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Victoria Beckham has admitted that relocating to Spain was ‘less-than ideal’ after her husband David’s shock move to Real Madrid.
The footballer, 48, was stunned when he learned that he’d been signed for the La Liga side in 2003 after over a decade at his boyhood club Manchester United, meaning his entire family had to move countries overnight.
And speaking in his Netflix documentary series BECKHAM, which was released on Wednesday, David admitted Victoria ‘wasn’t too happy,’ about the news that they would be leaving the UK.
The designer said that was always perceived as ‘the villain’ by Spanish football fans because she didn’t move there with David right away, insisting that she only delayed it until she could find suitable schools for their sons Brooklyn and Romeo.
Detailing the moment David shared the news of their relocation in the documentary’s third episode, Victoria said she replied: ‘What do you mean we’re going to Spain?”
Revealed: Victoria Beckham has admitted that relocating to Spain was ‘less-than ideal’ after her husband David’s shock move to Real Madrid
New move: The footballer, 48, was stunned when he learned that he’d been signed for the La Liga side in 2003 after over a decade at his boyhood club Manchester United
‘[David] said ”we’re going to Spain,” when?’ ”In about 12 hours!”
Victoria added: ‘I was like what do you mean we don’t have anywhere to live, we don’t have schools for the children, what do you mean? But the reality is that we moved to Spain.’
Asked how she felt about the move, Victoria said: ‘Less than ideal.’
David faced a difficult few months settling in at Real Madrid, with the sports str admitting he felt ‘lonely’ when he struggled to find form with the club, especially after they appointed Carlos Queiroz as manager.
He said: ‘That was difficult, to not have my family.’
‘[Victoria] just didn’t want to sit at home, she didn’t want to become a footballer’s wife, and that’s what I loved about her from day one.
‘I remember being upset on the phone to Victoria because I felt lonely.’
Victoria admitted that Spanish fans struggled to warm to her, particularly after it was reported that she didn’t like Spain because it ‘smelled like garlic,’ which she denied ever saying.
Opinion: The designer said that was always perceived as ‘the villain’ by Spanish football fans because she didn’t move there with David right away
Really? David admitted that Victoria (pictured in 2004) ‘wasn’t too happy,’ about the news that they would be leaving the UK
‘More often than not, I was always the villain,’ she said.
‘It was never about Spain, we had a family we had to think about. I had two children, Brooklyn and Romeo, and this is what nobody seemed to take into consideration, when I was getting cricised for not being in Spain from the beginning.
‘A kid has to go to school, I knew I couldn’t move until I had a school for Brooklyn. I was doing Monday to Friday in London and then jumping on a plane to Spain.
‘But everything was fabricated, taken out of context. It was never about Spain.’
As shown in the documentary, David scored on his home debut against Mallorca, and won the Spanish Super Cup, kickstarting a four-year stint at the club.
Later in the documentary, Victoria admitted she resented her husband after he turned their life into a ‘circus’.
Speaking about the experience, Victoria confessed: ‘Did I resent David? If I’m being totally honest, yes I did.’
The show then cut to footage of the famous pair driving through Spain with their distressed son Brooklyn who was crying as overzealous fans pounded on the window of their car.
David attempted to console Brooklyn by announcing ‘it’s alright Buster they can’t get in the car,’ while Victoria soothed him by saying: ‘it’s alright, mummy’s got you.’
Cutting to modern day, Victoria candidly confessed: ‘If I’m being honest it’s probably the most unhappy I have ever been in my entire life.
‘It wasn’t that I was being unheard, I chose to internalise a lot of it because I was always mindful of the focus that he needed.’
The four-part documentary saw the Beckhams speak emotionally about David’s life, spanning his life from his childhood through to his latest role as co-owner of US side Inter Miami.
In the final episode of the series, Victoria broke a 20-year silence to detail the pain she suffered in the aftermath of the claims about her husband David’s alleged affair with Rebecca Loos.
The designer revealed that the months afterwards were the ‘hardest’ of her life and that she no longer felt like the couple ‘had each other’.
Meanwhile, Beckham admitted he still doesn’t know how they got through the 2003 crisis but he and his former Spice Girl wife knew they had to ‘fight for their family’, and said they felt like they were ‘drowning’ when their high-profile marriage was in the headlines for months.
The former England captain also told how he ‘felt physically sick every day’ as he and Victoria faced a battle to save their marriage.
In a searingly honest interview in the fourth and final episode, Victoria appeared to fight back tears as she was asked if it was the hardest time in their marriage. ‘100 per cent,’ she confessed. ‘It was the hardest period for us. Because it felt like the world was against us.
‘Here’s the thing, we were against each other, if I’m being completely honest. Up until Madrid sometimes it felt like us against everybody else but we were together, we were connected, we had each other.
Tough: The final episode also saw Victoria break a 20-year silence to detail the pain she suffered in the aftermath of claims about her husband David’s alleged affair with Rebecca Loos
‘But when we were in Spain, it didn’t really feel like 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.’
Beckham stunned the world when his alleged relationship with Ms Loos were revealed in the now defunct News Of The World newspaper.
At the time Victoria had decided to remain in the UK so that her young sons Brooklyn and Romeo could stay in their schools. The decision left Beckham lonely, and he admits that he struggled.
He said: ‘When I first moved to Spain it was difficult because I had been part of a club and a family for my whole career, from the age of 15 to when I was 27. 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.
‘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.’
Asked how their marriage survived, David told how he feared playing football while his wife struggled to find a way through their crisis.
Shaking his head, he said: ‘I don’t know how we got through it, in all honestly. Victoria is everything to me, to see her hurt was incredibly difficult, but we’re 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. There were some days that I would wake up and think, ‘How am I going to go to work? How am I going to walk on to 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?’
The crisis prompted Victoria to relocate to Madrid, where they bought a £3million home which she says she decorated herself. She later went on to have the couple’s third son, Cruz, now 18, in the Spanish capital.