutman

Isabela Grutman, a dear friend of the Beckham family was in attendance with her husband, David Grutman.

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